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Chocolate and Pear Trifle

Chocolate and Pear Trifle created by pattikay in L.A.

Posted in response to a request in the British cooking forum. I can't wait to try this one out, it looks yummy! Prep time includes up to 24 hours chilling time, although it can be as little as 4-6 hours, you decide.

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24hrs 20mins
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directions

  • Cut the ready-made chocolate pound cake into 1-inch cubes.
  • You should have about 8 cups.
  • Set aside.
  • To prepare the custard: In a medium size heavy saucepan, stir the sugar, flour, ground nutmeg and salt.
  • Gradually stir in the milk, egg yolks and vanilla extract.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly.
  • Cook and stir for 2 minutes more.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Pour into a bowl.
  • Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
  • To prepare the pears: Stir the wine, 1/3 cup sugar, lemon peel, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon in large skillet.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until reduced by half.
  • Add the sliced pear wedges to wine mixture, stir gently to coat.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover.
  • Simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the pears are tender.
  • Remove the pears from the skillet with slotted spoon and discard any cooking liguid.
  • Cover and refrigerate the pears for 4-24 hours.
  • Putting the trifle together: Place half of the chocolate pound cake cubes in the bottom of glass trifle bowl.
  • Pour half of the cooled custard sauce over the cake and half of the spiced pears over the custard.
  • Repeat layering the trifle with remaining chocolate pound cake cubes, custard sauce and pears.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
  • Right before you are ready to serve the trifle, remove from refrigerator, and garnish top of trifle with whipped cream, grated chocolate, and maraschino or candied cherries.
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"Posted in response to a request in the British cooking forum. I can't wait to try this one out, it looks yummy! Prep time includes up to 24 hours chilling time, although it can be as little as 4-6 hours, you decide."
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  1. pattikay in L.A.
    The flavors of this trifle go together very well. The custard and pears are nicely spiced - flavorful but not overwhelming. I made half the recipe, but accidentally made all of the custard, and I'm glad I did, because I think it would have been too dry otherwise. It's a lot of steps and you have to think ahead, but the end result is lovely. Note: I couldn't find a chocolate pound cake at my supermarket, so I made Recipe #128917 for this. Thanks for sharing, Mirj!
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  2. pattikay in L.A.
    Chocolate and Pear Trifle Created by pattikay in L.A.
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  3. Mirj2338
    Posted in response to a request in the British cooking forum. I can't wait to try this one out, it looks yummy! Prep time includes up to 24 hours chilling time, although it can be as little as 4-6 hours, you decide.
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