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Quick Sherry Trifle Recipe


Quick Sherry Trifle Recipe

Bowl of Sherry Trifle

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Trifle is the quintessential pudding that has graced British tables for centuries. This version is a quick sherry trifle and is made using ready-made custard or custard made with custard powder following the packet instructions. Jelly may not always be used but no Trifle is complete without custard.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 300g / 10oz Madeira or sponge cake, halved and cut into thick slices
  • 300g / 10 oz fresh strawberries, frozen are fine but defrost thoroughly
  • 6 tbsp sweet sherry
  • 500ml/ 2 cups thick custard, ready made or using custard powder
  • 500ml/ 2 cups double or whipping cream, softly whipped
  • Handful, toasted, flaked almonds


Serves 6

The trifle can be made in one large glass dish or into individual glasses
  • Line the bottom of the dish or glasses with the cake slices.
  • Slice the strawberries if fresh and reserve a few for decoration (if using frozen,leave whole) then layer the remaining evenly over the cake. Press lightly with a fork to release the juices. Sprinkle with the sherry.
  • Spoon over the custard, again in a thick layer.
  • Finish with a thick layer of whipped cream either spooned over or piped using a piping bag.
  • Decorate with strawberry slices and a few toasted, flaked, almonds.

    Omit the sherry if serving to children.

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