Cranberry and Chocolate Trifle

Photo: Charles Schiller; Styling: Lynn Miller

Recipe Time

Prep: 35 Minutes
Chill: 5 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 717
Fat 37 g
Satfat 21 g
Protein 10 g
Carbohydrate 92 g
Fiber 6 g
Cholesterol 310 mg
Sodium 147 mg

Ingredients

Cranberry Compote:
2 (12 oz.) bags fresh cranberries
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 cup orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Chocolate Pudding:
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Trifle:
3 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup orange juice or orange liqueur, or a combination
30 ladyfingers
1 ounce dark chocolate, grated
1 tablespoon grated orange zest

Preparation

1. Make compote: Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer until cranberries pop, 5 minutes. Let cool. (Can be prepared one day ahead; cover and refrigerate.)

2. Make pudding: Bring 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar and cocoa to simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat. In a bowl, whisk remaining 1/2 cup milk with cornstarch, egg yolks, vanilla and salt.

3. Slowly add hot milk to egg mixture, whisking constantly. Return to pan. Whisk over medium-high heat until pudding boils. Lower heat and whisk until pudding becomes very thick, about 3 minutes.

4. Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Pour into bowl, cover surface with plastic wrap and chill for 4 hours or overnight.

5. Set aside 3/4 cup of compote. Whip cream until stiff peaks form, reserving 1 1/2 cups. Fold remaining cream gently into chocolate pudding.

6. Cover bottom of trifle bowl with ladyfingers. Add 1/3 of orange juice or liqueur. Spread 1/3 of compote over ladyfingers; cover with 1/3 of pudding mixture. Repeat, layering twice more.

7. Spread reserved cream on top. Spoon reserved compote into center of bowl. Garnish with zest and grated chocolate. Chill 1 hour; serve.

Note:

December 2007