Throw together a super easy trifle in no time with our retro trifle recipe. Totally yummy dessert that’s ideal for serving at parties, celebrations or after Sunday lunch.
Sometimes you just need a bowlful of proper retro style trifle, the kind you used to get in the 80s… layers of jelly, thick creamy custard and topped with a mountain of messy whipped cream and chocolate flake.
English trifle is so making a come back in my house! It’s perfect for dessert after a big family dinner, great as part of a buffet for parties or even just because you fancy a bowlful. Trifle reminds me of happy days so that’s enough of a reason to throw it together more often!
How do you make trifle?
Well…. there’s all kinds of trifles and everyone has their own little twist on making one. You get the trifle purists who make everything from scratch, you get booze soaked trifles… and then you get my really Easy Trifle – made entirely with cheat ingredients (but I promise you it tastes just SO GOOD)
Really yummy retro dessert
- 1 small tin mandarin oranges
- 1 pack strawberry jelly
- 4-5 trifle sponges
- 750g carton custard
- 300ml whipping cream
- chocolate flake
- Grab your bowl and put trifle sponges into the bottom.
- Tip some of juice from the mandarin oranges over the trifle sponges to moisten them - tip in the mandarin orange segments
- Mix up the jelly as per the packet instructions - allow to cool a little before pouring over the sponges and fruit. Then put it in the fridge to set.
- Pour over the custard and smooth.
- Whip the cream and either pipe onto the custard layer or just smooth it over with a spatula.
- Sprinkle over crumbled chocolate flake.
The recipe below is enough to fill an 8 inch bowl - if your bowl is bigger/smaller then adjust your ingredients to suit.
How to make trifle your way
- Switch the mandarins for fresh strawberries or raspberries
- Switch the strawberry jelly for whatever flavour you like
- Skip the jelly altogether and use chocolate mousse
- Swap the trifle sponge for Swiss Roll
- Top with sprinkles or edible glitter instead of chocolate flake
How to serve trifle
- Perfect for serving up after the roast dinner on a Sunday
- Great for birthday parties or celebration buffets.
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