Whim-whams are similar to miniature trifles, combining custard, berries, cream, brandy, and crisp almond biscuits.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2000


Recipe Summary

Makes 4 eight-ounce servings


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine 6 ounces berries, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 1 tablespoon brandy in a medium bowl. Stir gently to combine and dissolve sugar. Set aside for about 1 hour at room temperature to release juices.

  • Place wine and 1 tablespoon brandy in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir in remaining 3 tablespoons sugar until dissolved. Turn mixer to low; slowly add the cream. Increase speed; whisk until cream is thick enough to hold its shape. Set bowl in refrigerator while preparing the glasses.

  • Divide the cookies among 4 eight-ounce glasses, and spoon 1 tablespoon brandy into each glass. Cover with some of the fruit and a layer of soft custard. Repeat with another layer of fruit and custard, reserving any remaining berry juice. Top with the cream. Serve immediately, or set aside in refrigerator for 1 hour. Just before serving, garnish with more berries and juice of reserved berries.