Saturday, 28 December 2013

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Trifle

Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle

Every now and then, I try to make something a bit like a trifle.

This is a challenge. I don't like blancmange or cold custard, I don't do jelly, and I'm not really a big fan of cream... which significantly reduces the number of traditional trifle ingredients available to me.

However, there's a lot of scope within the broader class of layered desserts containing fruit, alcohol, finger sponges, and something-a-bit-creamy. This time, I decided to use cream cheese to make my 'cream' layer, in the style of a chocolate cheesecake. We picked up some kirsch-soaked cherries at the BBC Good Food Show, and they worked wonderfully, but you could equally well use any bottled cherries and add a generous dash of kirsch.

I'm submitting this to December's We Should Cocoa challenge, hosted by Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog, for which this month's festive theme is alcohol.

Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Trifle
Makes 2 individual portions

75g (3oz) dark chocolate
2tbsp single cream
75g (3oz, ½ cup) icing sugar
110g (4oz, ½ cup) full-fat cream cheese
3 trifle sponges
120g (½ cup) cherries
4tbsp kirsch

  1. Melt the chocolate together with the cream (use a bain marie or similar to avoid burning the mixture).
  2. Meanwhile, sift the icing sugar into the cream cheese.
  3. Stir the melted chocolate into the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Cut the trifle sponges in half, and arrange three pieces in each serving dish.
  5. Spoon cherries and kirsch over the sponges.
  6. Divide the chocolate mixture between the two dishes, and smooth the tops.
  7. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes said...

LOVE cherry and chocolate together. Looks like a winner of a trifle!

Rebecca Subbiah said...

looks so good, love a good trifle have a great new year

Karen Main said...

Rachel I don't do jelly either and love cherries, awesome recipe.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Oh, I need some right now!

Geraldine Saucier said...

This looks delicious. I love chocolate and cherries. Thanks for sharing:)

Jules Woolford said...

Two portions? Not in this household:) Scrumptious.

Virtually Vegan Mama said...

this looks so yummy! love trifles!

Rachel said...

You don't back down from a challenge, do you!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

That looks wonderful! I think I'll get my daughter to make it for us. She's the dessert maker in our family. (I'm too lazy!)

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

This sounds heavenly. My husband would love it as he loves chocolate/cherry combo.

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Very curious to try a cheesecake trifle :-) And kirsch-soaked cherries are so awesome, looks like a fab dessert.

Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama said...

This looks AMAZING! I am totally pinning!! So perfect for small intimate dinner parties. I can't wait to try, thank you for sharing!!

Choclette said...

Not like cream? I'm shocked and horrified, but glad to see that cheese gets the thumbs up. Your trifle sounds fabulous, especially with those kirsch soaked cherries. Thanks for entering it into WSC.

Would be happy for you to host in April, if that is OK. I've sent you an invite to the Pinterest board too.

Wishing you all the best for 2014.

Johanna GGG said...

this sounds so much my sort of thing - I am not so keen on creamy jelly desserts but chocolate and cherries is always my thing

Cris @ Home made easy cakes said...

This looks so good :x

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