Classic Sherry Trifle

Classic Sherry Trifle

Sherry trifle is one of those desserts that has been around for ever and will never fade away.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Servings 8


Fresh Egg Custard

  • 500 ml milk or cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp. corn flour – optional

Berry compote

  • 3 ozs/75g sugar
  • 200 g mixed berries such as blueberries, raspberries, hulled and halved strawberries (frozen
  • 50 g sugar
  • 2 tbsp Grand Marnier or Cointreau


  • 1 raspberry swirled swiss roll
  • 100 ml/3 ½ fl oz good quality sherry
  • 240 ml/8 fl oz freshly whipped cream
  • 100 g fresh berries raspberries, strawberries, etc
  • 2 ozs/50g flaked almonds


  • Place the milk and vanilla extract onto the saucepan, over a medium heat and bring to the boil.
  • In the meantime, in. a bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar for 1 minute until thick then stir in the corn flour.
  • Now pour the warm milk over the egg yolks mixture.
  • Return the entire mixture to the saucepan and slowly cook over a gentle heat, stirring continuously until the egg custard start to thicken and coats the back of the spoon.
  • Remove immediately from the heat, and leave for 20 minutes to cool.
  • Next, prepare the berry compote.
  • Place the berries in a heavy-based pan with the sugar and Grand Marnier, then bring to the boil, stirring so that the sugar dissolves. Continue to boil fast for about 5 minutes until the berries are tender but still holding their shape.
  • When the custard and berries are cool. Start to build the trifle.
  • Place the swiss roll pieces in a bowl, drizzle with sherry and pour the custard over the sponge mixture and allow to cool for a couple of hours or overnight. Cover with a disc of parchment paper or cling film to prevent the formation of a crust.
  • When ready to serve, pipe some whipped cream on the top and sprinkle, if desired, with some toasted flaked almonds and fresh berries.
Keyword berries, cream, custard, Dessert, Kevin Dundon

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