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Christmas showstoppers

Take your Christmas cooking to the next level with these showstopper recipes. From delicious desserts and brilliant bakes, to spectacular starters and magnificent mains, our Christmas showstopper recipes are all you need to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Chocolate orange tiramisu trifle
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Chocolate orange tiramisu trifle

This show-stopping chocolate orange trifle recipe will really dazzle your guests this Christmas. With layers of juicy orange, chocolate mascapone custard and coffee-soaked sponges, this indulgent dessert will definitely disappear fast!

  1. Preheat the oven to gas ¼, 110°C, fan 90°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Arrange the orange slices on the tray in a single layer. Bake for 2-3 hrs, turning every 30 mins-1 hr so they dry evenly. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut away all the peel and pith from the 2 remaining oranges (top and tail, then cut around the orange). Thinly slice, transfer to a bowl, pour over 1 tbsp marsala and set aside.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) a pan of just-simmering water; set aside to cool for 5 mins. Put the mascarpone in a bowl and whisk to soften a little, then whisk in the custard. Transfer half the mixture to the cooled chocolate bowl and mix in 2 tbsp coffee. Add the orange zest to the plain custard mix and whisk in 2 tbsp marsala.
  4. Line the bottom and sides of a 20cm trifle dish or glass bowl with half the marsala orange slices, overlapping slightly. Drain the juices from the remaining orange slices into a bowl and add the remaining coffee and 1 tbsp marsala. Quickly dip one-third of the sponge fingers into the juices, one at a time, then arrange in the trifle dish, loosely filling in the orange slices (it doesn't matter if it's covered completely).
  5. Pour over half the orange zest custard and gently smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Top with another layer of dipped sponge fingers. Pour over half the chocolate custard, smooth the top, then add a final layer of dipped sponge fingers. Top with the remaining orange zest custard, then the chocolate custard. Layer over the remaining fresh orange slices and chill for 1 hr.
  6. Whip the cream into soft peaks, then spoon over the centre of the trifle, leaving some of the orange slices exposed at the edges. Finish with a dusting of cocoa powder and decorate with the dried orange slices.

Tip: To save time, swap the dried orange slices for fresh segments.

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  • Ingredients
  • 3 medium oranges, 1 very thinly sliced, 1 zested
  • 60ml marsala
  • 75g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 x 250g pots mascarpone
  • 500g pot Tesco Finest custard
  • 100ml strong coffee, cooled
  • 200g pack sponge fingers
  • 200ml whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder