For the custard

For the ginger jelly

For the sponge base

  • 200g lemon drizzle cake, broken into small chunks

For the strawberry marinade

For the vanilla cream

To serve

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


  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.


Choose plump, deep red, shiny fruit and avoid any with yellow or green patches. For the best flavour, buy locally grown berries that have been picked when fully ripe. They won't last long though, so use them quickly and serve at room temperature.

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