Raspberry Beer Trifle
Serve 6-8. This is a bit of a twist on an old favourite, English sherry trifle, a stunning end to any meal! Serve beer in champagne flutes.
Ingredients Milk sponge cake
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sifted flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk, scalded
1 teaspoon butter, added to scalded milk to melt
8 to 10 ounces Amsterdam Framboise or Belle-Vue-Framboise
4 ounces dry sherry
Bird’s custard, prepared as per box instructions
1/4 cup whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Beat together eggs, sugar and vanilla until light and airy. Mix together dry ingredients and fold into flour. Add scalded milk and butter. Bake in a 350 ºF oven for about 30 minutes, or until an inserted knife is clean when withdrawn.
When sponge cake is cool to the touch, cut into 1-inch strips and place in bowl in a single layer. Cover with a thin coat of raspberry jam. Pour 1 glass of dry sherry and 2 wine glasses of Belle-Vue-Framboise over sponge cake and jam. Let soak into cake for 15 minutes. Prepare a Bird’s custard and pour over cake. Cover bowl with cling film and refrigerate. Just before serving, whip cream and cover trifle with final layer of richness. Serve immediately to great applause.
Serve with your choice of:
Amsterdam Framboise is a 6.5 percent abv fruit beer brewed by the Amsterdam Brewing Company, Toronto, Ontario. This rich ruby, blood red coloured ale is surmounted by a fine pink foam of a fine bubble. Envigoratingly fresh fruity, raspberry nose exhibits the sweetness and succulence of just-picked ripe fruit. On the palate, lightly spritzy, fruity, with a developing dryness from both Perle hops and the raspberries. The finish is of a medium length with a distinct tartness and crispness from the fruit. Amsterdam Framboise is made with 400 kilos of frozen raspberries, which are added in the secondary of every 20 hectolitre batch. The beer is 5.5 percent abv before the addition of the fruit. The beer spends 10 to 14 days in primary and a further 14 days in secondary. The fruity nose of this Framboise leads one to believe this beer would be fairly sweetish but in reality it’s very dry. Amsterdam was once a Toronto, Ontario, brewpub that grew up to become a microbrewery.
Belle-Vue-Framboise is not overly sweet but the big fruit notes come trumpeting alongside a dryness that make this beer such a tempting treat on its own. Lambic is made from malted barley, unmalted wheat, water and year-old hops, with a spontaneous fermentation. The lambic is matured in oak port barrels for two to three years and then blended to ensure consistency in the end product. Ripened raspberries are then added to a lambic, creating a raspberry lambic. Belle-Vue Framboise is then aged further to enhance and balance flavors. Belle-Vue-Framboise is brewed in Belgium to a strength of 5.2 percent abv.