2 white chocolate trifles in serving glasses

White chocolate trifle

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Prep: 35 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus overnight chilling

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Serves 10

Love trifle? This white chocolate custard and passion fruit combination is really something special – the perfect dessert for a celebration

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal864
  • fat64g
  • saturates37g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars48g
  • fibre3g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 1 lemon drizzle cake (about 350g)
  • 120ml white rum
  • 8 passion fruit, pulp removed
  • 50g coconut shavings, toasted



    A large hairy, brown nut that grows on the coconut tree, found throughout the world's…

For the white chocolate custard

  • 375ml whole milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 125ml double cream
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 350g white chocolate, plus extra to serve
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

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    To purists, this is not chocolate because it is made only from the fat or butter of the cacao…

  • 7 large egg yolks

For the vanilla cream

  • 600ml double cream
  • 3 vanilla pods, seeds only
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 limes, zested



    The same shape, but smaller than…


  1. To make the custard, put the milk, cream and caster sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, set a glass bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Snap the white chocolate into the bowl and leave to melt. Put the egg yolks in a separate bowl.

  2. Once the cream mixture is up to the boil, pour into the bowl with the yolks, whisking continually. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over a gentle heat, whisking until the mixture reaches 85C on a digital thermometer, or the custard has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon and you can draw a line through it with your fingertip. Pour the custard through a sieve into the melted chocolate and quickly whisk to combine. Pour the white custard into a bowl, cover with cling film and chill in the fridge overnight.

  3. The next day, crumble the cake into the bottom of a trifle bowl or individual glasses and pour over the rum and half the passion fruit pulp. Leave to soak for 10 mins, then spoon over the white chocolate custard. Put in the fridge while you whisk the cream.

  4. Whisk the cream, vanilla, sugar and lime zest to soft peaks, then spoon into a piping bag with a star nozzle. Pipe on top of the custard, then top with the remaining passion fruit, coconut and a grating of white chocolate. Chill until needed. Can be made a day ahead and decorated just before serving.

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20th Dec, 2018
Really lovely recipe for special occasions. Halved the recipe and made my own lemon drizzle cake, taste wise, prefer it. Swapped the passion fruit for fresh raspberries, as my daughter dislikes passion fruit. Used Malibu instead of rum and grated over creamed coconut on top of the raspberries. Custard was easy to make, used quality white chocolate with vanilla and used elmlea double for a lower fat alternative to fresh cream, addition of lime and vanilla was superb. Really recommend this one, could be made in the summer too. Original recipe makes a large trifle, great for crowds!
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