Sherry trifle


  • 1 packet trifle sponge fingers, broken into 5cm/2in pieces
  • 150g/5oz amaretti biscuits or ratafias
  • 150ml/5fl oz sweet sherry
  • 1 tbsp cognac
  • 4 tbsp blackberry or raspberry jam
  • 450g/1 lb fresh blackberries
  • 450g/1 lb fresh raspberries
  • 85g/3oz toasted flaked almonds
  • 600ml/1 pint ready-made custard

For the syllabub topping

  • 125ml/4fl oz sherry
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 55g/2oz caster sugar
  • 425ml/15fl oz double cream
  • freshly grated nutmeg

To garnish

  • 2 oranges, grated zest only
  • 85g/3oz flaked almonds


  1. Lay the sponge pieces and biscuits in the base of a deep glass dish. Spoon over the sherry and cognac and leave to soak in for a few minutes.

  2. Warm the jam in a bowl in the microwave or in a saucepan until it is runny then pour over the soaked sponge and biscuits. Sprinkle the fruit and flaked almonds on top. Pour over the custard.

  3. To make the syllabub topping, place the sherry, brandy and lemon juice into a bowl and stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Pour in the cream with a pinch of nutmeg. Whisk until it holds its shape. Don’t over-whisk, or whisk too vigorously, as the cream may split. Spoon the syllabub over the trifle and refigerate, preferably overnight.

  4. Just before serving, scatter with the grated orange rind and/or flaked toasted almonds.

Sherry trifle

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