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Trifle Recipe, Traditional English Dessert

Updated on January 20, 2013
5 stars from 2 ratings of English Trifle

Sandy's Version of English Trifle

I developed this trifle recipe over many years, trying lots of variations of fruit, jam and pudding. I have used Chambord liquor instead of the reserved pear juice to add moisture and a hint of deep raspberry flavor. The result is a simple, delicious, festive dessert that my family and friends love! It makes an impressive presentation that appears to have taken much more time and effort than it actually does to prepare. My guests rave when I bring it to the table for a perfect finale to a special dinner. At our home, it's a Christmas tradition. Enjoy!

Your finished trifle should look like this.  Layers of pound cake, pudding, fruit, jelly and whipped cream.  This example shows whipped cream between the layers of the trifle.  In my version, I only put whipped cream on top.  Yum!
Your finished trifle should look like this. Layers of pound cake, pudding, fruit, jelly and whipped cream. This example shows whipped cream between the layers of the trifle. In my version, I only put whipped cream on top. Yum!

Ingredients

  • 1 Box store bought pound cake, baked according to box in round cake pans
  • 1 Large Box instant Vanilla Pudding, prepared according to box directions
  • 2 cups heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks with powdered sugar and vanilla to taste
  • 2 Large Cans sliced pears, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 Jar raspberry Jam, use a high quality with seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons quality Chocolate bar, shaved

Making the Trifle is Easy!

  1. Line two round cake pans with parchment paper. Butter pans and paper. Prepare and bake pound cake according to box directions. Cool cakes completely. This can be done a day in advance. Wrap cakes in plastic and store at room temperature.
  2. Make vanilla pudding according box directions.
  3. Whip cream with desired amount of powdered sugar and vanilla. Place whipped cream in a pastry bag fitted with tip. I use a Zip Lock bag and cut one corner tip to create my own pastry bag. Keep chilled.
  4. To Assemble Trifle: Remove parchment paper from one cake round. Fit it into the bottom of the trifle bowl. (A trifle bowl can be purchased at a home goods store or online. See picture above.) You may have to cut the edges of the cake round to fit flat into the bottom of the trifle bowl. Spread 1/2 of jam onto the cake round. Next, spread 1/2 of prepared pudding over jam. Arrange 1/2 pear slices over pudding. Pour a small amount of reserved pear juice over this layer. Repeat this process with second cake layer and remaining jam, pears, pudding and some of the juice. Do not soak cake in the juice. Finally, pipe the whipped cream on top of the trifle and sprinkle with shaved chocolate.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi there, welcome to Hubpages! This was an interesting read, the dessert looks and sounds delicious, must try it!

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Good luck with your writing and once again, welcome!

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      Sandra Davis 4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Thank you for your comment and feedback. I live in the US, but have actually been to your lovely town of Concepcion, Chile! Merry Christmas!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Love trifle make it for holidays. This one sounds good. Voted Up.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Looks like you made this easy as well as delicious. Thanks for sharing and voting UP

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      jerdav1 4 years ago

      I want some! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      This trifle looks fabulous, and relatively easy to make. I like that you can make the cake ahead of time and then assemble it later. I've only had trifle once, at Christmas-time years ago made by my mother-in-law. It was delicious and now you've inspired me to make it for my family.

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      Sandra Davis 4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      So glad that you were inspired to make a Christmas trifle! My family LOVES it...and the finished trifle is so beautiful and festive...it really adds so much to your Christmas table. You can change it up, as I did, using whatever fruit, jam or liquor suits you. I always make the cake the day before and wrap it in plastic wrap until I assemble the trifle. It actually is better, I think, if the cake is a day old because it is firmer. Let me know how you like the recipe!

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