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Dessert. Best English Trifle Dessert Recipe. How to Make this Delightful Dessert with Delicious British Custard

Updated on October 6, 2012

Picture this The Perfect Dessert

Birds Custard Powder. An English Staple for making Trifle If you can't find it there are alternatives you can use.
Birds Custard Powder. An English Staple for making Trifle If you can't find it there are alternatives you can use.
Trifle as served in an Upscale Las Vegas Restaurant. Trifle is being "Discovered"!
Trifle as served in an Upscale Las Vegas Restaurant. Trifle is being "Discovered"!
Decorate with Walnuts (Or Fruit or Grated Chocolate or What Have You)
Decorate with Walnuts (Or Fruit or Grated Chocolate or What Have You)
Trifle can Convey a Message in a very pleasant, yummy way!
Trifle can Convey a Message in a very pleasant, yummy way!
Trifle made in individual portions makes an Ideal Desert for Weddings or large Social Gatherings.
Trifle made in individual portions makes an Ideal Desert for Weddings or large Social Gatherings.

Rich and Wonderful Dessert for great Occasions



This is an approximate recipe, more an assemblage of good things which blend together to make a wonderful dessert. Leave out nuts in case any one is allergic to them if you are having a large gathering. Leave out the booze if children are present! Warn drivers if they eat lots of it And you’ve added a fair wallop of alcohol. Warning: This may become addictive. Allow two days to assemble. If you can't find Birds custard powder, you may substitute instant dessert in a vanilla or other neutral flavor, but in my opinion, Birds is best!

Ingredients

Sherry, Brandy , Amoretto or booze of choice.
Birds custard powder (or if unobtainable try a "jello" brand instant dessert mix or even make a simple egg custard)
1 or 2 Bananas
Large strawberry or Raspberry Jello package
Large can of Fruit Cocktail with no pineapple or jello won’t set
Quantity of quality plain sponge cake (I use Entermans)
Strawberry jam
Whipping cream
Walnuts to decorate
Berry fruit to decorate
Large (Pretty!) glass bowl, size according to number of people to be served, which is why the ingredients are approximate.

Method

Slice sponge cake into horizontal slices and arrange half on bottom of the bowl. Open can of fruit, drain and save juice. Arrange fruit over sponge cake and place more sponge on top to make it level, try to make fruit visible through the glass bowl in an attractive way. Make jello using three quarters of stated water and make up with saved fruit juice. Allow to cool slightly. Slosh booze over sponge cake to taste, I usually use two tablespoons of sherry but it’s your choice. Carefully pour cooled jello mixture over sponge cake. Leave to set until firm, usually overnight.

Slice bananas levelly over set jello letting some show at the edge.

Make custard according to directions on packet (I usually cut down amount of sugar as it can be over sweet.)Or if you cant find the Birds Custard mix try a Desert mix made with milk or make a simple egg custard instead.) Pour over bananas. Allow to cool and set.

Spread jam over the set custard in a thin layer.

Beat cream until stiff and pile on top of cold custard and jam.

Toast walnuts if using them and chop finely, spread on top of cream. I usually keep them to a small circle on top in defferance to those with false teeth!

Decorate with raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or whatever,

Chill until ready to serve. Yum yum! Enjoy!




Truly Tempting Trifle Dessert

A beautiful British Trifle nicely decorated and displayed in a pretty glass trifle dish. These may often be found in Thrift Shops very inexpensively. ......All photos courtesy Flickr
A beautiful British Trifle nicely decorated and displayed in a pretty glass trifle dish. These may often be found in Thrift Shops very inexpensively. ......All photos courtesy Flickr

A Charming Video as Children make their version of Trifle

There are so many special occasions when Trifle can be served as the perfect Dessert. In our home it was a must at Christmas because most people found that the traditional Christmas pudding was too heavy to eat after an enormous festive lunch. It would make an ideal finish to a wedding feast prepared as individual portions in pretty dishes. Be sure to leave out the nuts for this. With inexpensive ingredients you can prepare a dessert fit for a king, just remember that it takes a little time. Time not wasted! Enloy!

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    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Alicia, do try it! Birds custard was a staple in my childhood home too. I still love it especially banana and custard. Trifle was for special occasions. My daughter in law is French and when her parents come to stay they always ask for trifle, quite a complement! Thanks for dropping by.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Bird’s custard was a staple in my home when I was growing up. My mother used it to make plain custard, banana custard or custard with jelly (jello). We always had trifle made with sherry on special occasions. I love the taste of merged flavors in trifles. Thank you for sharing your trifle recipe - it looks delicious!

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Hi Kushal Much as I love trifle, no Indian meal is complete for me without Kulfi (sp?)

    • Kushal Poddar profile image

      Kushal Poddar 

      9 years ago from Kolkata,India

      It must be better than what we can grab at a resturant here.

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks, Stacie. It is also easy to make. French friends always ask me for one when they visit and tell me its their most favorite dessert. Make sure drivers are aware of the booze content!

    • Stacie L profile image

      Stacie L 

      9 years ago

      Now thtat's an interesting dessert.

      Anything with booze is good also.;)

    • Gypsy Willow profile imageAUTHOR

      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks or the comment, Steph. It is amazing how evocative some foods can be! Brandy is good!!!

    • stephhicks68 profile image

      Stephanie Hicks 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      This sounds easy and very tasty! My husband's British grandmother used to make trifile. Your recipe reminds me of her little home (and her brandy!) ;-)

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