Sweet Berry Trifle

Sweet Berry Trifle

 

A sweet trifle with frozen mixed berries to create a light dessert that goes down so easily. The sponge is soaked in a fruity, sherry syrup, topped with the summer berries, a rich creamy custard and finished with flavoured whipped cream.

 

Sweet Berry Trifle
Prepares: 8 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Standing time: 10 minutes
  • Refrigeration time: 1 hour 50 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 6 sponge trifles or 1 packet lady fingers
  • 4 tbsp raspberry jam
  • 340g (12 oz) frozen summer fruits/frozen mixed berries, thawed (2 cups)
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup*
  • 4 tbsp sherry

  • For the custard
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) full-fat/whole milk (1¼ cups)
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) double cream/whipping or heavy cream (1¼ cups)
  • 3 egg yolks, medium (U.K.)/large (N.A.)
  • 85g (3 oz) caster sugar/white sugar (½ cup less 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch

  • For the topping
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) double cream/whipping or heavy cream (1¼ cups)
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup*
  • 1 tbsp sherry

  • *runny honey can be substituted for golden syrup

  • Equipment
  • Large, flat-bottomed glass bowl (trifle bowl) or 8 individual flat-bottomed, glass dishes


  1. Method
  2. Slice the trifle sponges or lady fingers in half and sandwich back together with the raspberry jam. Cut the sponges into large chunks and put in the bottom of the trifle bowl, or divide between the individual dishes.

  3. Drain the fruit, reserving the juice, and layer over the sponge.

  4. Make up the reserved juice to 120ml (4 fl oz) (½ cup) with boiling water and add the golden syrup and sherry. Stir well to combine and then spoon evenly over the fruit and sponge to moisten.

  5. For the custard
  6. Pour the milk, cream and the vanilla extract into a pan and heat until bubbling around the edges. Put to one side. Next, in a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, caster sugar and cornflour until smooth. Then gradually whisk in the hot milk mixture. Return the custard to the pan, bring to the boil, then gently simmer for 2–3 minutes, whisking constantly, until the custard has thickened. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.

  7. Slowly pour the custard in an even layer over the fruit, then chill for 20 minutes, until the custard is cool and just beginning to set.

  8. For the topping
  9. Whip the cream with the golden syrup and sherry until it starts to hold its shape. Then spoon over the custard.

  10. Return to the fridge to chill for 1 hour 30 minutes before serving.

Updated: November 7, 2017

Summer Trifle

This is a really light trifle. Not what you normally think of as a trifle although it uses the same ingredients. It’s very refreshing for a summer dessert and looks good too.

 

Summer Trifle

 

This very light summer trifle has a selection of seasonal fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, black and red currants, tossed in a fruit purée and surrounded with little boozy sponge fingers coated in a vanilla custard.

 

Summer Trifle
Prepares: 8 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • ½ vanilla pod split lengthways, OR
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 120ml (4 fl oz) milk (½ cup)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 40g (1½ oz) caster sugar/white sugar (3 tbsp + 1 tsp)
  • 10 lady fingers or sponge fingers
  • ½ tbsp sweet white wine or sherry
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) double cream/whipping or heavy cream (⅔ cups)
  • 500g (1lb 2 oz) summer fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, black and red currants
  • a splash of white wine (about ½ tablespoon)
  • 28g (1 oz) unsalted, shelled pistachio nuts, or walnuts (¼ cup)


  1. Method
  2. Chill four dessert plates in the fridge.

  3. Pour the milk in a small pan. and add the vanilla pod or vanilla extract. Slowly heat on the lowest setting for 10 minutes, without boiling.

  4. Meanwhile put the egg yolks in a small bowl and stir in the sugar to make a paste.

  5. Slowly stir the milk and vanilla into the egg and sugar until the mixture is smooth. Return the custard to the pan and stir over a low heat, until it begins to thicken. Do not let it boil. You want it to thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and cool briefly.

  6. Meanwhile, cut each sponge finger in two and lay them in a shallow bowl. Drizzle over the wine or sherry.

  7. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks and then stir in the cooled custard.

  8. Wash and pat dry the fruits. Remove the currants from their stalks, hull and halve the strawberries. Set aside half the berries and currants, picking out the best. Put the remainder in a food processor or blender and add the teaspoon of sugar and wine. Purée until smooth and then, using the back of a spoon, push through a plastic sieve to remove the pulp. Once the purée is pressed through, wipe the underside of the sieve with the spoon to get all the remaining sauce.

