|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 8 Portions (8 Servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
|Total Carbohydrate 30g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||9%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
An English trifle is a quintessential pudding that has graced British tables for more than four centuries. The blousey looking, decadent dessert is simply luscious. There are so many variations in the traditional recipe; some will boast jelly in their trifle, some not. Fruit is a must-have for some; for others, no way.
Essentially, a trifle needs a sponge soaked (if for adults) in sherry, a thick layer of creamy custard, and a deep layer of lightly whipped fresh cream. The rest is all about personal preference.
A trifle made with jelly may be more appealing to children; if so, do leave out the sherry. If you prefer a trifle without jelly, simply omit and proceed without—this will be quicker to make as it will not require setting in the fridge. Both are equally delicious.
Make note that when making this dessert, the trifle can be made in one large glass dish or into individual glasses.
Watch Now: The Perfect Traditional English Trifle
- 6 ounces/160 g Madeira, sponge or pound cake (halved and cut into thick slices)
- 3 tablespoons sweet Sherry
- 1/2 cup /135 g jelly block (made up to 1 pint / 570 mL)
- 10 ounces/300 g fresh strawberries (or raspberries; if frozen, defrost)
- 2 cups/500 mL thick homemade custard (or canned)
- 2 cups/500 mL whipping cream (softly whipped)
Gather the ingredients.
Line the bottom of the dish or glasses with the cake slices or trifle sponges. Sprinkle with the sherry and leave to soak for 5 minutes.
If using fresh strawberries, slice thickly (reserve a few for decoration), if using previously frozen leave whole. Otherwise, lay the fruit evenly over the cake. Press lightly with a fork to release the juices.
Pour over the liquid jelly making sure it covers the sponge. Place the dish into the refrigerator and leave until the jelly is set.
Once set, spoon over the custard, again in a thick layer.
Finally, finish with a thick layer of whipped cream either spooned over or piped using a piping bag.
Decorate with strawberry slices or raspberries and toasted, flaked, almonds if using. Omit the sherry if serving to children.
Serve and enjoy!
- If you don't have Madeira sponge cake, you can use 6 ounces/160 g packages trifle sponges or sponge fingers instead.
- Jelly in the UK is Jello. The jelly can be bought in tablet form and made up following the packet instructions. A 135 g slab will make 1 pint/570 mL of liquid jelly. Place the jelly slab into in a microwavable jug, cover with 100 mL cold water and heat for 1 minute in a 750 watt microwave. Stir well and make up to 1 pint/570 mL with cold water and use in the recipe as above.