I’ve got myself so excited to share this sherry trifle recipe, that I really don’t know where to start. So many words, so many trifle food memories… spotting it on a well laden sweet trolley, my mum making it every Christmas. You get it?!! Trifle brings me GREAT joy!
Trifle when done well, and served up from a big dish, is one of my absolute favourite puddings. And recently it has become one of my Christmas Eve rituals, to prepare and get things ready to fully assemble our sherry trifle on Christmas day.
This sherry trifle recipe pretty much replicates the one my mum used to make (it was incredible, I tell you!) and it makes me so happy that I can now share it with you. The only real change I’ve needed to make was to use a gluten free sponge for the base. Everything else is just the same.
For the sponge cake
110g (4oz) butter (I use Lurpak full fat spreadable)
110g (4oz) caster sugar
110g (4oz) gluten free self- raising flour or mix (add ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum if not already in the gf flour)
2 large eggs (room temp)
1 teaspoon *vanilla extract
For the fruit layer
50ml cream sherry (add more if you fancy it a touch more boozy)
250g (9oz) raspberries (I used fresh, but frozen would be fine too)
1 x 135g pack raspberry Jelly
¾ pint water
For the custard
1 pint of full fat milk
2 heaped tablespoons *custard powder (I use Bird’s)
2 level tablespoons sugar
300ml fresh double cream
1-2 *Cadbury flakes crumbled or grated *chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4/160C Fan.
Grease and line a 1lb loaf tin. If you don’t have a loaf tin a 8 inch sandwich tin would be fine.
Add all the ingredients for the sponge into a large mixing bowl and with an electric mixer whisk until pale and creamy.
Transfer the mixture into the prepared tin and pop into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes until the sponge is golden brown and springy to touch.
Remove from the oven. It’s fine to leave in the tin to go cold.
Once cold, cut the sponge into slices about ½ inch thick and lay them out to cover the base of the dish. Break off some smaller pieces of sponge, and use to patch any gaps. You probably won’t need to use all the sponge cake.
Pour or spoon over the sherry. I found using a teaspoon made it easier to drizzle it evenly over the sponge.
Next add the raspberries and spread them out to more or less cover the sponge.
To make the jelly, follow the instructions on the pack. But after the jelly cubes are dissolved only add a ¼ pint of cold water rather than ½ pint.
Pour the jelly over the raspberries. Leave to cool for about ½ hr before covering and transferring into the fridge to set.
To make the custard: Pour almost all of the milk into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Whilst you are waiting for the milk to boil, blend together the custard powder and sugar with the remaining milk until nice and smooth.
Once you see the milk beginning to boil, pour in the prepared custard mixture and whisk constantly until the custard thickens. To make sure the custard powder has fully cooked out, it’s best to have a quick taste. If it tastes a bit powdery, cook out a little longer.
Transfer the custard into a clean mixing bowl (one large enough for you to whisk the custard later). Cover the custard straight away with a disk of greaseproof. Press he greaseproof gently down onto the custard. By doing this you will prevent a skin from forming.
Leave the custard to cool before transferring into the fridge to chill completely.
Once the jelly has set and the custard is cold (takes approx. 3 hours) you can crack on with assembling the trifle:
Remove the paper from the custard and skim off any odd bits of custard skin you see. Whisk the custard with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
Pour the custard over the trifle base and smooth out.
In a large mixing bowl whisk the double cream until it thickens. It’s very easy to over whip the cream, so go slowly. I’d recommend ever so slightly under whipping rather than over.
Spoon the cream onto the custard and spread out with the back of the spoon or palette knife and then sprinkle your desired amount of chocolate flake.
Pop the trifle into the fridge for a good hour or so before serving up. I feel this gives all the delicious layers chance to bed in nicely.
Recipe notes and suggestions:
The fully assembled trifle is at its best on the day you make it, but it will keep OK in the fridge for 2-3 days.
To make life easier, the sponge cake base can be made in advance, wrapped and stored in the freezer. The trifle base and the custard can also be made the day before and stored in the fridge.
For quickness you can use shop bought gluten free cake for the trifle base. Something like Mrs Crimble’s Classic French Madeleines would work well. Or maybe you fancy using a Maderia cake recipe for the base instead?
As always, this trifle recipe is only a starting block from me, you must switch and change it however you wish: Alter the fruit or don’t add sponge or sherry, reduce the sugar and make it suitable for your individual dietary needs, all those sorts of things. And of course do top it with anything you fancy too – toasted flaked almonds would be rather nice.
Thanks for checking out my sherry trifle recipe. I do hope you approve. If trifle is your thing I think you’d like this rather terrific, easy to make raspberry and white chocolate trifle.
*Check this product out to ensure that there are no gluten containing ingredients or ‘may contain’ or ‘not suitable’ warnings on the pack. If in doubt leave it out.