POMEGRANATE AND CHERRY TRIFLE
Happy Valentine's day !
Happy Valentine's day !
Wow. What a nice quote on love, it is true that we cannot live without love; love is as important as other basic necessities of life like-food, shelter and clothing. Am I right?
I remember, I discussed this issue of basic necessities, with my secondary school students, many times in the class room, when I was teaching economics to them. In those lessons the major point of discussion for the students was to accept love as a basic necessity or not.
In economics, there is a topic on necessities, comforts and luxuries which students have to understand with examples. In their text books it was mentioned that, in necessities, after food, shelter and clothing comes- love, affection, health, education etc. Students used to enjoy this topic, because their input was also considered a lot, in allocating different things under these three categories of necessities, comforts and luxuries. The problem, we teachers had, was that these type of topics were taking much longer than the other ones. Students were debating a lot - some would agree on accepting love, affection, health, education etc as a basic necessity, while others would disagree.
You know, teaching secondary school students on one side is a challenge, but on the other side is a lot fun and enjoyment. If a teacher is confident on the topic, what she/he is teaching in a class, then there is no problem, she/he can really enjoy teaching it. Secondary school students like to challenge teachers a lot, for them it is fun, but as a teacher we should be patient enough to answer them and our duty is to satisfy their questions. I personally think that when an effort is made to answer and convince them to the fullest, they develop respect and admiration towards us as a teacher.
I have really enjoyed this profession and my long years of teaching in a secondary school. I think teaching is a noble profession, where we teachers get a lot of respect and love from our clients (students), as compared to other professions.
Coming to the recipe, this trifle, I made for a friend of mine who was visiting me, last Saturday evening. She informed me about her visit only one day before, and by chance Saturday was also her birthday. On that morning, I went to the nearby shops to get madeira cake, I could not get it, I tried in three shops, then I gave up. I had no choice but to buy the soft cake, that is the reason cake is not visible in the serving glass. I enjoy madeira cake in trifle because when we eat, we can enjoy a bite of the cake but if the cake is too soft or spongy you do not really enjoy that bite of the cake.
In this recipe I did not use any custard, and wanted to make it fruitier. I had some frozen cherries with me, which I used to give a layer after the cake.
- 500 grams fresh/whipping cream
- 100 grams icing sugar
- 500 grams cherries, some more for garnishing
- 1 small madeira cake or any plain cake ( I used eggless cake)
- 1 packet of vegetarian pomegranate jelly
- 50 grams walnuts
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
- Read the instructions on the packet and make jelly and put it in the fridge before hand.
- Mix sugar in cream and whip it for 5 minutes.
- Thaw cherries and make puree in a food processor.
- Slice cake thinly.
- Start layering all items in serving glasses, start with the first layer of cake.
- Then next layer is cherry puree, then cream on top of it.
- Next is the layer of jelly, top is the thin layer of cream.
- Decorate it with pomegranate arils, some cherries and walnuts.
- Serve cold as a dessert.
This can be made few hours in advance and can be kept in a fridge. 6 glasses can be made as shown in the pics above.