Strawberry & elderflower trifle

Strawberry & elderflower trifle

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 15 mins plus overnight chilling

A challenge

Serves 10 - 12

The plumpest, ripest strawberries make up this classic summer trifle with ginger jelly and a lemon drizzle cake base

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (12)

  • kcal704
  • fat58g
  • saturates35g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars30g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.1g
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    For the custard

    • 600ml pot double cream
    • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
    • 4 large egg yolks
    • 1 tbsp cornflour
    • 50ml elderflower cordial
    • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar

    For the ginger jelly

    • 350ml ginger wine
    • 3 sheets leaf gelatine, soaked in cold water for 5 mins

    For the sponge base

    • 200g lemon drizzle cake, broken into small chunks

    For the strawberry marinade

    • 400g punnet of strawberries, hulled and halved
    • 3 tbsp golden caster sugar
    • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
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    For the vanilla cream

    • 600ml double cream
    • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
    • 50g icing sugar

    To serve

    • a few ginger biscuits, crushed
    • 1 tsp lemon thyme leaves


    1. For the custard, heat the double cream and vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Whisk together the eggs, cornflour, cordial and sugar in a bowl, then pour in the hot vanilla cream. Pour into a clean pan and set over a low-medium heat for 5-6 mins until thick and glossy. Pass through a fine sieve into a bowl and leave to cool.

    2. Put the wine and gelatine in a separate pan, heat gently to dissolve, then pass through another fine sieve into a jug and leave to cool slightly.

    3. Put the lemon drizzle cake in a trifle or serving dish, pour over the jelly and place in the fridge for 1 hr to set. Once set, pour the custard onto the trifle base and leave to set in the fridge overnight.

    4. The next day, put the strawberries, caster sugar and vinegar in a mixing bowl, toss together and leave in the fridge for 1 hr or so. Spoon the strawberries on top of the custard, along with the balsamic juices.

    5. Whisk the double cream, vanilla and icing sugar together, then spoon on top of the trifle. To serve, crumble over the biscuits and scatter with thyme.

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    3rd Aug, 2016
    Not too difficult, expensive to make should you not have all the ingredients. I found the jelly and lemon cake tasted almost overwhelmingly of alcohol. Nice trifle for the summer, my partner loved it and would definitely have it again
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