Sunday, February 07, 2010


It's a sin not to eat trifle, at least once a year. I haven't made trifle for at least a couple of years, but to compensate I have made an Amaretto, berry, meringue and cream trifle, it was certainly worth the wait. The trifle was made with frozen berries, but I will definitely be making this again with fresh summer berries.

Meringues - just a few to break up. I used two large egg whites and 110g golden caster sugar, the recipe is here on Delia's website.
500g mixed berries - if using frozen, thaw in a sieve over a bowl to remove the excess juice.
4 tablespoons of Amaretto
250g Madeira cake - I made mine but again it is perfectly fine to buy some, don't be tempted to use trifle sponges though because you don't want soggy cake and trifle sponges will go soggy!
500ml fresh custard
300ml whipping cream, softly whipped

1. Place the thawed berries in a bowl and pour over the Amaretto, leave to marinate for 15 minutes.
2. Cut the Madeira cake into cubes and place in a large, deep serving bowl. Top with two-thirds of the fruit, and pour over the custard.
3. Pop into the fridge to firm up for a couple of hours then remove.
4. Spoon a layer of cream on top of the custard, arrange broken pieces of meringue on top of the cream and then place clouds of whipped cream around the meringue pieces.
5. Top with the rest of the berries.
6. Decorate with Valentine hearts.


Lucie said...

Delicious Margaret, nothing like a good trifle, this looks a wonderful recipe.

Beth said...

where did you get those silver hearts? Trifle salways welcome in my house - I don't make it very ften though

Kath said...

What a gorgeous looking trifle, if that doesn't win the heart of a Valentine nothing will.

The Caked Crusader said...

This is gorgeous - I need to make a trifle!!!

Margaret said...

Beth - Sainsburys.
CC - you must, and then you can use your new trifle bowl.
Kath - it is the best trifle ever.
Lucie - this recipe is a winner.

Jan said...

That's a lovely looking trifle Maggie!

Juliana said...

Margaret, what a nice dessert for Valentine's elegant. Love the presentation!

Janice said...

I just adore Amaretto, would be extra good if you substituted the mergingues for Amaretti biscuits, what do you think? :)

Margaret said...

Janice - I can see you have made the connection with Amaretto and Amaretti biscuits and indeed the meringues could be substituted with these. For me, there is nothing quite like sinking your teeth into meringues which have been made with golden caster sugar. Also, using meringues is a twist on the usual trifle recipe.

LexEat! said...

that looks good enough to dive into! Could you make a bath tub size serving please?!

Dee said...

I love trifle and yours looks beautiful (I love the little silver decorations) but they're so time consuming, and nobody will make me some. Hint, hint ;)

Happy Valentine's Day, Margaret.

wine blog said...

Wow! looks super delicious. Thanks for the recipe too, I'll have to try it out.

Sophie said...

A georgous & ooh so festive trifle, Margaret!!!

MMMMMMMMMMM,...a real beauty!

Gloria said...

This look awesome dear Margaret and yummy, Margaret I have some awards for you when you have time stopping at my blog, huggs Gloria

Maria♥ said...

Wow this trifle looks so gorgeous!

You have an award waiting for you at my blog.


Gloria said...

Margaret remember I have two awards for you dear, huggs! gloria

Nicisme said...

One of my favourite desserts, and yours is gorgeous!