1 canned fruit mix in syrup,drained and juice reserved
*1 cup coffee(1 teaspoon instant coffee mixed with 1 cup hot water)
50g dark chocolate pieces and 4tbsp cream melted for the ganache
(You can use a store bought sponge cake or a white cake mix)
*For the sponge cake
Preheat the oven to 170C.Sift the flour.Place the eggs and sugar in a heat-resistant bowl and beat for a minute.Place the bowl in simmering hot water and keep beating on high speed for 2 to 5 mins until the mixture resembles cream and comes to a soft peak stage like in a whipped cream.Remove it from hot water,whisk it a little bit and fold the flour gently.Melt the butter and mix it with milk and it to the flour mix.Add vanilla.Fold gently until all the ingredients are well combined.
Line a 8''inch square pan,dust it with flour,pour the cake mixture and pick and drop the pan twice to release air bubbles trapped inside.Bake for 25 minutes.Once removed from the oven pick and drop the pan again to avoid the cake shrinking and cool it on a wire rack.Cut the cake in half.
*For the custard
Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a bowl.Add the flour,whisk to remove any lumps and add in 1 cup of milk.Heat the other remaining cup of milk.Don't let it boil.Add the egg yolk mixture to the simmering milk and keep on whisking till the mixture becomes custardy or thick.Remove from fire and add the butter,vanilla essence and 2 tablespoon coffee mixture.
Place one half of cake in a serving dish,or pieces of cake if you're serving in a cup,soak the cake with coffee and then the drained fruit syrup till you've covered the cake.Next smooth half of the custard mixture on top of the soaked cake,place the fruit pieces on top and place the other half cake.Soak the cake with coffee and fruit syrup then the custard.
Add the ganache on top and finish off with dark chocolate shavings.
The recipe might seem long and cumbersome but if you use store bought sponge cake this can be put together in just 15-20 minutes.The whole cake took me less than 1 hour to make.
Just look at the coffee and syrup soaked spongy cake with the custard and chocolate.Don't you think it's such a nice way to treat your loved one's to a piece of coffee trifle this holiday season ?