A Trifle is an old-school English desert. It is made up of layers of plain sponge cake, sliced fruits, custard, cream, jelly and of course the alcohol. There are many variations to this dessert and most old families have their own signature style.
I Learnt to make The D’cruz family Trifle when i was in my teens. This however is not the family recipe, I made this Peach Trifle for a recent birthday party. I stuck to the usual basics of cake and fruit, but gave it a little twist. If you are tired of birthday cakes, give this a try..
fruit cocktail – drained and juice separated
peaches – drained and sliced.
sponge cake (butter or mable is fine)
All purpose whipped cream
Sherry ( or any sweet wine or brandy would do)
Handful of chocolate shavings for decoration.
Putting it together
Crumble up the cake in a bowl until it resembles fine bread crumbs
Whip the cream and set aside.
To make the base, first off, use about 1/3 the cake crumbs and spread it out on the bottom of the dish. If you are using a very large dish you may need more. Press the crumbs down and pour half of the sherry and syrup from the canned fruit so that the cake crumbs hold. The base of the trifle should be about half inch thick.
Arrange about 1/3 of the fruits on top of the cake.
Spread a layer (about half inch thick) of whipped cream over the fruit.
Repeat with cake crumbs, fruit and cream….and ending with cream.
Once done, stick it in the fridge for about 20-30 mins to chill then serve.
I have not provided exact measurements here because it really boils down to how much trifle you want to make and how big your dish is. Mine was about 9inch round bowl and I used about 2 cake loafs.