When you’re next feeling a trifle hungry, why not try whipping up a trifle? This is a very easy dish that essentially amounts to throwing all kinds of delicious things into a bowl and eating them back out with a spoon!
Those delicious things will often include berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries), cream, custard, chocolate, nuts… really anything you can think of that might go nicely together!
The best part of all this is that a trifle is actually quite healthy for that reason. You might be consuming a lot of calories in the form of the sugar and the custard, but you’ll also get the nutrients that come from all those berries and nuts.
This is the thing to keep in mind. When it comes to health, it’s not just about the things you don’t eat (too many calories), it’s also about what you do eat (nutrients). So if you can get lots of nutrients in your diet in other words, it doesn’t necessarily matter if you’re using a whole lot of sugar to ‘help the medicine go down’ as it were.
1 Classic Trifle
It always makes sense to start with the basics. In this case, that means a classic trifle that everyone knows and loves. Once you learn this basic trifle recipe, you’ll then understand how the recipe works and you’ll be free to mix and match different ingredient as you see fit to create your perfect pud.
For this simple recipe, you will need:
- 1 x 400g pears
- 8 sponges
- Strawberry jam
- 75ml dry sherry
- 10 raffia biscuits/almond biscuits/macaroons
- 600ml vanilla custard
- 300ml double cream
- 25g flaked almonds
To turn this into a trifle, you will first drain the pears while preserving the juice and cut them into small pieces. Split the sponges in half and sandwich with strawberry jam. Measure your sherry out and mix with the pear juice.
Now half of the chopped pears into the base of the serving dish. Arrange the sponges on top, sprinkle biscuit, add the remaining pears, and then the remaining sponges.
Pour your custard over the top. Whip the cream and spoon this over the custard. Finally, sprinkle with the flaked almonds.