We now have our recipe for the rib roast which is served at a proper English Christmas Dinner and now my friend, Darlene, darlenefoster.wordpress.com, has provided us with a recipe for the proper English dessert – Trifle. I know you will enjoy reading Darlene’s story about this recipe. I think it is one many of us can relate to.
A HUSBAND FOR A RECIPE
Coming from a German Canadian family, I had never had a sherry trifle before I travelled to England to meet my man’s family. It was during the Christmas season, so I was served trifle a number of times. I loved it! I asked for the recipe but was told in no uncertain terms that it was a family recipe and it was only shared amongst family. While there, we got married and everyone said I married Paul in order to get the family trifle recipe. It has been a topic of amusement for the past 44 years.
Since then I changed it somewhat to make it my own. My German Canadian family expects it every Christmas, my dad always asked for seconds. I’m not giving away any family secrets by sharing my recipe, besides my son is already married.
Darlene’s Trifle Recipe
Jelly rolls (Swiss rolls)
1 – 2 tablespoons of sweet sherry
I can of fruit cocktail
Other fresh fruit if desired
1 Package of strawberry or raspberry Jell-O (jelly powder)
Bird’s custard powder
Chocolate shavings (optional)
Line a clear glass bowl with slices of jelly roll covering the bottom and partially up the sides.
Sprinkle with sherry to soak the rolls
Drain the fruit cocktail and mandarins, arrange on top of jelly rolls
Add more fruit if desired. I often slice a banana, add fresh strawberries or sprinkle a few blueberries. Whatever you prefer and whatever is available.
Prepare the Jell-O as instructed, I often use the juice from the fruit as part of the liquid.
Pour Jello-O over the fruit and rolls. Let it cool and then refrigerate. (I often do this the night before)
Prepare the Birds custard as per package instructions.
Let it cool and thicken somewhat.
Pour custard over the rolls/fruit/Jell-O which should be well set.
Place back in the fridge, cover with wax paper so as not to get a skin on it.
Just before serving, whip cream and arrange on top. Top with chocolate shavings or decorate with pieces of fruit such as strawberries or mandarin slices. Use your imagination. When the children were little I often decorated the top with Christmas figures.
The layers in the glass bowl look very pretty and festive. Make sure you take a picture before serving. Of course you can eat it any time of the year!
Note: Amounts can vary depending on the size of the bowl and how many people will be sharing it. No matter what, there is never enough!
72 responses to “ENGLISH TRIFLE – A Husband for a Recipe”
Haven’t had a trifle in years. Yours looks yummy.
Thanks, Mary. We have it every Christmas for the past 44 years.
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I love trifle! Gotta make this soon since my husband enjoys it too. Thank you, Darlene, Bernadette, for sharing it!
Thanks. I hope you both enjoy it.
It is our pleasure Angie.
I’m intrigued by this recipe. Love the addition of sherry. Thanks for sharing!
You are most welcome.
You can make it without but a traditional English trifle has sherry in it. It does make it very nice.
This is an interesting take on a trifle! Never had one with jello. Love the sherry flavor!
The ingredients threw me off too but it sure is delicious.
That’s what counts!
Thanks, Dorothy. Hope you get a chance to try it.
The Jell-o makes it a little different than what I expected. Intriguing!
I know, I was surprised too. But it is delicious.
Thanks, Jacqui. It is a nice way to end a Christmas dinner, and not to much work as it can be made ahead.
Definitely trying this one over the Holidays! Thank you Bernadette and Darlene.
You are most welcome. Enjoy!
Thanks. I do hope you enjoy it.
Great! Let us know how you like it.
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An interesting take on the English Christmas dinner, Bernadette. Rib roast? Nope, it has always been Turkey for us! Followed by Christmas Pudding, though a trifle has been known to sneak onto the Christmas Eve menu. Darlene’s is a good recipe 😊
Oh well, just consider the hubris of an American imagination.
Happy to have your approval of my recipe, Clive. We always have it as the dessert for Christmas dinner as it isn’t too heavy. But we also have one, that we don’t have to share, on New Year’s Eve.
Well done, Darlene! My paternal grandmother Rose made a fabulous trifle with clotted
cream and almonds on the top (and cherries of course!) Mum also made it like yours. We had it at every birthday party and Christmas too. Cheers! x
What a catchy title, and I use the word “catchy” facetiously.. “Trifles” sound very English, so I don’t remember eating one. You know I like to try new recipes; yours sound like a wonderful one!
