~scottish trifle~

After the traditional Burn’s Night meal of Haggis, neeps and tatties, this Scottish trifle always goes down well!

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There are many different trifle recipes but this is the easiest and one of my favourites. It uses freshly made custard and if possible, homemade raspberry jam. It doesn’t include jelly or chocolate as others do.

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Ingredients – serves 6-8

8 egg yolks

110g caster sugar

35g plain flour

450ml milk

1 vanilla pod, split lengthways and seeds scraped.

about 9 sponge fingers (depending on the size of your bowl)

about 3tbsp raspberry jam

4tbsps liquid – orange juice or sherry

285ml thick cream

toasted almonds to decorate

optional – 1 or 2 bananas or some apricots

How to: For a simpler recipe use ready prepared custard and skip this first step! Otherwise first make the custard – whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and pale. Stir in the flour. Boil the milk, remove from the heat and add the vanilla seeds. Leave for about 15 mins. Remove the seeds and add the milk to the egg mixture stirring as you pour. Return the egg/milk mixture to a clean pan and whisk over a gentle heat until boiling. Keep whisking to get rid of any lumps. Once smooth, keep whisking for a minute or 2 until the custard thickens. Remove from the heat, cover with cling film (to stop a skin forming) and leave to cool.

Cut the sponge fingers in half and spread one side of each half with jam – be generous! Place the sponges on the base and round the outside of your serving bowl. Pour over the liquid and tilt the bowl so all the sponges get thoroughly soaked. If using banana, slice as much banana as you like into small rounds, then place on top of the sponges. (Likewise if using apricots, place the apricot halves on the sponges). Pour the cooled custard on top. Then whip the cream (and sweeten if necessary) until thick. Spoon the cream onto the custard in a thick layer. Finally decorate with a sprinkling of almonds which have been toasted in a frying pan until golden brown. Chill until ready to eat.

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Trifle is great the following day too when the sponge is deliciously soft and juicy!

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10 responses to “~scottish trifle~

  1. Looks delish! But I think apricots are my favourite fruit in a trifle, though the one we were served on Burns’ Night was made with whisky and strawberries and that was good too.

    • It was lovely, forgot about how good apricots are – maybe next time. Don’t think I’ve ever had a strawberry trifle… and well whisky I couldn’t say if that’d be nice or not!

      • I agree that apricots are my favourite in this traditional family dish that I remember helping granny make every Christmas Eve. She was quite liberal in the use of sherry which is why it was always called Sherry Trifle. jelly and chocolate are definitely to be avoided.

  2. Beautiful presented fabulous dessert. I just love everything you present in your blog, Candy! :P

  3. This looks mouth watering!!!

  4. That does look luscious– creamy and indulgent. thanks for the recipe!

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