Tuesday, December 30, 2008
A trifle is an simple dessert to put together with layers of cake,custard and fruits.I prepared this last dessert as a farewell to year 2008 with the luxurious apricot fruit.The canned apricots are affordable but the dried apricots are a little pricey.I used both dried and canned apricots in the trifle and prepare the custard
with low fat milk,If you can make the custard lump free then assembling the trifle is a cake walk.
6-8 apricot halves,canned
5-6 dried apricots,chopped
Chocolate cake or pound cake\sponge cake ,cut in small cubes
Apricot flavored Jello(kosher\halal) ,cook as per instructions and cut in any desired shape about 1 cup.
mixed dried fruits and nuts
2 cups reduced fat Organic milk
2 tablespoon corn starch\custard powder
2 tablespoon sugar
dash of pure vanilla extract(alcohol free)
To make the custard,bring milk to a boil , dissolve corn starch in 2 tablespoon of water and slowly add in to the hot milk while stirring constantly.Cook until it thickens about 5 minutes and keep stirring to prevent lumps.Stir in the vanilla and cool.
Assemble the triple in a big transparent bowl or individual serving cups.Layer the
Jello cubes at the bottom ,then the cake slices or cubes,drizzle the custard all over,spread some chopped canned and dried apricot ,another layer of cake and custard ,finish by topping with remaining Jello,fruits and some nuts.Serve cold.
Apricot trifle is my entry for A Fruit a month,a monthly fruit event started by Maheshwari,hostess of this month's luxurious Apricot fruit is Siri of Siri's Corner.
Apricot Nutrition Facts
Fresh, dried or canned, apricots are one of the best sources of beta-carotene, with just one fresh apricot providing about the daily recommendation of vitamin A. The beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A in the body. This nutrient helps protect the eyes and keep the skin, hair, gums and various glands healthy. It also helps build bones and teeth. Plus, research shows that Vitamin A helps to fight infection by maintaining strong immunity.
Hope everyone is having a joyous holiday season. Thank you for visiting my space here and the lovely comments.Have a wonderful and healthy new year:)