My friend loves (amongst other things) lemon and chocolate. For her birthday, I made her a lemon berry trifle with homemade lemon curd. You can find the recipe for the lemon curd HERE. I only used their lemon curd recipe and made up my own version of trifle.
The curd was amazing. Light, smooth, and very lemony. It was a bit of a labor of love because you have to stand and stir it while it cooks for 20 minutes, BUT it was worth it! I will make it again. I'm thinking for the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics in July....it's in London, so lemon curd with scones and tea sounds just about right.
(My husband will roll his eyes when he reads that last bit.)
Here's my trifle.
A layer of diced poppy seed muffins (mine are from Costso), lemon curd, fresh berries (I used strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries), and fresh whipped cream. Repeat layers until you reach the top of your bowl.
My whipped cream was heavy cream, about a teaspoon of vanilla, a 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, and the juice of one lemon. Beat on high until stiff peaks form. My measurements were approximate. I tasted as I went.
The top was decorated with lemon slices and my son insisted we spell out a "J" for the birthday girl.
Another friend brought the chocolate decadence with the candles on it (also in a "J"). It was delish and would satisfy any chocolate craving.