Nan’s sherry trifle.

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This can be a nostalgic recipe for me. My Nan’s sherry trifle.
We’re speaking jam swiss roll and contemporary raspberries in jelly, topped with extra swiss roll (soaked in sherry this time) and good outdated Chicken’s custard. All completed with a pillowy layer of sweetened whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles!

Bounce to:
  • Nope – I do not use girls finger sponges in my trifle
  • Nope – I do not make the custard from scratch
  • Nope – I do not prime with posh cherries or gourmand chocolate curls – it is sprinkles all the way in which. Though a crushed up Cadbury flake can also be allowed.

To be honest, I do love a complicated trifle made with all of these goodies above. There are such a lot of variations and adaptions on the market, and I am keen to offer them ALL a go.

Besides possibly that one Rachel from Mates made with minced beef and bananas? That is a tough no.

However at present I used to be feeling nostalgic for my Nan’s sherry trifle. The way in which she used to make it once we went spherical for a giant buffet household dinner.
My grandad was at all times the cook dinner within the household, however trifle was 100% my nan’s area.

I believe she could have gone a little heavier on the sherry then I do (i.e most likely double) however this recipe took my proper again there.

📋 What do we’d like for this basic trifle?

  • Jam Swiss rolls – those that ONLY have jam in, not those with cream in too.
  • Raspberries – contemporary or frozen.
  • Jelly cubes – you can use the powdered jelly sachets, I believe the non-sugar-free jelly cubes style higher although.
  • Sherry – you may depart this out for those who do not need to use alcohol.
  • Custard powder, together with milk and sugar to make up the custard. Sure, you should use ready-made custard (and even make your individual from scratch), however Chicken’s custard powder was the way in which my nan made it. I take advantage of rather less milk than the Chicken’s recipe suggests, so it is a bit extra agency, to carry the trifle collectively higher (no, i am not affiliated with Chicken’s custard, by the way in which).
  • Whipping cream, together with confectioners’s sugar and vanilla extract so as to add additional sweetness to the cream.
  • Sprinkles – obligatory for all 80’s throw-back trifles.
Overhead shot of glass trifle bowl with slices of jam swiss roll and fresh raspberries in. The bowl is on a wooden table.

I really like the layering of a superb trifle. I believe the swiss rolls lined across the trifle dish look so fairly once they’re suspended in that pretty jelly!

👩‍🍳PRO TIP You should definitely give your self sufficient time for the jelly to set. It’ll take no less than 4 hours. I favor to let the jelly set in a single day, then keep it up with the remainder of the trifle the following day.

Sherry trifle, topped with sprinkles, on a wooden table.

🍽️ What to serve it with

For me, trifles are both a dessert served on the finish of a giant Sunday roast, or an excellent addition to any buffet – particularly a Christmas trifle! Listed here are another recipes that seem on my buffet desk.

Side image of a large glass bowl of sherry trifle on a wooden table against a dark background.

Do you’ve got any favorite nostalgic desserts?
Now I’ve had this trifle once more, I am dreaming of blancmange, syrup sponge and rice pudding. Not forgetting these shop-bought classics – viennetta, arctic roll and Angel Delight (butterscotch flavour was the very best!).

🍲 Extra improbable Desserts

Rainbow sprinkles being sprinkled onto a large bowl of sherry trifle. The trifle is on a wooden table, against a dark background.

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Square image of sherry trifle in a large glass dish on a wooden table against a dark background. There is a glass of sherry and a bowl of sprinkles also in shot.

Nan’s correct sherry trifle

Layers of jam swiss roll and raspberries in jelly, sherry-soaked swiss roll, custard, whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles!

Prep Time 20 minutes

setting time 4 hrs

Whole Time 4 hrs 20 minutes

Course Dessert

Delicacies British

Servings 10 – 12 folks

Energy 496 kcal


  • Slice up 2 of the swiss rolls into 1cm thick slices. Use it to line the aspect of a 3.5 litre trifle dish – only one layer. In case you have any left over, put to 1 aspect and canopy for now. We’ll use it later.

    3 x 190g (3 x 6.7oz) jam swiss rolls

  • Add the raspberries to the centre of the trifle dish.

    200 g (7 oz) contemporary raspberries

  • Slice up the jelly cubes and place in a bowl or jug. Add 400ml of boiling water and stir collectively till the jelly cubes have dissolved.

    2 x 135g (2 x 4.8oz) packs of raspberry jelly cubes

  • Add 500ml of chilly water and stir collectively.

  • Pour this jelly combination into the trifle dish, over the raspberries and swiss roll.

  • Place the fridge to set for no less than 4 hours (as much as 2 days)

  • As soon as the jelly has set, take it out of the fridge.

  • Chop the remaining swiss rolls into chunky items – approx. 1-1.5cm cubed. Place in a bowl and drizzle over the sherry – attempt to make sure a bit little bit of sherry will get onto each bit.

