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Lemon Raspberry Trifle – A Downton Abbey Treat!

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Who doesn’t love Downton Abbey?  I found myself getting addicted to it several years ago while on vacation and I have been an avid fan since.  While in Burgundy this past September, the first Downton Abbey of this season was starting, so I obviously stayed up to watch it, as opposed to waiting for our season premiere in January.

I love the dry British humor and Maggie Smith cracks me up.  I also love the kitchen scenes and all the preparation of food for each meal. I thought I would make trifle to eat while watching Downton Abbey with my neighbors.  This is a great lemony dessert with a hint of brandy — oh my.



3 large eggs, room temperature

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup granulated sugar

4 tablespoons butter, diced cold

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 package dried lady fingers, sold in gourmet stores

1/2 cup brandy, optional

1/2 pint fresh raspberries


To Prepare:

1.  In a small saucepan, combine the eggs, lemon juice and sugar.  Heat over low heat while continuously stirring.

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2.  The mixture will get thick as you stir, about 5-8 minutes.

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3.  Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the butter until smooth.

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4.  Next, pour the lemon curd into a clean bowl and let it cool for 5 minutes.  Cover the curd with plastic wrap placed directly on the surface of the curd to prevent a skin from forming. Put the lemon curd in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours.

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5.  Whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form.

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6.  Remove the curd from the refrigerator and fold in half the whipped cream.

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7.  Dip the ladyfingers into the brandy for 3 seconds in batches. Place the ladyfingers in the glasses to start the layering of the trifle. You may need to break the cookies to fit.  Continue with a dollop of lemon curd on top, followed by 3 raspberries and then more ladyfingers.  Finish with a dollop of whipped cream and more fresh raspberries, enjoy!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Leslie January 23, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Oh my goodness! This looks amazing! Yum!

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