The One With Rachel’s English Trifle.
Hello, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (wink!) This year marked the 25th anniversary of the popular sitcom, which probably is news to absolutely no one. It’s been widely celebrated since September 22nd, which was the official anniversary. There’s been lots of fanfare,and there’s even a Friends + Pottery Barn collaboration with cute merchandise that includes the infamous apothecary table that Phoebe loved. (And hated, and loved).
I was so excited to be asked by Food Network to re-create Rachel’s English trifle because it’s from one my favorite episodes. If you’ve never seen the episode, then (spoiler alert!) Rachel makes a beautiful trifle with some very interesting layers. Let’s recap those layers, shall we?
First there’s a layer of ladyfingers, then jam, custard, raspberries, more ladyfingers, beef sauteed with peas and onions, more custard, bananas and whipped cream.
One of these things is not like the others.
I was charged with finding a beef layer look-alike made with sweet things to make the trifle palatable. (Ross’s assessment of the original: “It tastes like feet!”) The left side of the above picture is real beef sauteed with peas and onions, and the right is my version that is totally sweet!
Fudge cream-filled cookies are pretty near the beefy color I aimed for. Once they were blended in a food processor, they came out looking like crumbled hamburger. Shaved coconut and green candy-coated chocolate pearls made some pretty cute onions and peas.
Beef with Sauteed Peas and Onions.
The recipe also has the all-important scratch-made custard, which Rachel was especially proud of making, and I say kudos to Rachel because custard can be tricky.
We absolutely LOVED this trifle! If you’d like to make it for your Thanksgiving dinner (or Friends-giving, get it?) then you can find the recipe HERE on FoodNetwork.com And please check out the video I made there, too! It’s cute. I am like Rachel with her custard – proud of my effort (smile).