    3 tbsp sherry

  • Prepare the sponge items excessive of the jelly and place again within the fridge when you make the custard.

  • Place the custard powder, sugar and 4 tbsp of the milk right into a saucepan. Stir collectively to kind a paste.

    70 g (7 stage tbsp) custard powder, 70 g (5.5 stage tbsp) caster sugar, 1 litre (1.75 pints) full-fat milk

  • Now slowly pour within the remaining milk, whereas stirring, till absolutely combined collectively.

  • Put the warmth on below the pan and warmth over a medium warmth, stirring consistently with a whisk or wood spoon, till the custard thickens (make sure to maintain stirring, in any other case the custard can catch and burn on the backside of the pan). It’ll thicken fairly rapidly simply because it’s beginning to method boiling level.

  • As quickly because it thickens, flip off the warmth.

  • Depart to chill to room temperature – about 20-Half-hour. If you wish to stop any pores and skin forming, place a bit of clingfilm on prime (touching all uncovered components of the custard) when cooling.

  • Take away the clingfilm and provides the custard a stir. Take the trifle out of the fridge and pour/spoon the custard excessive, to fully cowl the sponge items in custard.

  • Place again within the fridge for 1 hour to sit back the custard (once more, cowl with clingfilm for those who want to stop a pores and skin forming. That is optionally available).

  • Add the whipping cream to a big bowl or stand mixer. Whisk utilizing a hand whisk or the whisk attachment in your stand mixer till you get to the mushy peaks stage (the creamy ought to look mushy, thick and pillowy, and can simply keep on a spoon for those who flip a spoonful of it upside-down.

    600 ml (2.5 cups) whipping cream

  • Add the vanilla extract after which sift over the icing sugar. Whisk once more for just a few seconds to mix the vanilla and icing sugar into the cream.

    1 tsp vanilla extract, 30 g (4.5 stage tbsp) icing sugar

  • Spoon the cream excessive of the trifle in huge dollops.

  • Sprinkle over the rainbow sprinkles, then serve.

    1 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

  • Alternatively, cowl with clingfilm and refrigerate till able to eat (it ought to maintain for two days). For those who’re refrigerating it for greater than a few hours, I would go away the sprinkles off till you’re nearly to serve – as the color from the sprinkles will ‘bleed’ into the cream if left for too lengthy.

✎ Notes

US phrases
There are numerous British-isms on this recipe, so I will attempt to decipher for these of you within the US. For those who suppose i’ve bought one thing mistaken, please let me know within the feedback.

  • Jam Swiss Rolls – similar as jelly roll cake – it ought to simply be a skinny sponge rolled up with jelly (we name is jam within the UK), no cream or something further in there.
  • Jelly – similar as your Jell-O. I am utilizing cubes on this recipe.
  • Caster Sugar – similar as your superfine sugar
  • Icing/Confectioners’ sugar – similar as your powdered sugar

Trifle dish
I take advantage of this 3.5 litre trifle dish (<– affiliate hyperlink).
For those who’re within the US, this hyperlink ought to take you to an analogous one to the one I take advantage of, it is a bit smaller, at 3 liters, however will nonetheless work superb.
My trifle dish is top 18cm, prime diameter 23cm.

Ingredient swaps

  • Swap raspberries for strawberries (you can even swap the raspberry flavoured jam swiss roll and jelly for strawberry flavoured)
  • Swap the swiss roll in your favorite sponge. A plain or jam sponge works greatest (versus chocolate/cream fillings)
  • Swap the sprinkles for a topping of your selection – kirsch cherries, contemporary berries, flaked almonds, grated chocolate – all make nice toppings
  • Swap the sherry for an additional spirit/liqueur – cherry brandy, amaretto, spiced rum and calvados are nice choices

Sizing down this recipe
You possibly can halve and even quarter this recipe to serve 4-6 folks – sticking to the identical ingredient ratios.
You will want a smaller dish (1 litre for 4 folks, 1.5-2 litre for six folks).

Alternatively, you may make in small particular person dishes. For those who’re doing this, you will not be capable of line the sting of the dish all the way in which round with jam sponge – as it can take up an excessive amount of area. You possibly can easy add chunks of jam sponge in with the raspberries and canopy with jelly.
This trifle ought to maintain properly, coated, within the fridge for as much as 3 days.
Dietary info is approximate, per serving, based mostly on this recipe serving 12 folks.


Energy: 496kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 9gFats: 23gSaturated Fats: 14gPolyunsaturated Fats: 1gMonounsaturated Fats: 6gLdl cholesterol: 131mgSodium: 437mgPotassium: 285mgFiber: 1gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 970IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 191mgIron: 2mg

Key phrases sherry, conventional trifle, Trifle

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