Tuesday 12 April 2011

Blueberry Trifle

I am sure everyone is enjoying the beautiful and bright days of spring after the long grey winters. Spring is my favourite season of the year and I am sure its yours too. Thats because its a season of changes and it brings freshness to our lives and we see so many changes happening around us like the birds chirping happily, new leaves growing on the dry branches, beautiful beds of daffodils growing everywhere and also for me the most exciting part about this season is hosting parties and inviting friends for BBQ parties. We just had a BBQ day last weekend and I can't wait for the weather to get better so we can have more fun . And I love to end these parties with yummy and easy-peasy desserts. And this Blueberry trifle is one of my favourite spring/summer desserts. If you prepare the sauce ahead, its just a matter of assembling this.

Trifles are usually served in tranparant bowls/glasses to show the different layers in it. So make sure you are either using a big serving bowl or individual glasses for this. Traditionally alcohol is sprinkled on the layers of pound cake. But because we don't consume alcoholic drink, I have replaced it by making a vanilla syrup. So, go ahead and try this easy dessert and believe me you would be very pleased to see the pleasant smiles on your guest's face.

Adapted from Joy of Baking
-serves 4

8 slices of sponge cake/ pound cake,
3-4 tbsp vanilla syrup,
1 cup fresh Blueberries,
1 cup Blueberry sauce,
1 cup heavy whipping cream,
1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese,
1/2 tsp vanilla essence,
3 tbsp granulated sugar and
3-4 digestive cookies/ gingersnap cookies.

For Bleueberry sauce:
1-2 cups fresh Blueberries,
1/2 cup of sugar,
1 tbsp of cornstarch and
juice of half lemon.

For vanilla syrup:
1/2 cup of water,
2 tbsp of sugar and
1 tbsp of vanilla essence.


Using a cookie cutter cut the pound cake slices into 8 rounds according to the diameter of the glasses you are serving the trifle in. Now in a bowl, place the whipping cream, mascarpone cheese, sugar and vanilla essence and whip till soft peaks.

To make the blueberry sauce:
Combine all the ingredients listed above in a non stick saucepan and cook over a medium heat until the sugar melts, the blueberries break and cook till it reaches the consistency of a sauce. Cool in the refrigerator until ready to use.

To make the syrup:
Put all the ingredients- water, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and mix till well blended and keep aside.

To assemble:
Place 1 round slice of the pound cake at the bottom of the glass, sprinkle with 1 tsp of the vanilla syrup, And spread around 1 tbsp of the prepared blueberry sauce on the pound cake. Place some fresh Blueberries and place a dollop of whipped cream-mascarpone mixture. Now repeat another layer and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or till ready to serve. Just before serving sprinkle with some crushed cookies and top it with few fresh blueberries.

Refrigerating the Trifle will allow all the flavours to mingle and makes it more tasty. So its always better to prepare this dish in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

You can replace the blueberry sauce with any jam or fruit preserve. And also if you don't have whipped cream-mascarpone mixture, you can just use whipped cream or just plain old custard between the layers.


Hamaree Rasoi said...

Trifle looks awesome. You have created a masterpiece!

Hamaree Rasoi

chow and chatter said...

oh wow beautiful trifle and adore spring :-)

Indian Khana said...

Delicious ...looks so gud ..yum

Fathima said...

Yummy trifles! Love anything w/ blueberries... love its taste and the color it adds to the dish!

Vikis Kitchen said...

Lovely triffle....great idea for the parties. Looks gorgeous dear.

Nandinis food said...

Wow! The trifle looks cool and love it!

Mélange said...

wow..that looks so classy and tempting..terrific recipe.

sangeeta said...

looking lovely and delicious , I have kept ready the ingredients for a chocolate and red grapes truffle and have not been doing it ... thanks for tempting me enough . Can't find blueberries here :(

A Spoonful of YUMM ! said...

that looks so tempting !!!! awesome food blog :))) do stop by my blog...

Familycook said...

Awesome pictures Faiza!

Suja Manoj said...

This looks awesome..perfect and yummy

Tina said...


Prathima Rao said...

Too yummy!!!Irresistible pics!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Panchpakwan said...

Yummy and tempting..

Suji said...

Tempting and delicious truffles

San said...

Luscious triffle faiza.I love spring too ,cannot wait for the summer to show up.

Suma Gandlur said...

Lovely trifle, Faiza. We had a wonderful weather over weekend but again it is chillier now. Can't wait for the summer.

HCG Diet Protocol said...

I just saw a chocolate fruit trifle recipe and now a blueberry one. Am I really that lucky?:) I've always loved blueberries so I'd give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing this.

~ Tifanny

Shobha said...

The trifle looks awesome..nice presentation.
Plz collect an award from my blog.

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am definitely delighted to find this. cool job!

Namitha said...

Beautiful trifle to welcome Spring :-) Good to see you back, Faiza :-)

Shobha said...

Hi Faiza Ali,
Please collect the FOOD MAZAA AWARD from my blog.

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

That looks so so sinfully yummy! Am so glad u r back with more temptations on this platter. Guess what?

We want more!

hamid said...

Sister Asak. u seem to be a very talented cook and i am a great foodie and love good food and have a great sense of understanding good and bad , this is my second visit to ur blog in the last 2 yrs dont remember of trying ur recipe before but for sure gonna try now.

i was wondering if u know the recipe of making "werkhy ka meeta " i used to love that sweet especially was served in marriages at Mysore where i spent my childhood

expect to hear from u soon
Best regards
Allah Hafiz

Faiza Ali said...

Wa alaikum Assalaam brother,
Glad to know you like my blog and about werkhy ka meetha...Actually I have not heard this name before.maybe its known with some other name? can you please tell in detail what it is made with? Hopefully I can help then, inshallah.


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