Family Recipe Day Part 3 – Learn to make English Trifle, Plus Bonus Recipe: Nana’s Mint Sauce.

This is the third and last Post for the Family Recipe day! How to make English Trifle. (Don’t Trifle With Me.) It’s a marvelously simple recipe.

English Trifle Recipe From Simon

I have tried many variations of this, some do use alcohol and some use jelly (jello) crystals. Personally I prefer my version of the classic trifle. You can also make it from scratch (or in the US, substitute angel food cake for sponge).

First, make a sponge cake:

3 Egg Whites                                                                               50 g (2 ozs.) Flour

1/8 teaspoon of Salt                                                             1 teaspoon Baking Powder

125 g (4 ozs.) Sugar                                                        25 g (1 oz.) Cornflour (aka Corn starch)

Beat eggs a little with the salt. Add sugar and beat until thick. Fold in sifted flour, cornflour, and baking powder. Bake 15-20 minutes in greased and floured sandwich tin 203 mm (8 inch) at 190oC (375oF).

(Alternatively buy 1.5 angel cake and use that). After the sponge is cooled cut or break it into pieces and spread jam on each piece as you put it into the serving bowl. Add whatever fruit you desire (fresh or canned sliced peaches work well). Marinate the sponge and fruit with a mix of the syrup from the canned peaches and ginger ale. Let sit.

Custard (I always use Birds Custard powder. Often I have to double this recipe to have enough custard.

35 g (2 tablespoons) Birds Custard Powder

15-35 g(1-2 tablespoons) Sugar

568 ml (1 pint) Milk

Put custard powder and sugar into a pot. Use a little of the milk (e.g., 2 tablespoons) to mix this into a smooth paste. I then gradually add more milk while heating the mixture to near boiling. (It’s really important to stir the bottom constantly to avoid it burning). Remove from heat.

Drain the serving bowl of the liquid used to soak the sponge and fruit. Then pore the custard mixture over the sponge. Make sure the custard entirely covers the sponge and fruit. Place bowl in fridge to cool the mixture. Once cold there should be a “skin” over the entire mixture. Whip 1-2 pints cream to decorate the trifle and serve.


Nana’s Mint Sauce for Leg of Lamb

12 Mint leaves

1 tablespoon SugarP1090313

1 tablespoon Vinegar

1 cup of Hot Water

Chop up mints leaves finely. Put vinegar and sugar into serving pitcher. Pour in the boiling water. Stir. Finally add in the mint leaves. Prepare a meal of Roast Leg of Lamb with the trimmings.


Chris helped Nana/Yvonne with the chopping and she put the mint sauce together for the Leg of Lamb Dinner that Chris learned how to make for Nana’s 90th Birthday celebration that evening! Thanks to Simon, Nana, our excellent teachers, Chris the very diligent student, and with Bill as the supervisor, it was a fun and wonderfully happy day.


Nana Gets her Trifle 90th Birthday Cake

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen!

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I am bringing these recipes for English Trifle and Nana’s mint sauce to Fiesta Friday# 185! Today’s cohosts this week are Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen and Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes

About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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6 Responses to Family Recipe Day Part 3 – Learn to make English Trifle, Plus Bonus Recipe: Nana’s Mint Sauce.

  1. What a great idea for an alternative to a traditional birthday cake. Happy Birthday, Nana!

  2. Jhuls says:

    Happy birthday to your Nana and thanks for letting us celebrate with you. Happy Fiesta Friday – the trifle looks absolutely delicious!

  3. Happy 90th birthday to your Nana. Such a beautiful trifle, one of my favorites!! The mint sauce also sounds wonderful and so simple.

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