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Classic English Trifle Christmas Dessert Recipe

chefkalyankumarj Date: December 15, 2018
Cuisine: England
Course: Desserts

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Trifle dessert is a traditional dessert from England and is considered as one of the Top 10 must have dishes for Christmas. This delectable three layered sweet dish is cherished around the Christmas holidays season since ages.

To put it simple, trifle is made of sponge cake, jam & fruits and whipped cream. There are variations that use custard.
Also, there are alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions, where in alcoholic version, the sponge cake is soaked in Sherry, Madeira or some other kind of liqueur.

The earliest recording of Trifle could be found 1585 English cookery book by Thomas Dawson, called The Good Huswifes Jewell.

This English dessert is now very famous in North America and prepared as a traditional dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays dinners.

The recipe here is a non-alcoholic version that anyone could enjoy.
Though the Preparation time and Cooking time together is only 45 minutes, Trifle has to be chilled for at least 2 hours before serving.
So, the overall preparation and serving lead time will be 2 hour 45 minutes to 3 hours, on average.

Classic English Trifle Christmas Dessert Recipe

nutrition information

Nutrition Info Per Serving
Energy 157.62 Cal Protein 1.20 g
Lipid 9.93 g Carbohydrate 16.67 g
Fiber 0.60 g Sugar 12.80 g

Ingredients List

Quantity Units Ingredients Notes
2.00 SPONGE CAKE 9 inch cakes, cut into cubes
2.00 cup JAMS AND PRESERVES Seedless Raspberry Jam
15.00 oz STRAWBERRIES cut into halves
40.00 foz CREAM FLUID WHIPPING Heavy Cream
20.00 gm EGG YOLK 6 egg yolks
5.00 tbsp SUGAR


  • Take a large glass bowl, place the pieces of cake with little jam spread on each piece. Sprinkle raspberries over cake.
  • Heat 20 fluid ounces of cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat. While the cream is heating, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until pale yellow and smooth.
  • Strain yolk mixture into a clean bowl.
  • Pour hot cream into egg yolks and stir vigorously. Return mixture to pan over low heat and cook, stirring, until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.
  • Remove from the heat and let it cool.
  • While custard is cooling, whip the remaining 20 fluid ounces of cream until soft peaks are forming.
  • Spread cooled custard over cake in bowl. Place fresh strawberry halves. Top with whipped cream.
  • Chill it for at least 2 hours.
  • Voila! Classic English Trifle dessert is ready to serve!!

Additionally, you could further garnish with few fresh raspberries and roasted almond slices on top.