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.
4 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), yolks only
115g (4 oz) caster/superfine sugar (½ cup)
2 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch
300ml (10 fl oz) milk (1¼ cups)
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 trifle sponges or 1 packet lady fingers
4 tbsp raspberry conserve or jam
50ml (2 fl oz) sherry or framboise (¼ cup)
340g (12 oz) frozen raspberries (1½ cups), thawed
360ml (12 fl oz) double/whipping or heavy cream (1½ cups)
3 ratafias or amaretti biscuits
You will also need a large flat bottomed glass dish or 8 individual glass dessert dishes.
First pour the milk into a pan.
Now put the egg yolks, sugar, and cornflour/cornstarch in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of milk taken from the milk in the pan. Using an electric whisk, whisk until the mixture is pale in colour and has thickened, 2–3 minutes. Set aside.
Stir the vanilla into the milk and bring to the boil. Then slowly pour onto the egg mixture, stirring constantly. When smooth, pour the mixture back into a clean pan and cook over a medium heat, stirring until it starts to thicken, about 3 minutes.
Pour into a bowl and cover the surface of the custard with cling film to prevent it forming a skin. Leave to become cold.
Meanwhile, slice the trifle sponges or lady fingers in half and spread one half with the raspberry conserve. Now sandwich back together and arrange them in a single layer over the bottom of the glass dish or individual dishes.
Drizzle the sherry or framboise over the sponges.
Now spoon the raspberries on top of the sponges (you may not need all the juice that has come from thawing the raspberries).
Whisk 150ml (5 fl oz) (⅔ cup) of the cream until thick. Using a balloon whisk, whisk the custard to loosen it a little and then whisk in the cream until combined. Pour over the raspberries.
Whisk the remaining cream until soft peaks form.
Now to decorate the top. Put dollops of cream around the edge of the trifle in the large glass dish or spoon one dollop on top of the trifles in the individual glass dishes. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, crush the biscuits into small pieces and, just before serving, sprinkle over the cream.
If a smaller number or servings are needed, just reduce the quantity of ingredients appropriately and use individual glass dishes.
1 pkt. sponge fingers, lady fingers or trifle sponges
4 tbsp raspberry conserve
115g (4 oz) small strawberries (about ¾ cup)
115g (4 oz) raspberries
2 tbsp sherry
120ml (4 fl oz) double cream/whipping or heavy cream (½ cup)
You will also need 4 glass dessert dishes.
Break enough of the sponges into pieces to fit the base of each dish.
Then spoon over 1 tablespoon of raspberry conserve in each dish, and level.
Wash and pat dry the fruit. Hull the strawberries and cut in half. Reserving 4 raspberries and 8 half strawberries for decoration, equally divide the rest amongst the four dishes.
Now sprinkle ½ tablespoon of sherry over the fruit in each dish and leave while preparing the custard so the sherry can be absorbed by the fruit and sponge.
Make up 480ml (16 fl oz) (2 cups) of Bird’s custard, according to the directions on the packet. Pour into a small jug and cover the custard with clingfilm/plastic wrap to prevent it from forming a skin. Leave until just cold.
Spoon the custard equally into the four dishes.
Now whip the cream until soft peaks form and put a dollop on top of the custard.
Decorate the cream in each dish with two strawberry halves and a raspberry.
There are many different recipes for a trifle but a sherry-soaked sponge first brings to mind the traditional English trifle. The delicious flavour of raspberries make this the fruit of choice with a silky, smooth custard topped with dollops of whipped cream and then decorated with more raspberries and toasted flaked almonds. Just a heavenly dessert.
480ml (16 fl oz) double cream/whipping or heavy cream (1¾ cups)
14g (½ oz) toasted flaked almonds (2 tbsp)
icing/powdered sugar for dusting
For the custard
3 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), yolks only
3 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract
85g (3 oz) caster/superfine sugar (½ cup less 1 tbsp)
600ml (20 fl oz) milk (2½ cups)
You will also need a large, flat based glass serving bowl for this dish.
First make the custard. Whisk together the egg yolks, cornflour/cornstarch, vanilla, sugar, and three tablespoons of the milk.
Heat the remaining milk in a small pan and, as it comes up to a boil, remove from the heat and whisk into the egg mixture. Now pour this back into the pan and, over a gentle heat, stir until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Pour into a jug and cover the surface of the custard with cling film/plastic wrap to prevent it forming a skin, then leave to cool.
Now to make the trifle. You will need enough of the cake to cover the base of the serving dish and be about 2.5cm (1 inch) deep. Slice the cake in half horizontally and then spread one half with the raspberry conserve. Sandwich back together and lay in the base of the serving bowl, cutting to fit as necessary.
Scatter ⅔ of the raspberries over the sponge, reserving the rest for decoration.
Next spoon the sherry over the sponge and raspberries.
Spoon the custard over the top, smoothing the surface.
Chill for at least one hour.
Whip the cream until it just holds its shape and dollop spoonfuls over the custard but this time don’t smooth the top.
Decorate with the reserved raspberries and toasted almonds.
Just before serving dust the top with icing/powdered sugar.
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.
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.
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.
Meanwhile put the egg yolks in a small bowl and whisk in the sugar to make a paste.
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.
Meanwhile, cut each sponge finger in half and lay in a shallow bowl. Drizzle over the wine or sherry.
Now 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 wine and sugar. 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.
Roughly chop the pistachio nuts or walnuts.
Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks and then fold in the cooled custard.
Now to arrange the plates. Carefully toss the reserved fruit with half the purée and spoon into the centre of each plate.
Divide the sponge fingers between the plates arranging them around the edge.
Pour the custard over half of each the sponge finger then sprinkle the nuts on top.
Pour the remaining purée over the fruit and serve.