As a teenager, I had a traumatic experience with a trifle that made me swear off them forever. Until I ran into Australian of the year and classy lady Ita Buttrose at channel 9, and she asked me for a trifle recipe. It was time to get over my aversion to this simple dessert. Unfortunately, because I don’t usually make trifle, I don’t have a trifle bowl where you can see all the lovely layers, so mine’s just in a whopping great ceramic salad bowl. It was the Loyal I.T. Solutions Christmas party at our place last night, so the team and their families were my guinea pigs.
The recipe below makes a massive trifle. It would serve 16 people – generously. Maybe 20. The quantities can be halved for a smaller gathering. I have used cherries and raspberries because they are gorgeous at the moment, but any seasonal fruit would be lovely too.
2 x 400g jam roll cakes, sliced 1cm thick (or make your own sponge and slice it up.)
500g cherries, pitted
2 x 125g punnets raspberries
2 packets raspberry flavoured jelly, made to directions and cubed
600ml custard, either home-made or thick store-bought
1/3 cup sherry (I use McWilliams Cream sherry because it was Nan’s favourite)
600ml thickened cream, whipped to soft peaks
In a very large bowl, lay the slices of 1 ½ of the jam rolls in the base and halfway up the sides.
On top of this place one third of the fruit.
Using a spoon, sprinkle about half the sherry over the fruit and sponge.
Lay half the jelly over the fruit then top with half the custard.
Lay the remaining sponge slices on top of the custard.
Top again with fruit, sherry, jelly and custard.
Dollop the whipped cream over the custard and spread with a spoon. Top with the last of the fruit and sift some icing sugar over just before serving. Serve nice and cold.
I am happy to report that not only did I really enjoy the trifle, I had seconds after everyone went home. the feedack from the others was very positive too. So, thank to Ita, I not only have a trifle recipe, I have overcome my trifle trauma and can now happily combine cake, jelly, fruit and custard in my life. Happy Christmas!
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