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Old English Trifle

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Ain’t it a beauty? Don’t you just hate to wanna stick that serving spoon into it 😉  This is probably the best loved of English cold puddings , the trifle has a long and distinguished history, related to the Tipsy Cake.

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I use home baked Jam Swiss Roll but you can also use Ladyfinger Sponge/Italian Sponge Fingers

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…slice Jam Swiss Roll into 1cm slices and line base and sides of a large glass serving bowl …I love to use a clear, see through glass bowl to show off the lovely spirals of the sponge … looks like a Charlotte Pudding/Cake in the making ya 😉

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Sprinkle about ¼ cup of sherry allover the Jam Swiss Roll  … in the background, you can see bowl of strawberry jelly that has just begun to set …

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….pour partly set jelly over sponge tools, refrigerate until jelly is set …

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Meanwhile, make your custard … you can make from scratch or like me, make it by blending custard powder and sugar with a little of the milk in a pan ….

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…stir in remaining milk ….

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…stir over heat until custard boils … keep stiring …

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…stir until custard thickens …remove from heat, stir in essence …

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…cover with cling film and leave aside to cool

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Now, start to assemble the layers of your trifle … layer peaches over jelly …

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…seen here, in between the peach layers, I added mixed fruits and also mandarin oranges as well because I’m making a super-size glass bowl of it …

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…now, pour in the custard …

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…top with whipped cream, refrigerate and then just before serving up, decorate with grated chocolate or chocolate rice and fresh fruits/strawberries

RECIPE

Ingredients:

100g packet strawberry jelly crystals

300g jam sponge roll

¼ cup sherry

425g can sliced peaches, drained

300ml carton thickened cream, whipped

for the Custard :

2 Tbsp custard powder

2 Tbsp castor sugar

2 cups milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

Methods:

  • Make jelly according to directions on packet, refrigerate until jelly is just beginning to set
  • Cut sponge roll into 1cm slices, place over base and around side of large glass serving bowl, sprinkle with sherry
  • Pour partly set jelly over sponge roll, refrigerate until jelly is set
  • Meanwhile, make the custard by blending custard powder and sugar with a little of the milk in a pan then stir in remaining milk … stir over heat until custard boils and thickens … remove from heat, stir in essence then cover with cling film … set aside for it to cool
  • Place peaches over jelly (+ any other fruits you may be adding on), spread evenly with custard and top with whipped cream …refrigerate
  • Just before serving up, decorate by grating some chocolate allover the cream top and  with fresh fruits, e.g. strawberries, if desired
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Jam Swiss Roll

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I made these Jam Swiss Rolls because we are hosting a dinner party and I was gonna make an Old English Trifle for the dessert … I made 2 portions because I needed enough to line a big glass pudding mould … I must admit I was sooooo tempted to start stuffing me face with these rolls when it was done … extremely tempting 😉

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Preheat oven to 200°C … grease and line base & sides of a 26cm x 32cm Swiss Roll pan with paper and grease paper … set aside

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You will need 3 eggs, separated  … ½ cup castor sugar; ¾ cup  triple sifted self-raising flour; 2 Tbsp hot milk and ½ cup jam, warmed … you will need extra castor sugar when rolling up the Swiss Roll

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Beat egg whites in a small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form ….

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…gradually add sugar to beaten egg-white, beating until dissolved between additions …then add yolks 1 at a time, beating well until thick and light …

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…fold in the triple sifted flour and milk … pour mixture into prepared pan ….

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…spread batter out evenly in the pan … brake in hot oven (200°C) about 8 minutes

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Meanwhile, place a sheet of paper same size as sponge on bench, sprinkle lightly with some extra castor sugar

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When sponge is done, turn immediately onto paper, quickly peel away lining paper …cut off crisp edge from long sides …

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…spread sponge evenly with jam …

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…commence rolling sponge up fro short side with help of paper …

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…lift rolled sponge onto wire rack to cool …

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Voila! easy-peasy quick to make Jam Swiss Roll ready to be enjoyed 🙂  … ideal for puddings like English Trifle and  Charlotte Pudding or Cake