The novel Hamnet takes place in Stratford-Upon-Avon in the late 1500s. My favorite British dessert is a trifle. A traditional English trifle is made with fruit, a thin layer of sponge fingers soaked in sherry or another fortified wine, and custard. It can be topped with whipped cream. Instead of sharing a traditional trifle recipe, this one is a very modern take made by my dear law school friend Michael Tulloss.
When Mike visited my family last year, he volunteered to make his Trifling Good Strawberry Trifle. In order to save time, he and my daughter-in-law Sarah, went to our local grocery store bakery and asked for an un-iced chocolate sheet cake. The young girl was so confused by this request. Bless her heart. Mike had to use his best lawyering skills to convince her it is really okay to sell a cake without icing.
This Trifling Good Strawberry Trifle is the perfect blend of chocolate, strawberry, and whipped cream. Not only is it delicious, but it makes a beautiful presentation. It is a real show-stopper.
Pip pip cherrio!