Instant trifle

    2 hours 30 min

    This is a cheats recipe for a rich trifle-style dessert! It's totally delicious. Sponge finger biscuits are layered with instant vanilla dessert, instant chocolate dessert, sweetened whipped cream and topped with cherries and almonds.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 1/2 (200g) jars maraschino flavour cocktail cherries
    • 3 tablespoons rum
    • 100g instant vanilla dessert mix, such as Angel Delight
    • 115g instant chocolate dessert mix, such as Angel Delight
    • 175g savoiardi (lady fingers) sponge biscuits
    • 475ml double cream
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 60g almonds, lightly toasted

    Prep:30min  ›  Extra time:2hr chilling  ›  Ready in:2hr30min 

    1. In a small bowl, drain cherry juice and add rum; set aside. Prepare vanilla and chocolate desserts in separate bowls, according to package directions. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
    2. In a 23x33cm or similar sized baking dish, place a layer of biscuits on the bottom of the dish; cut a few of the biscuits in order to create a tight fit, if needed.
    3. Sprinkle biscuit layer with 1/3 of the cherry juice mixture and spoon vanilla dessert over the biscuits, spreading to the edge of the dish. Repeat steps with biscuits, cherry juice and chocolate dessert. Make final layer with biscuits and remaining juice.
    4. In a medium bowl, whip cream and sugar together until soft peaks form. Top dessert with whipped cream, sprinkle with almonds and garnish with whole cherries. Refrigerate for 2 hours or more before serving.

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    Authentic Zuppa Inglese has no cherry juice. It is made with Alchermes, a liquor which can only be obtained in Italy. Our family has made Zuppa Inglese for almost 100 years, and the custard is made painstakingly from scratch. There are probably 100 different versions out there, depending upon which region of Italy your family came from, and yours sounds delicious.  -  15 Oct 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this for Christmas and WOW it was beautiful and delicious! I made no changes to the recipe and it is a "keeper". I can only imagine the real Italian version as the previous reviewer shared. Must be over the top, but you cannot go wrong serving this very simple to make and elegant dessert! Thanks for sharing it!  -  26 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a very similar texture to Tiramisu-but with a Spumoni flavor. I had a party and make this and everyone liked it. I couln't find ladyfinger cookies so I used the anisette sponges and it turned out fine. I did end up using more cherry juice and rum extract though. I was pleasantly surprised.  -  03 Apr 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)