Traditional English Trifle


"This is the Trifle recipe that my British Grandmother used and which has been passed through the family. It is fiddly to make - as there is refrigeration time in between each step. But each step is straightforward and it is worth the effort as this dish never fails to elicit groans of delight from those that try it."
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3 h servings
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  1. Break Ladies Fingers in half and arrange on the bottom of a bowl
  2. Optionally soak in alcohol
  3. Arrange Fruit over the ladies fingers - either randomly, or if you have a glass bowl then delicately!
  4. Make up the jello according to the instructions on the pack.
  5. Carefully pour the jello slowly over the fruit and ladies fingers.
  6. Put in the fridge to set.
  7. Once set (about 1 hour), slowly pour the custard over the top of the jello and spread using a knife.
  8. Put in the fridge once again to set - about half an hour.
  9. Once set, slice the Banana(s) and arrange over the top of the custard.
  10. Whip up the cream until it forms stiff peaks and spread over the top of the custard.
  11. To finish the trifle, grate some chocolate over the surface and sprinkle some slivered almonds over. If you are feeling indulgent, then pipe some swirls of cream on top.
  12. Enjoy!


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