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Monday 4 August 2008

Fruit Trifle

During my stay in the U.K., trifle is a dessert which fascinated me a lot. Trifle is an English dessert made with cake, custard, fruits, jelly and cream. All these items are gathered in a glass bowl, as this shows of those lovely colours and makes anybody's mouth water. Trifle can be made with various ingredients and in various ways. Here is my version of trifle. I am using all ready made items to make it easier. You can bake the cake yourself, or make the custard at home.

Ingredients:
  1. 200 gms plain sponge cake
  2. 800 gms fruit cocktail (500 gms fruit drained)
  3. 1 packet of strawberry jelly (You may use different jelly depending on the fruits you use)
  4. 500 ml. custard
  5. 1 cup whipping cream
  6. 1 tblsp. icing sugar

Method:

  • Prepare the jelly according to the instructions and let it set before you start making the trifle.
  • Cut the cake into 1 inch slices and layer the bottom of the glass bowl with it.
  • Drain the syrup out of fruit cocktail and drizzle some of the syrup onto the sliced cake pieces, to soak it a bit.
  • Now put half of the fruits on top of the cake layer.
  • Pour some custard on top of the fruit layer.
  • The next layer should be the jelly.
  • You can again layer the items in the similar way or stop it wherever you please.
  • Lastly add the whipped cream.
  • Refrigerate it for atleast 5 hours and serve cold.

* Whipped cream . In a mixing bowl, beat the cream until it slightly thickens.
Add icing sugar and continue to whip until it forms firm peaks. Whipping cream can also be used to layer in between the ingredients. But always finish off with the whipping cream on top.