Fresh strawberry trifle with quince jelly

    1 hour 30 min

    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.


    Hampshire, England, UK
    14 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 300ml double cream
    • 250g quince jelly
    • 200ml sherry
    • 200ml elderflower and apple juice
    • 2 (180g) packs trifle sponges
    • 900g fresh strawberries, sliced
    • 500g fresh vanilla custard
    • fresh strawberries, to decorate
    • 1 sprig fresh mint

    Prep:30min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. In a bowl, whisk the double cream together with 50g quince jelly until light and fluffy and set aside.
    2. In a small flat dish, combine the sherry and the elderflower and apple juice. Quickly dip and turn enough of the trifle sponges in the liquid to form the first single layer in the base of a large trifle bowl.
    3. Over the first layer of sponge, lay a third of the sliced strawberries. Add about a third of the whipped cream over the strawberries and spread neatly.
    4. Dip and turn a second batch of trifle sponges to form the second layer. Spread the quince jelly thickly over the top of this second sponge layer.
    5. Top this second layer with the remainder of the strawberries. Over the strawberries, pour the vanilla custard, followed by the remaining whipped cream.
    6. Decorate with whole strawberries and a sprig of mint. Chill in the fridge prior to serving.


    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.

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