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The best trifle in the world ever?

The best trifle in the world ever?

Some days are busy days. Some days are lazy days. But in my book at least, everyday can (and quite frankly should) be a trifle day.

There’s something so comforting about the boozy, oozy yumminess of a trifle that brings back my childhood in every spoonful. So it was fortuitous that the Mother in law came to lunch on Sunday and I could try out a new recipe with this box of goodies that Hartley’s kindly gifted us.

Hartleys goodies

We started off with the husband’s slow roasted pulled pork and the most amazing crackling and roasted vegetables – just delicious!


Pulled pork

Roasted vegetables

Then it was time for desert. Now anyone who is a fan of trifle will tell you that THEIR recipe, handed down over generations no doubt, is absolutely the best in the world. In fact when I canvassed opinions on Facebook there was much debate about traditional vs modern, alcohol vs no alcohol. Personally a trifle just isn’t a trifle without a drop or two of the good stuff and that’s where this recipe starts.

Boozy Black Cherry Trifle with Hartleys Jelly

  • 500g berries and their juice
  • 2 tbsp sweet sherry
  • Half a jar of Hartley’s Best Raspberry Jam
  • Trifle sponges
  • Hartley’s Black Cherry Jelly
  • Custard
  • Double cream (or Elmlea Double for a lower fat option)
  • Glace Cherries, grated dark chocolate and chocolate shapes for decoration


#1 Place the berries in a large bowl and add the sherry. Stir well and leave to steep.


#2 Make up the Hartley’s jelly according to the packet and leave to set in the fridge.

Hartleys Black Cherry Jelly

#3 Take a large trifle dish or enough smaller bowls for your guests and put the trifle sponges in a layer at the bottom. I cut mine into shapes to fit.

Trifle sponges in bowl

#4 Pour the fruit, juice and sherry mixture over the sponges and let the liquid soak in.

#5 Heat the jam in a saucepan on a medium heat for 5-8 minutes until it makes a syrup mixture. Leave to cool for a few moments before pouring over the sponge and fruit.

Heating up jam

Jam on berries

#6 When jelly is set and jam has cooled add the jelly to the bowl and then pour over the custard.

Adding the custardA

#7 Whip the cream (I used Elmlea) and spread in an even layer over the custard.

#8 Decorate with grated chocolate, glace cherries and chocolate shapes.

Chocolate for grating

Grated chocolate

Glace cherries

Chocolate hearts

Trifle top design

Jolly Jelly Trifle

Was this the best trifle in the world ever? No, I don’t think so, it was a little too sloppy because I didn’t leave the jelly to set long enough. My bad. But the black cherry jelly is delicious and worked so well with the berries and sherry giving it a really Christmassy taste.

And you know what? If it never won a trifle competition it wouldn’t matter. Because this was the outcome. Nuff said.

Empty glass

Disclaimer: Hartleys gifted us a box of baking goodies including Hartleys Black Cherry Jelly and Raspberry Jam in return for this post about the trifle we designed with the ingredients. 

Linking up with Tasty Tuesdays at Honest MumFestive Food Friday at Taming TwinsTried and Tested at Family Fever and Foodie Friday at Romanian Mum

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  1. This is another one I’m bookmarking! My parents (especially my dad) will love this..I need to stop reading your blogs as I am hungry now…want trifle….
    PistachioHoney recently posted…Cinnamon & Cardamom Marble Cake

    • Glad you’ve found some recipes you want to try! It really is a yummy one too xx

    • It really was scrummy – I’m a custard lover through and through but give it a go!

    • Oh belated Happy Christmas and Happy New Year Julie! It really is a lovely recipe x

    • He he – it’s a date! I’m so glad I discovered Black cherry jelly, it’s so yum but I’m totally with you on black cherry pie filling – I’ll quite happily forgo the pie for the filling! Thanks for commenting x

    • Thank you so much, I do love taking photos… and eating trifle! :)

  2. Right what time can I come over for dinner! I need that trifle in my life! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  3. I have a confession. Please don’t hate me. (Whispers..) I don’t like trifle. But the berry and cherry flavours in this one actually make me want to have a go (plus the sherry obviously). It looks so pretty too 😉 Thanks for linking to #festivefoodfriday and converting me!
    Sarah recently posted…Spiced Cider Baked Ham & Festive Food Friday #4

    • WHAT??!! *unfriends* *unfollows*

      He he, seriously though, trifle is not for everyone of course! Perhaps just have the sherry instead…? :)

  4. That looks delicious!!! My hubby makes a trifle every Christmas and it’s super tasty, think my inlaws are looking forward to that more than the turkey this year when they visit haha! xx

    • My brother in law always makes a trifle at Christmas too and it’s a family tradition! I might give him a run for his money this year though… :)

    • He he… doesn’t take long to make Joanna… 😉

    • It was lots of fun and great to step out of my comfort zone and add the jelly – a real find! *makes note to let it set for longer next time*

  5. Good lord, that trifle looks so good! I’m a big trifle fan, although I’ve actually never made one from scratch, and I think this Christmas might be the time to give it a go as we’re on pudding duty as my in-laws are doing the actual dinner this Christmas day!
    Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper recently posted…A Recipe! Extremely More-ish Sausage Rolls!

    • It really is super easy and well worth a go. My Mother never uses jelly but I’m all about experimenting and the black cherry taste goes so well with the sherry!

    • Thanks Louise – it was! *licks lips*

    • It really was, although I should have left the jelly a little longer to set… just couldn’t wait to taste it! #mybad

    • I will eat trifle all year round, given half the chance, but like you I think there is something particularly nice about a Christmas trifle!



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