Thursday, February 25, 2010

For those who like to indulge in decadent colorful desserts...

The hardest part of this dessert is actually making the creme anglaise sauce that goes on top of the fresh fruit and pound cake. Now, if you really have a lot of time, you could make the pound cake yourself -- but in this case I had already made two appetizers and a nice gourmet entree. In other words, I wanted something simple, but impressive.

Any fresh fresh berries will do. Here, I chose organic strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. The more the merrier.

I cheated a little, took a short cut, and purchased Sara Lee Poundcake. Its not my favorite because I always prefer home made, but it put a smile on every one else's face when they found out it was a component of their dessert.

Lastly, I topped it all with creme anglaise.  In reality, it is a very decadent vanilla sauce/custard.  The basic ingredients you will need are heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and egg yolks. Some people do a combination of milk and cream. But, obviously, the fattier option you choose the more "rich" or "Decadent" the resulting product will be.

Food and Wine has a good recipe.

The most important thing is to make the sauce ahead of time, allowing it to cool down. Personally, I got caught up with errands, and this dish was actually a last minute choice so the sauce didn't thicken as much as I would have liked. Next time, I will make the sauce the day before.

As a side note, still trying to find a new food lifestyle that will work for me, and with my family gatherings. I have definitely given up sweets. IE: no creme anglaise sauce or pound cake for me. But, I still need to figure out other changes which will work. For some reason, it's always a struggle.

With law school taking up more and more time, not to mention family/social obligations I finding less time to work out. The only option left seems to be 5 am. However, when I'm up studying till 1 or 2 am, a 5 am wake up call is depressing.



  1. I do love this dessert - homemade pound cake or not - sometimes real life takes a front seat! Yours looks scrumptious. Law school and cooking? Impressive!

  2. definitely need your sleep with those kinds of hours *and* law school! Do you have any lunch breaks in between? Even the shortest of short walks, taken periodically throughout the day really add up. As does taking stairs, parking far, taking 10-15 minutes to lift some weights, etc. I'm sure you'll find something that works for *you*. :D

    The trifle looks awesome, by the way! I'm about to check out the recipe for the glaze. :D

  3. The trifle looks amazing--light but refreshing..Ya 5am girl you need more school is a major load.


  4. That looks so refreshing! It reminds me of my favorite breakfast of greek yogurt, fruit and granola! Love the blog!