  9. Carefully toss the reserved fruit with half the purée and spoon into the centre of each plate.

  10. Divide the sponge fingers between the plates arranging them around the edge.

  11. Roughly chop the pistachio nuts or walnuts.

  12. Pour the custard over the sponge fingers then sprinkle the nuts on top.

  13. Pour the remaining purée over the fruit and serve.

Updated: August 2, 2017

Raspberry Trifle

Raspberry Trifle

 

Frozen raspberries are used in this light, creamy trifle. Raspberry filled sponges are soaked in sherry and then topped with raspberries and covered in a creamy custard before decorating with dollops of whipped cream and crushed biscuits.

 

Raspberry Trifle
Prepares: 8 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 35 minutes
  • Standing time: 30 minutes
  • Refrigeration time: At least 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 4 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), yolks only
  • 115g (4 oz) caster sugar/white sugar (½ cup)
  • 2 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) milk (1¼ cups)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
  • 8 trifle sponges or 1 packet lady fingers
  • 4 tbsp raspberry conserve/raspberry jam
  • 50ml (2 fl oz) sherry or framboise (¼ cup)
  • 340g (12 oz) frozen raspberries (1½ cups), thawed
  • 360ml (12 fl oz) double cream/whipping cream (1½ cups)
  • 3 ratafias or amaretti biscuits

  • Equipment
  • A large flat bottomed glass dish or 8 individual glass dessert dishes


  1. Method
  2. Pour the milk into a pan.

  3. Put the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour in a bowl and take 2 tablespoons of milk from the pan.Whisk until blended and pale in colour. Set aside.

  4. Stir the vanilla into the milk in the pan and bring to the boil. Slowly pour the milk onto the egg mixture, stirring constantly. When smooth, pour the mixture back into the pan and cook over a medium heat, stirring until it starts to thicken, about 3 minutes.

  5. Pour into a bowl and cover the surface of the custard with cling film to prevent it from forming a skin. Leave for 30 minutes to cool.

  6. Meanwhile slice the trifle sponges in half or open up the lady fingers and spread one half with the raspberry conserve or jam. Sandwich back together. Arrange in a single layer over the bottom of the glass dish or individual dishes. Drizzle the sherry over the sponges, then scatter the raspberries on top.

  7. Whisk 150ml (5 fl oz) (⅔ cup) of the cream until thick. Using a balloon whisk, whisk the custard to loosen it a little, then whisk in the cream until well blended. Pour on top of the raspberries.

  8. Whisk the remaining cream until soft peaks form. Using a large spoon, dollop the cream on top of the trifle in the large glass dish or spoon one dollop on top of the trifle in the individual glass dishes. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

  9. Crush the biscuits into small pieces. Just before serving, sprinkle them over the cream.

  10. Note
  11. If a smaller number or servings are needed, just reduce the quantity of ingredients appropriately and use individual glass dishes.

Updated: April 24, 2017

Baked Teriyaki Chicken

Baked Teriyaki Chicken

 

Chicken breasts are marinated in a teriyaki sauce and then baked in the oven. They are served with fluffy rice, fine green beans, fancy baked tomatoes and glazed with a teriyaki sauce.

 

Baked Teriyaki Chicken
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Marinading time: 6 hours
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes (hob)

  • Ingredients
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, skinned
  • 120ml (4 fl oz) soy sauce (½ cup)
  • 120ml (4 fl oz) runny honey/liquid honey (½ cup)
  • 60ml (2 fl oz) dry sherry (¼ cup)
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp cornflour/cornstarch

  • To serve
  • Rice, whole green beans/extra fine whole green beans and tomatoes


  1. Method
  2. Put the chicken in a baking dish.

  3. Measure the soy sauce, honey, dry sherry, ginger and garlic cloves into a jug and whisk to combine. Then pour over the chicken. Turn the chicken in the sauce to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours turning the chicken a couple of times.

  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) (gas 4).

  5. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place in an ovenproof dish in a single layer. Reserve the marinade. Cover and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven, turn the chicken and baste with some of the reserved marinade. Return to the oven, uncovered, for a further 10 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, mix the cornflour/cornstarch in 2 teaspoons of water and stir into the reserved marinade. Pour into a small pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to very low and keep warm.

  8. Serve the chicken with rice, fine green beans and baked tomatoes accompanied with the teriyaki sauce.

Updated: March 21, 2017