• Summer sherry trifle

    by  • 28/07/2016 • Country food • 0 Comments

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    For summer parties or big family meals, go retro with this thoroughly British summer trifle. This fruity classic not only looks amazing but tastes sensational and will keep guests coming back for more.

    Serves 12 to 16

    185 g (6½ oz) trifle sponge fingers
    3 tbsp raspberry jam
    3 tbsp sweet sherry
    300 g (10 oz) raspberries
    25 g (1 oz) gelatine leaves
    1 litre (1 ¾pt) cranberry juice for the custard
    1 x 284 ml pot double cream
    3 large, free-range egg yolks
    25 g (1 oz) caster sugar
    1 dsp cornflour

    For the topping

    600 ml (1 pt) double cream
    3 tbsp sweet sherry
    3 tbsp icing sugar, plus extra to dust berries, to top

    You will need
    4-litre (7 pt) trifle dish

    1 To make the base, place the sponge fingers in the base of the trifle dish, mix the raspberry jam with the sherry, warm slightly in the microwave and pour over the fingers. Scatter the raspberries on top.

    2 To make the jelly, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water until soft, wring the water out, then heat the leaves very gently until just melted (don’t allow to steam or bubble), stir into the cranberry juice and pour over the raspberries. Place in the fridge to set for a couple of hours.

    3 To make the custard, heat the cream to steaming, then pour it over the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour, stir until smooth, then return to a clean pan, place back on the heat and stir constantly until thick – it should be steaming but not bubbling. Let the custard cool completely, then pour over the set jelly.

    4 To top, whip the cream with the sherry and icing sugar until you have soft peaks, then smooth over the top of the set custard. Add the berries and dust with icing sugar. It will sit undecorated in the fridge overnight, just add the berries and sugar before serving.

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