Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs
A traditional trifle that almost every family has a version of. I can remember my mum putting tinned fruit cocktail in hers, I haven't included it as I think its awful, but feel free to add some if you fancy. Cooking time is chilling time.
- 1 cake (a madeira wine cake sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices)
- 10 fluid ounces whole milk
- 1 1⁄4 pints double cream
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 4 tablespoons caster sugar
- 4 tablespoons raspberry jam
- 6 tablespoons sweet sherry
- Bring the milk and 10fl oz of the cream to the boil in a non-stick pan.
- Beat the egg yolks, cornflour and sugar together in a bowl, then gradually whisk in the hot milk and cream.
- Return the mixture to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, for about ten minutes, until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Take care not to let it boil as it will curdle.
- Transfer the custard to a bowl and leave to cool.
- Arrange a single layer of the cake slices over the base of the bowl.
- Spread the layer with 2 tbsp of raspberry jam and lay another layer of cake on top (you might not need to use all the cake).
- Spread the second layer with another 2 tbsp of raspberry jam and sprinkle over the sherry.
- Pour the custard over the cake, cover with clingfilm and chill for at least three hours.
- Whip the remaining cream into soft peaks.
- Uncover the trifle, spoon over the cream and return it to the fridge until you are ready to serve.
- Decorate however you wish, hundreds and thousands and halved glace cherries are traditional.