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Pairing Whiskey with Dessert- Whisky Berry Berry Trifle

We often talk about food pairing with wine and alcohol and how we use wines in certain dishes to add a flavor. Experts suggest that a lot of cooking can be done with whiskey too..Surprised? Isn't it? well yes. Remember when I talked about the finest books on whiskey, I suggested some book with over 40+ suggested recipe from the chef.

When I was asked to write about or rather say pair a dessert with whiskey, the Indian inside me shouted pronto- Gulab Jamuns to pair with the smoky flavor of Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve Scotch whiskey. My love for Rabri [ A milk based sweet] however, restrained me from pairing it with whisky as it contains milk and that may not be a great Idea that goes with whiskey.

While I ain't no expert baker, I barely baked anything except few cookies and sponge cakes with my mom and I was in no mood to google up and pick a recipe from there and reproduce it exactly. I rather tried to recall a dessert that I long made with Marie biscuits, which my flatmates gobbled faster than the tickets sold at irctc counters.

Here's a reproduction of that dish with little twist and whiskey in it. I call it- Whisky Berry-Berry Nutty Trifle

To make this dish, we would require-

1/2 cup crushed walnuts, Cashew nuts
1/2 cup crunchy oats
2-3 Marie biscuits broken in small pieces
1 cup fresh cream- whipped
2 Tbsp honey- warm
1 cup assorted berries like Strawberries, Blackberries, raspberries etc
5-6 spoons of Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve Whisky
A little sugar to sprinkle

The method-

  1. Heat a flat pan or wok and add the nuts and oats in almost equal quantity
  2. Roast it for few seconds and then add a spoon of butter in it and mix and cook till they are roasted and turns a shade darker but not burnt
  3. Take off the pan and allow the toasted nuts to cool for some time.
  4. Take a bowl, add the whipped cream, honey, and TGR whiskey and blend it properly.
  5. Take a serving glass. I had taken short tulip glasses here. Start layering it with first, crushed Marie biscuits and then cream and then fruits and cream and followed by roasted nuts. 
  6. Refrigerate it for some time and serve cold.
  7. Optionally you can keep the cream and fruits in the freezer to chill and then when you need to serve, start making the layers in a glass to ensure that the Marie biscuits stay crunchy at the bottom.
  8. Add a slit cherry on top and serve is delicious!
Disclaimer- This post is for the people age 25 years or above

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