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Fruity Christmas Trifle

Christmas is just not Christmas without trifle for dessert and for many of us in South Africa, it is the only time of the year we get to enjoy this delicious treat. This is the very basic, most traditional way of making trifle.


  •  80g raspberry jelly
  • 80g greengage jelly
  • 1 large jam swissroll
  •  50ml medium cream sherry, or more to taste
  • 100g flaked almonds
  • 410g sliced peaches or canned fruit
  • 500ml vanilla custard, cooled
  • 150ml whipped cream to decorate


  1.  In two seperate bowls, prepare the jelly according to the directions on the package and refrigerate until set.
  2. Cut the swiss roll into slices and arrange a layer at the bottom of a large glass dish.
  3. Sprinkle the swiss roll with half of the sherry.
  4. Using a fork, break the set jelly into chunks.
  5. Layer the trifle alternately with the sliced peaches or canned fruit, greengage jelly, custard and almonds. Repeat the sequence starting with the swiss roll slices.
  6. Decorate the trifle with the red jelly, piped cream and flaked almonds.
  7. Refrigerate and serve once well chilled.

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