500ml tub ready-made chilled custard
100g milk chocolate, broken into pieces
400g chocolate brownies
500g fresh cherries (we have Lapins cherries, but it doesn't really matter)
100ml brandy diluted 1:1
300g tub double cream
200ml tub crème fraîche
grated chocolate, to decorate
1. Put the custard into a pan with the chocolate pieces. Gently heat, stirring, until the chocolate has melted into the custard. Cover with cling film and cool.
2. Chop up the brownies and arrange them in the base of a trifle bowl. Once you have pitted the cherries, scatter them over the brownies. Drizzle over 100ml diluted brandy. Spoon the cooled chocolate custard over and chill while you make the topping.
3. Lightly whip the cream with the crème fraîche until soft peaks form. Chill until ready to serve, then pile on top of the trifle and decorate with grated chocolate.
(FTR: I made a number of adaptations to the original recipe, which for those who are interested, is here Black Forest trifle | BBC Good Food