Please welcome Nan Dixon, a two-time Golden Heart finalist and a self-confessed contest junkie. Her heroines spend a lot of time in the kitchen and therefore so do her heroes. If Nan’s not typing on her laptop, she’s usually in her kitchen or watching the Food Network. Nan lives in Minnesota and writes contemporary romance, and has fabulous taste in naming her heroines. 😉
Just a Trifle
One of my favorite desserts that my British mother taught me to create is trifle. Trifle is the traditional dessert for Christmas Eve in our house. So when I created Abigail, the heroine in SAVANNAH SIGHS, my 2011 Golden Heart© finalist novel, I made her a chef at the family bed and breakfast. She creates fabulous desserts for the afternoon teas held at the B&B. Of course, when Abby makes trifle – she makes 6 at a time. I’ve only ever done 2 in one setting. I do lighten up on the Sherry for my kids.
Here’s what you need:
Ladyfingers (If you can’t find them – I use Angel food cake)
Dry Sherry (not cooking sherry – it contains salt)
Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding
8 oz – Jam – I use my homemade Raspberry jam
Optional fresh fruit – Strawberries or raspberries
Decorative sugars – colored
A glass trifle dish – or other dish that will show off the layers
What To Do:
Layer the bottom of your dish with Ladyfingers or angel food cake
Sprinkle about a teaspoon (or more) of Sherry on the layer.
Spread the jam on top of the ladyfingers
Cook the vanilla pudding, but eliminate about a quarter of a cup of milk. Follow the directions on the package for cooking. Before it is finished cooking, add a slosh of sherry.
Pour the pudding over the ladyfingers and jam.
Cover loosely (so the steam escapes) and chill.
If you would like to add a layer of fresh strawberries or raspberries, this is where you would add them once the pudding has cooled. Since I am allergic to them – I don’t.
Prepare whipping cream. I throw my bowl and beaters in the freezer just to keep them cold. Once peaks start to form slowly, add sugar by the teaspoon until sweet (to your taste). Then – you guessed it – add sherry.
When serving — dip into all layers. Enjoy.