This is a variation of the very popular Maltese coffee gateau with the addition of fresh strawberries. Surprisingly I believe it is the most popular dessert on the island. !
You will need:
2 packets Nice Biscuits
4 tablespoons instant coffee
2 cups boiling water
1 vanilla pod
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 punnets strawberries
500ml whipping cream
Top with more strawberries and nuts
Use an electric mixer to beat the cream. Remove from the bowl and mix in the seeds from a vanilla pod. Keep aside.
Place the water in a saucepan with the remaining vanilla pod and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the coffee powder, mix with a large spoon, then add the cocoa powder and brandy.
Place the softened butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and cream together until the mixture is white and fluffy.
Fold in the whipped cream and vanilla. Place the cream mixture in a piping bag and keep aside.
Slice the strawberries.
Assemble the trifle by dipping the ‘Nice’ Biscuits into the coffee mixture and line the bottom of the container.
Work neatly and pipe a layer of the cream mixture. Flatten with a spoon, then top with a layer of sliced strawberries.
Repeat with a layer of coffee-soaked ‘Nice’ biscuits, a layer of the cream mixture and strawberries until you have used all your ingredients.
I usually fill up the whole bowl with these layers, but due to time constraints of live tv, I finished off with a layer of strawberries before we reached the top and had lots of left overs to make more trifles !
Cover with cling film and Refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving.
Rimus Trading Agency for Nice Biscuits by Regal, President Butter and Cream
Lamb Brand for vanilla, nuts and cocoa powder
Big Fresh Mosta, Oscar’s Fruit and Vegetables Paola and Barbuto for all my fresh fruit and vegetables