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Tilly's trifle

Tilly's trifle

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • Plus chilling
  • A challenge
  • Serves 8 - 10

Gordon Ramsay's traditional trifle is the perfect treat to satisfy the whole family.

Nutrition: per serving
low insalt0.26g


For the fruit layer

  • 4 sheets leaf gelatine
  • 650g jar Morello cherries
  • 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • 1 Swiss roll
  • 3-4 tbsp medium dry sherry , optional
  • 70g amaretti biscuits , crushed

For the custard

  • 1 vanilla pod , split in half
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 50g golden caster sugar plus 1 tbsp
  • 4 tsp plain flour
  • 568ml pot double cream

For the topping

  • 284ml pot double cream
  • 50g chopped unsalted pistachios
  • 30g amaretti biscuits , crushed
  • handful physalis (Cape gooseberries)


  • STEP 1

    First, make the jelly. Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water until floppy, then drain. Strain off the juice from the cherries into a jug – you should have around 350-400ml. Put the juice and the redcurrant jelly in a pan, stirring until it boils and the redcurrant jelly has melted. Take off the heat, cool for a few mins, then stir in the gelatine until it dissolves. Pour into a shallow pan or dish to cool, then chill until set.

  • STEP 2

    For the custard, scrape the vanilla seeds from the pod into a large bowl. Add the egg yolks, 40g sugar and the flour, then whisk until pale and creamy. Pour the cream into a medium-size pan and bring just to the boil. Gradually whisk the cream into the yolk mix. Wipe out the pan, then return the mixture to it. Cook slowly over a low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until thickened – take extra care to stir well at the edges of the pan. Cool, stirring every so often.

  • STEP 3

    To assemble the trifle, slice the Swiss roll into 8 pieces and arrange on the base and around the inside of a large glass serving bowl. Sprinkle with the sherry, if using.

  • STEP 4

    Turn the jelly out onto a board and chop with a sharp knife. Scatter the drained cherries and chopped jelly on top of the Swiss roll, then sprinkle over the crushed amaretti.

  • STEP 5

    Pour the cooled custard over the biscuits, then return to the fridge until cold (about 2 hrs). For the topping, whip the cream to soft peaks with 1 tbsp sugar, then spoon or pipe it over the custard. The trifle can be covered and chilled for up to 2 days at this point.

  • STEP 6

    To serve, sprinkle over the pistachios and remaining amaretti. Push back the leaves of the physalis and poke the fruit into the cream.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2006


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