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Cranberry and Orange Trifle

February 8, 2015
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So, Valentine’s Day is on Saturday. I though I would do a few desserts this week. I am not a huge Valentine’s Day celebrator.. but any I will take any excuse to make a great meal and an amazing dessert. So here is my favorite- a trifle.. well, why not??

Orange Curd (Recipe from Food and Wine)

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons

In a small heavy saucepan, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks. Whisk in the sugar, then whisk in the citrus juices and zests. Add the butter and whisk constantly over moderately low heat until the mixture thickens, about 8 minutes; do not let it boil. Immediately strain the curd into a bowl. Press plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd and cut 6 small steam vents in the plastic. Refrigerate the curd overnight.

Cranberry Filling

  • 12 ounces bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Transfer cranberries, orange juice and sugar to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or till the cranberries have burst open. Turn the heat off and add the extract. Mix well and refrigerate. Take a quarter cup of the cranberries out for garnish.

  • 1 packaged or homemade pound cake, cut in slices
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Whip the cream, mascarpone cheese and sugar with an electric beater till the stiff peaks are formed while being careful not to over whip.

Assemble the trifle by starting with lining the bottom of the bowl with one part of the cake slices (divide the cake slices into three parts). Divide the cranberry filling into three parts and spread one part over the cake. Divide the orange curd into three parts and spread one part over the cranberry filling. Repeat twice more and top with the whipped cream. Garnish with the cranberries. Chill in the fridge, preferably overnight.


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