I adore cherries and eat them by the handful during summer.
While fresh cherries are a lovely snack, stewed cherries add a great flavour and festive colour to desserts. So with Christmas just around the corner I decided to make some festive Mini Cherry & Almond Trifles.
This dessert is so simple to make but it tastes wonderful and looks impressive.
You simply use a bought Italian Panettone cake for the trifle base, stew some cherries and whip some cream. I find that the cake and cherries are sweet enough so don’t add any sugar but you could add a little if desired. You could easily make these up a couple of hours in advance and just leave them in the fridge until 10 minutes before serving. In fact, trifles actually taste better once the flavours have had a change to mingle and deepen. If you are going to make them up in advance do whip the cream a little stiffer so it keeps its shape.
If you are using frozen cherries you can decorate the tops with a stewed cherry plus a sprig of mint on top in lieu of the fresh cherry decoration.
This is a perfect dessert for a festive gathering with friends and families. Bon appetit!
- 500 grams fresh cherries (or frozen cherries)
- 70 grams dry roasted almonds
- ¾ cup water
- ½ Panetonne cake
- 1¼ cup thickened cream
- 30 grams slivered almonds
- Reserve six of best looking cherries and set aside.
- Remove pits from rest of the cherries with a cherry stoner. Make sure you wear an apron when you do this to avoid staining of your clothes.
- Place stoned cherries in small saucepan with water.
- Bring to boil and then simmer for 10 minutes. Leave to cool.
- Meanwhile, whip cream with a stand or hand mixer until firm but not stiff.
- Cut panettone into 4 cm slices.
- Using a cookie cutter, or the rim of a glass, cut six circles of cake from the slice and use it to line four serving glasses or bowls.
- Spoon over cherry mixture including juices, diving equally.
- Sprinkle almonds on top and then spoon cream on top.
- Decorate each glass with a fresh cherry and garnish with slivered almonds