Thanks for stopping by Marian. I never had eaten one until I received Darlene’s recipe. Delicious!
Hi Darlene, Well done you!. An old favourite in our family. My paternal grandmother Rose made a fab. one with clotted cream and almonds, and Mum made a mean one too. Cheers! x
Clotted cream and almonds would be good too. I’m sure your mom’s was great!
As a husband I say….looks awesome!! I’m passing the recipe onto my wife…thanks Darlene and Bernadette for sharing!!
You are very welcome and I hope your wife enjoys the recipe.
Thanks, Kirt. Let me know what you think of it if you try it.
Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Darlene and thanks for hosting her, Bernadette!
You are very welcome. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
Thanks so much. Is there a special dessert your family likes for Christmas?
Just Christmas cookies – I make pizzelles which are everyone’s favorites!
Hi Darlene – I thought I replied to this, I think I tried doing it from my phone…it must not have gone through. Yes, we mostly make cookies, especially pizzelles, which I will be making tomorrow morning before work 🙂
Your trifle looks delicious, Darlene. I have to try it this Christmas. Thank you for sharing, Bernadette.
You are very welcome Miriam.
Thanks Miriam. I hope you and your family enjoy it.
This is just how my mother used to make her trifle…A great British Christmas tradition 🙂 x
And a delicious one to boot. Thanks for stopping by Carol.
Always a pleasure and good recipes.. 😀 x
It was certainly worth marrying in to the family for. I’m sure yoyr moms was wonderful.
It was, Darlene although I don’t like sherry in mine.. So she had to make two…. 😀 x
My Mum made a wonderful trifle, but never used jelly. Sherry and fruit, yes. She claimed she was once told by a chef that a trifle should not have jelly.
When I was little, the primary school I went to made a trifle as a treat for someone’s birthday. They put jelly over the sponge and I hated it. I wanted to keep my birthday a secret so they wouldn’t make a trifle! I think sponge soaked in jelly is horrid, so I follow my Mum’s advice and never use jelly. It’s the texture that is all wrong with jelly soaked sponge, in my opinion.
I also soak the sponge in the juice from a can of strawberries or raspberries then add the sherry (if I’m using it).
Every family recipe is different and its what you are used to I imagine. To date, no one has disliked my trifle!
Thank you for reading my post, Bernadette (what a lovely name!) I’m pleased to ‘meet’ you. From your photograph, you have the look of a very pleasant, attractive and competent cook/chef – which I’m sure you are. I’m now quite ancient and my husband has taken over the role of cook, bless him – although he’s even older….I used to love cooking for him and our three, hungry, sons. (I noticed you have three too…) and tried all sorts of recipes out over the years. Although my appetite is not what it was, I still love to indulge….Have a lovely Christmas. Cheers!
Thank you for this lovely note. After I looked at your block I knew I had to get to know you better. And now I know that is true. Here is to 2022 and continuing to explore new friends.
My dad loves trifle, Darlene. I think I might make this for him for Christmas Eve.
That just might make a nice treat for him. I made it for my dad the last Christmas he was with us, and he asked for a second helping. A nice memory for me.
It’s always a gift of love and the best gift when it is home made. I’m sure your father will be delighted.
This reminds me of my mum’s great trifle. Always loved it! Great recipe and background story Darlene x
Thanks, Marje! I’m sure yoru mom’s trifle was delicious.
Yes shes an amazing cook! I alwats wonderes if hubby married me influenced by my mum’s cooking. Lol
Too funny Marje. I always thought my husband married me for my lasagna.
Lol, Bernadette these men! I do love a plate of lasagne too.
I’ve never had trifle. Sounds delicious. And the story about the recipe for a husband is sweet. Like dessert.
Thanks so much Diane. the story is so funny.
This sounds yummy, Darlene!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment Christa.
I’ve never heard of a sherry trifle. I’m not a spring chicken, and look at what I’ve missed all these years! Yummy, yummy, Darlene. Luckily you made a good choice of husband while getting the recipe. 🙂
Yes, it all worked out well. 44 years later we are still sharing trifle at Christmas.
And that’s no trifling matter!
That sounds so perfect for Christmas!
Thanks so much. About to make it again in a few days!
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Ha ha. I love that story. Of course, you married for the recipe, Darlene. And what a wonderful Christmas tradition. Thanks for sharing, Bernadette. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you both!
Thanks, Diana! Glad you enjoyed my story. Have a fabulous Christmas. xo