Baked raspberry & bramble trifle with Drambuie

Baked raspberry & bramble trifle with Drambuie

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(20 ratings)

Ready in 1½-1¾ hours


Serves 8
A wonderful Scottish pudding based loosely on the traditional trifle, with the added twist of a layer of baked custard

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal873
  • fat70g
  • saturates42g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars36g
  • fibre2g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.58g
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  • 350g raspberry, fresh or frozen, plus extra to decorate



    A member of the rose family, raspberries have a wonderfully intense, sweet taste, and many…

  • 225g/8oz madeira cake or any other light sponge, thinly sliced
  • 5 tbsp Drambuie whisky



    Whisky usually means an ethanol-based spirit produced in Scotland. Ethanol is an intoxicating…

  • 1 large orange, grated zest and juice



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 1l double cream
  • 4 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 85g golden caster sugar
  • few drops vanilla extract or essence
  • 8 tbsp bramble jam or jelly
  • 5 bought shortbread biscuits, coarsely crumbled and lightly toasted
  • icing sugar, to dust


  1. The day before, preheat the oven to fan oven 140C/conventional 160C/gas 3. Tip the raspberries over the base of a large deep, ovenproof dish. Press down lightly with the back of a spoon to release some of the berry juices.

  2. Cover the raspberries with the slices of cake, then spoon over the Drambuie and orange juice. Leave to soak for 10 minutes.

  3. Whisk together 600ml of the double cream with the eggs, sugar, orange zest and vanilla extract or essence. Spread the jam over the sponge to cover completely then slowly pour on the custard mixture.

  4. Sit the dish in a roasting tin with enough hot water to come at least 5cm up the sides. Bake for 1 hour-1 hour 10 minutes, or longer depending on the height and width of the dish. The custard should be just set with a little wobble left in it. Leave to cool then cover with cling film and keep overnight in the fridge.

  5. To serve, whip the remaining cream until it just holds its shape, then spoon it over the custard. Scatter over the raspberries and toasted shortbread and finish with a dusting of icing sugar.

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29th Dec, 2013
made this for Christmas with cherry pie filling and sherry in place of bramble and Drambuie. Everyone loved it. Sister said " best trifle ever"!! I'm sending them the recipe
1st Jan, 2020
Now try the original recipe using Drambuie, unbelievable.
26th Jan, 2012
Oh dear. Didn't like this at all :-( disappointing end to Burns supper i hosted. Guests equally deflated by this closing act. Took an hr and three quarters to cook (dish i used looked similar to picture) orange overpowered everything and custard seemed really eggy. Overall look was messy. A conventional trifle much better - and less hassle. In this case a lot of trifle (and money) in the bin. Huge disappointment as most GoodFood recipes very successful. Def won't make again.
1st Jan, 2020
You did something wrong, this is the finest trifle I have ever tasted as 40 years a chef. The recipe MUST be made exactly, no shortcuts or substitutions.
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30th Jan, 2011
This went down a treat and the baked custard layer was a nice change. The only disappointment was that I couldn't use my nice trifle bowl as it needed the spell in the oven! Used shortbread biscuits with added orange peel for the topping and this set the sweetness of quite nicely.
15th Dec, 2010
This is a fantastic recipe. Always turns out for me. I absolutely love the taste and couldn't think of a better more indulgent dessert. Will be making for Christmas again!!
19th Dec, 2009
Quite easy to make. Looks and tastes superb. My brother-in-law had two helpings and he is a very particular eater.
19th Dec, 2009
Gorgous recipe for a slightly different twist on trifle. Everyone was full of compliments. Not sure if I would do again though as no better than my traditional trifle which is less work. Worth a go
5th Apr, 2009
I've made this a few times and although it tastes great I can't seem to master the presentation so it always looks a bit of a mess.
Mikey SE22
30th Dec, 2008
Great stuff. First trifle I've made and will make this again. Rich but delicious. The tartness of the raspberries counteracts with the richness of the custard and cream very well. For this reason, as the poster above says, would probably use slightly more raspberries next time.


11th Mar, 2020
If I cook this trifle in individual ramekins, how long would I bake them for?
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Barney Good Food
12th Mar, 2020
Please bear in mind we haven't tested this ourselves but we would hazard a guess at 20-30 mins or until lightly set.
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