I know I can’t be tho only one whos’ kitchen experiments sometimes turn out…questionable. Or is it questionably? Whichever is grammatically correct. Anyway, we’ve all had moments where we’re sure the lightning bolt of genius has his us. ‘Mustard éclairs!’ we shout ‘Twice-baked rum-soaked polenta!’ ‘Chocolate steak!’. But, by and large, it is disaster, not genius that has struck.

Personally, my mistakes aren’t usually to do with creativity. I’m not much for crazy fusion projects (Italian sushi, anyone?). Rather, my disasters are the fruit of my impatience. I will drop or undercook or burn myself on things in my haste to prepare food quickly. I’m never going to make a mustard éclair, but I cook the same way I eat…fast. And as a result, sometimes my creations can resemble a kind of indigestion.

I have been putting off posting this recipe because for this very reason; I’m just not sure about it. Something about it just isn’t quite right. It isn’t terrible. It does work, in theory. It tastes ok. It’s good on paper. Nobody died. But I’m not convinced by it.

Maybe it’s because I love panettone, buttered and dunked in coffee so much that it seems a bit redundant, like bread and butter pudding made with croissants – as if there’s any such thing as a leftover or stale croissant. Maybe it’s just not as good as the sum of its parts – all the components are delicious, so you’d expect the finished product to be even more so, but it isn’t. Maybe you can tell my what’s missing, or maybe you can fix it. Either way, here it is: Panettone Trifle.

Raspberry Upside-down Panettone Trifle
1 Panettone, sliced into thick rounds (as you would a layer cake, I’d imagine)
About 400g frozen raspberries
1 portion Portuguese custard or any other custard you like
About 300ml fresh coffee, cooled and in a flat dish

Find a container roughly the same size as or a bit smaller than the panettone. Line it with cling wrap.

Dunk a round of panettone in the coffee, press into the container. Scatter a few raspberries and slather on some custard, repeat with all layers – you should have art least 1/3 of the custard left. Cover and refrigerate.

To serve, turn the trifle out onto a plate, cover in custard and sprinkle with raspberries. It will be a mess but maybe you will like it.

So, do you have any questionable kitchen experiments you’d like to share?

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6 Responses to A Beautiful Disaster – Raspberry Upside-down Panettone Trifle

  1. Gaby says:

    Good idea to introduce coffee and raspberries to cut the sweetness and richness of the panettone-custard combo. Perhaps it doesn’t look like a patisserie dessert but sounds good!
    Gaby recently posted…Review- La Bodeguita Del Medio

  2. oooh yeah custard yumyum that sounds deeeeelicious

  3. i’m glad you shared this! the idea is great – custard, coffee, pannetone, berries? maybe like you suggested, these singly wonderful ingredients weren’t intended to marry.

    i had a similar experience a few weeks ago. after unintentionally excluding my non-dairy-eating sister-in-law from all my desserts (oops), i pointedly made what i thought would be a beautiful milk- and butter-less lemon blueberry cake. right…. half of it ended up stuck to the pan. it was dry, with soggy berries. it tasted like soy milk and nothing else (big buzzkill). oh well, onward!
    yasmeen (wandering spice) recently posted…orange blossom rice pudding ruz bi haleeb

  4. Do you know what? This is one apparent “disaster” I’d happily tuck into. What a delicious trifle. Great flavours!

  5. Lau says:

    @ Gaby – Thanks! I think the coffee/panettone combo works. Not so sure about the rest. I’ve had it with blueberries and it was nicer.

    @ Suze – Cheers!

    @ Yasmeen – So sorry your cake didn’t work out! Those crazy baking experiments for dietary stuff are fraught with risks…

    @ John – Thanks you! I think it needs a little more work. I enjoyed it though.

  6. koala_face says:

    This was delicious! I had strawberries and peaches instead of raspberries, and cut up the panettone into chunks so it looked good in the bowl, still a mess on the plate though, maybe making them up individually in glasses would fancy it up. Also added benedictine to the coffee, yum!

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