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Thursday, January 27, 2011

A fun day and a chocolate-y trifle!

The description of my blog says 'My pages about books, food and more', but even after 2 months of its creation, not a single post on food. Thats not fair! Books have found a good space here, so has the 'more' thing. So, I decided to post something really nice and sweet for my first food post here.

Yesterday, we had a small get-together at my place. It was a occassion to bid a formal farewell to our freind T who is going back to India for good and to convey our heartfelt wishes to N, who is a to be mother!

Our get-togethers are not just about meeting one another but also about food. It gives us an opportunity to flaunt our culinary talent :-)!

The menu was long and varied. Of course there was contribution from all of them. We talked, ate and palyed, talked, ate and played and by the end of the day, we were exhausted as if we were back from a long day of tedious work. But, it was a fun day and thank you friends for making that happen. Before sharing anything else I will like to share the menu which goes like this:

Lemonade, Kiwi Panna,Orange Juice, Onion Bhaji, Mint flavoured potato puffs, Savoury Semolina Cake, Shakarpare, Vegetable Paneer Lasagne (At least I intended to make that, but the outcome was different, but my friends said it tasted good and I believe them!), Chocolate Cupcakes, Vanilla Cupcakes and my Chocolate-y Trifle! On top of these there were lots of chocolates!

Well, I am sure you will say thats quite a menu and I agree. Here are some pictures too!


Now coming back to the recipe of my Chocolate-y Trifle which actually Chocolate Cookie Trifle. I got this recipe from my elder sis and have tried a couple of times before. My DH loved it too. So, instead of experimenting something on my friends(which i usually do), I went for the safer bet.

This is a very easy recipe and if you love chocolate, its for you!

(Click here for the printable version)
Ingredients:

300 ml fresh cream.
1/4 cup icing sugar or finely powdered sugar.
less than 1/2 cup of grated chocolate.
200 gm chocolate chip cookies.
4 galce cherries cut into half for decoration.

For ganache:

100 ml cream
100 gm chocolate.
1 tsp oil (optional)



The measures will vary according to the size of bowls you are using. I made them in individual small glass bowls and I got 8 with these measurements.

Process:

1. Put the cookies in a zip lock bag and run the rolling pin over it so that they are coarsely crushed. Keep it aside.

2. Whip the fresh cream and sugar till stiff.

3. For ganache, melt the chocolate either in a microwave or by putting in in a heatproof vessel and placing it over hot boiling water. When melted add the cream and oil if using and stirring well till everything is well incorporated. Keep it aside.

4. Now take the bowls u are using and line it first with the cookie mixture and then a layer of the whipped fresh cream. You can use an icing bag to make a layer of cream or use a spoon. Then line it with grated chocolate. Again put a cookie mixture followed by cream and top it with ganache. You can make as many layers as possible. Top it with glaced cherry.

5. Keep it in fridge for a day (See notes). The cookie mixture must absorb the moisture of cream and loose its crunchiness. Take it out of fridge 10 mins before serving.

Notes:

1. It is always better to make it a day in advance.

2. If you are making it on the same day. Keep it in freezer for 45 mins and then take it our for an hour. Keep it back in fridge until needed. The tempreture difference it will face will make the process faster.

3. While making the layer of cream, if the cream stick and is not spreading evenly then take a cup of hot water and dip a clean spoon into it and then smoothen the cream with it. Dip it in hot water as many times as neccesary.

Sending this to Lets Celebrate Sweets-Chocolate. This event is the brain child of Nivedita.

Enjoy!

8 comments:

  1. Seems like you guys had a lovely time. Loved this chocolate trifle recipe, looks yumm :-)

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  2. What lovely little trifles. I love how cute they look all layered up in those cups. I have a linky party every week on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up.

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  3. i love ur group... all of u are having so much fun :)
    and love the chocolate trifle... :)

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  4. Its always nice to be with friends right ?:).. thankyou for sharing your fun with us too :).. the trifles are sooo inviting!.. looks like the party-winner :)

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  5. It was yummy! Thanks Jyoti for the above recipe, I will also try someday. See you soon.

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  6. yummmyyy...!! bookmarking your recipe..

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  7. woww...beautiful...m tryin it right now! dont think ill b able to wait for 2mro to eat it!

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  8. Should have been a great day :)

    The trifle looks great.. yummy too :) anything chocolaty will get into my favorites list easily :)

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