Denise Gregory


This is a lovely dessert & very flexible regarding the fruit, just be sure you use a jam that will go with it.
Hope you enjoy it.


☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes

1 Hr
15 Min
Stove Top


Add to Grocery List

  • 8
    trifle sponges, cut in half, horizontally
  • 100 g
    apricot jam
  • 4 Tbsp
    medium sherry
  • 385 g
    can fruit cocktail drained, but syrup reserved.
  • 3 large
  • 2 Tbsp
    caster sugar
  • 600 ml
    (1 pint) milk
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla flavouring
  • 300 ml
    (12 pint) whipping or double cream
  • ·
    red glace cherries, halved
  • ·
    a little angelica, to finish.



  1. Spread the trifle sponges with jam, then sandwich together again. Cut each across in half & place them around the bottom of a glass serving dish.
  2. Add the sherry to the reserved syrup & pour over the sponges. Scatter the fruit cocktail over the top.
  3. Whisk the eggs & sugar together in a large bowl. Heat the milk in a small pan until almost boiling, then add the egg & sugar mixture, whisking continuously.
  4. Strain the mixture into a heavy-based pan -(see note:1)- & cook over a low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of the wooden spoon -
    N.B. keep the heat low or the custard will go lumpy.
    Remove from the heat & stir in the vanilla. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Pour the custard over the fruit & sponges & leave to cool completely. Cover & refrigerate for 3 - 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Whip the cream until it forms soft peeks. Spread 1/3 over the custard. Use the remaining cream with the cherries & angelica to decorate the trifle. Serve at once or cover & refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Enjoy.

    1)A heavy based pan will stop the custard from overheating & the eggs from scrambling.
    2)If your not sure about making the egg custard, mix 1 tsp cornflour with the caster sugar, then whisk into the eggs.

Printable Recipe Card


Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: UK/Ireland

Show 1 Comment & Review

Simple Summer Desserts Recipe

Simple Summer Desserts

Kitchen Crew

My sweet tooth doesn't take a break in the summertime. With all the fresh fruits available, I love to create easy and scrumptious desserts. They are a sweet ending to...

25 Scrumptious Strawberry Recipes

25 Scrumptious Strawberry Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

It's strawberry season! We've picked 25 "berry" good strawberry recipes you'll want to try.

Fresh Blueberry Recipes That'll Add Pops Of Flavor To Your Summertime Menu

Fresh Blueberry Recipes That'll Add Pops of Flavor to Your Summertime Menu

Kitchen Crew

There's nothing better than blueberries in the summer. Blueberries are thought to have more antioxidants than any other commonly consumed fruit or vegetable. You can read more about the health...