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  • 80 g caster sugar
  • 250 g mascarpone
  • 1 cup cream, whipped, plus extra, for serving
  • 200 g Boudoir biscuits
  • 1/2 cup crème de cassis
  • 200 g gooseberries, plus 10 with husks on
  • 125 g blueberries
  • 200 g white chocolate, melted
  • 1 T icing sugar, sifted

Line a small loaf tin with clingfilm. Gently fold the sugar into the mascarpone and cream. Dip the biscuits into the cassis and place a single layer on the bottom of the loaf tin.

Follow with a layer of sweetened mascarpone, then a layer of berries. Repeat until the tin is full, making sure to end with a layer of biscuits.

Allow to set in the freezer for an hour, or in the fridge for a few hours.

Gently loosen the gooseberry husks and pull them back but keep them attached to the fruit. Dip the gooseberries in the melted white chocolate and place on a sheet of baking paper. Allow to set.

Place a sheet of baking paper onto a baking tray and pour the rest of the melted chocolate onto it. Do not spread it out or it will be too thin. Allow to set.

Once it is hard enough, drag a chef’s knife along the chocolate at a 45-degree angle to make curls. Refrigerate until needed.

Once the trifle has set, turn out onto a serving platter and remove the clingfilm. Mix the remaining whipped cream with the icing sugar and spread over the trifle.

Decorate with the gooseberries and chocolate curls.

Abigail Donnelly

Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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    Sam Venter
    30 December 2016

    Making this recipe for about the 3rd or 4th time now, for New Year’s dessert tomorrow. It’s fabulous and always a hit – a great change from my traditional custard-based trifle. The recipe easily serves 6 to 8 after a meal, rather than the stated 4 servings. I use pale dry sherry instead of crème de cassis as that’s hard to find, and expensive – and I don’t fancy the “blue-dye” look of the cheapie version.Trying it out with raspberries & blueberries this time, as I can’t find gooseberries.

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