Summer is not complete without the perfect strawberry trifle. Although this trifle cheats a little in its preparation, layer upon layer of total deliciousness will keep family and friends coming back for more long after they are full. This trifle is at its best when using fresh, sun-warmed local strawberries from May through August. Add quince jelly to the trifle both as a layer above the sponge and whisked into the cream for an extra wow factor.
Madeira cake also works well in place of, or in addition to, the trifle sponge.
When dipping and turning the sponge, you should work fast as you want to get the balance right between enough liquid to soften the sponge, but not too much to make it sodden and sitting in a puddle in the bottom of the trifle bowl.
Pay attention to your layering as you want the trifle to look as impressive as it tastes. When adding each layer, check the appearance from the outside of the bowl to ensure that the layers are neat and tidy.