Traditional English Sherry Trifle - Strictly for the Grown Ups!

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 4hrs 10mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • Split the sponges in half then spread each half thinly with raspberry jam.
  • Sandwich each half back together and cut into quarters.
  • Place in the base of three and a half pint (2 litre) glass trifle bowl.
  • Sprinkle the sherry over the sponges and spoon over the partially thawed raspberries and their juice.
  • Roughly crush the ratafia biscuits and sprinkle over the raspberries.
  • Chill for 3-4 hours.
  • Place the milk and vanilla pod in a small pan and slowly bring to just below boiling point.
  • Transfer to a heatproof jug and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the vanilla pod from the milk.
  • Place the egg yolks, cornflour and sugar in a bowl and whisk together.
  • Whisk in the milk, then strain the liquid back into the rinsed pan through a fine sieve.
  • Cook over a gentle heat , stirring constantly until the custard starts to thicken, being careful not to allow to boil.
  • Cook gently for two minutes unit the custard is a thick pouring consistency.
  • Quickly pour the custard into a cold bowl to prevent further cooking.
  • Sprinkle the surface with a thin coating of caster sugar to prevent a skin forming.
  • Set aside and leave to cool.
  • Spoon the cold custard onto the raspberries in the trifle bowl, spreading to the edges with a palette knife.
  • Gently whip the cream until it nearly holds its shape, then spoon three quarters of it on top of the custard and carefully spread to the sides of the bowl.
  • Whip the remaining cream until it holds it shape.
  • Pipe swirls of cream around the top of the bowl and decorate with flaked almonds and cherries, silver dragees or raspberries.