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English Trifle

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Category: Desserts

 Ingredients List

  • 1 To 2 small pound or sponge
  • Cake - two days old
  • 3/4 c Raspberry jam
  • 2 Half pints whipping cream
  • 3/4 c Cream sherry (use a good one
  • 1 10 oz package frozen raspber
  • Thawed and drained
  • 2 Recipes of custard (below)
  • Chocolate drizzle
  • - not traditional


4 Egg yolks
10 tb Whole milk (1/2 cup plus 2 T
3 tb Sugar
1/4 c Whipping cream
2 1/2 ts Cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tb
1/2 ts Vanilla
1/8 ts Ground nutmeg

This recipe was given to me by my Grandmother who came over to America in
1895 from England. I have altered it slightly. As far as I know it is
relatively original, or as original as any type of recipe, such as this,
can be. It is not only addictive and decadent but pretty to look at as
well. This is a special occasion dessert.

Whisk yolks in a medium saucepan. Gradually add sugar, whisking until
mixture is thick and lemon colored, about 1-2 minutes. Blend in milk,
whipping cream and cornstarch mix. Place over medium low heat and cook,
stirring constantly until mixture thickens, about 3-5 minutes. DO NOT BOIL
OR MIXTURE WILL SEPARATE. Remove from heat and stir until slightly cooled.
Blend in vanilla and nutmeg. Transfer to a bowl and repeat process for the
two required for TRIFLE.

ASSEMBLY: Whip the cream as your MaMa or Daddy taught you to do. In your
prettiest large crystal bowl (salad bowl size) place a little less than
half the whipped cream around the bottom and half way up the sides. Break
1/2 of the cakes into bite sized pieces and drop randomly all over the
cream. Drizzle sherry over all and drop dollops of jam and slightly less
than half of the drained raspberries over the cake. Drizzle 1/2 of the
thick but liquid custard over all. Repeat for the next layer, reserving
some raspberries for the top. (Try to plan to end with a layer of jam and
raspberries as the top of the Trifle.) Finally, completely cover the top
with the remaining whipped cream. Drizzle a little chocolate on top in any
pattern you think looks good. Add a few raspberries and stand back to
receive your raves. To serve, merely scoop down and place on a pretty

NOTE: Make about 4 hours before serving. Cover with plastic wrap and

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