TRIFLEThe hardest part of this dessert is actually making the creme anglaise sauce that goes on top of the fresh fruit and pound cake. Now, if you really have a lot of time, you could make the pound cake yourself -- but in this case I had already made two appetizers and a nice gourmet entree. In other words, I wanted something simple, but impressive.
Any fresh fresh berries will do. Here, I chose organic strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. The more the merrier.
I cheated a little, took a short cut, and purchased Sara Lee Poundcake. Its not my favorite because I always prefer home made, but it put a smile on every one else's face when they found out it was a component of their dessert.
Lastly, I topped it all with creme anglaise. In reality, it is a very decadent vanilla sauce/custard. The basic ingredients you will need are heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and egg yolks. Some people do a combination of milk and cream. But, obviously, the fattier option you choose the more "rich" or "Decadent" the resulting product will be.
Food and Wine has a good recipe.
The most important thing is to make the sauce ahead of time, allowing it to cool down. Personally, I got caught up with errands, and this dish was actually a last minute choice so the sauce didn't thicken as much as I would have liked. Next time, I will make the sauce the day before.
As a side note, still trying to find a new food lifestyle that will work for me, and with my family gatherings. I have definitely given up sweets. IE: no creme anglaise sauce or pound cake for me. But, I still need to figure out other changes which will work. For some reason, it's always a struggle.
With law school taking up more and more time, not to mention family/social obligations I finding less time to work out. The only option left seems to be 5 am. However, when I'm up studying till 1 or 2 am, a 5 am wake up call is depressing.