Trifles, often served for Christmas, are really year-round delights and should be made often. This delectable version is full of rich chocolate and dark cherries making it an absolute dream.
Black Forest Trifle

Black Forest Trifle
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Serves: 8
  • 4 1/2 Cups milk
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/3 Cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups cookie crumbs (made From Vanilla Wafers, Shortbread, or Chocolate Chip Cookies)
  • 8 slices chocolate cake or pound cake, 1-inch thick
  • 1 can Cherry-Pie Filling (20 ounces), reduced calories, if available
  • whipped cream for topping
  • shaved dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips for garnish
  1. Put 4 cups of the milk into a large, heavy saucepan. Add unsweetened chocolate and heat over moderate heat, watching carefully, until bubbles form on milk around edges of pan; milk is then scalded. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Put cornstarch, sugar, salt and remaining 1/2 cup milk into a small bowl. Use a small whisk to stir cornstarch mixture until all dry ingredients are moistened and no lumps remain. Be sure mixture is well stirred just before adding to hot milk.
  3. Using a large wire whisk, stir hot-milk mixture in saucepan while gradually adding cornstarch-milk mixture. Return saucepan to heat and cook over moderately high heat, stirring constantly, until milk mixture begins to boil. Boil 1 minute longer, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. (If you must stop for a short while, place a piece of plastic wrap on surface of pudding to prevent a skin from forming).
  5. Layer 1/2 of the cake into the bottom of a 2-quart souffle dish or glass bowl.
  6. Spoon 1/3 of the chocolate pudding over the cake. Top with 1/3 of the cookie crumbs, then layer remaining slices of cake to fit in an even layer.
  7. Set aside 1/2 cup cherry-pie filling. Gently spoon half of remaining filling onto cake in bowl. Repeat layering with another third of chocolate pudding, crumbs, the remaining cherry-pie filling and the remaining chocolate pudding.
  8. Spoon remaining cookie crumbs around chocolate pudding to form a border. Top chocolate pudding layer with whipped cream, then remaining 1/2 cup cherry-pie filling, placing it in the center.
  9. Refrigerate trifle, loosely covered, until pudding is well chilled -- 5 to 6 hours.
We loved this recipe as it is, but found that adding a layer of stiff whipped cream softened its flavor and texture just perfectly.

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