​4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
4 slices fresh ginger, 1/4 inch thick
1 whole vanilla bean
6 large egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk (2%)
3 tbsp salted butter, softened
2/3 cup orange juice
2 tbsp Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
12 ladyfingers, each cut into 4 pieces
Dark chocolate shavings*

1. Combine cranberries, 1 cup sugar, water and ginger in a medium non-reactive saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.
2. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cranberries pop and mixture thickens, about 8 - 10 minutes.  Remove from heat; remove and discard ginger.
3. Transfer cranberry mixture to a bowl and cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.  Refrigerate until cold.  Meanwhile, to prepare pastry cream, cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape beans from pod; discard pod.
4. Place beans and egg yolks in a stand mixer fitted with a wire whip.  Using medium speed, beat for 1 minute.  Gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar and continue beating for 2 minutes.  Using medium-high speed, beat for 3 minutes.  Add flour.  Using low speed, beat just until combined.  Gradually beat in milk and continue beating for 1 minute.
5. Pour egg yolk mixture into a medium non-reactive saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium heat, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.  Bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally.
6. Reduce heat and cook, whisking, until thickened, about 4 -5 minutes.  Remove from heat.
7. Force egg yolk mixture through a sieve into a heatproof bowl.  Add butter, whisking until melted.  Cool to room temperature, whisking occasionally.  Refrigerate until cold.
8. Combine orange juice and Grand Marnier in a small bowl.  Working with one piece at a time, dip ladyfinger pieces into orange juice mixture, turning to coat completely; discard any remaining orange juice mixture.
9. To assemble trifles, place 3 coated ladyfinger pieces into each of 8 parfait glasses or wine goblets.  Layer about 2 tbsp cranberry mixture and about 2 tbsp pastry cream in each glass.
10. Repeat layering with remaining coated ladyfinger pieces, cranberry mixture and pastry cream.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
11. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings.  Serves 8.
Nutritional analysis per serving:
358 calories, 10.2 g fat, 6.4 g protein, 60.8 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g fibre, 85 mg sodium
*Ingredient not included in nutritional analysis.
Last updated on February 15, 2019