Contrary to popular belief, British cuisine is both varied and delicious. Much of what the British people eat nowadays is strongly influenced by overseas dishes and continental styles. Spices and other condiments are widely used to enrich traditional dishes and gone are the days when stodgy puddings and pies graced most dining tables. However, some desserts and cooked dishes are still cherished and appreciated by British tastebuds and here is the recipe for one of them.
Traditional English Trifle
You will need:
6 small sponge cakes
2 oz. ratafia biscuits
5 tablespoons of sherry or sherry and fruit juice
8 maraschino cherries
1 tablespoon of juice from the cherry bottle
For the custard:
1 oz. castor sugar
Half a pint of milk
For the topping:
Half a pint of double cream
Half an ounce of split almonds
Preparation time : 20 minutes
Cooking time : 10 minutes
Split the sponge cakes in half and sandwich them together with jam. Arrange in the base of a 2-pint serving dish and sprinkle the ratafia biscuits in between. Sprinkle the sherry, chopped cherries and maraschino juice over the sponge cakes.
Blend together egg yolks and sugar in a bowl. Warm the milk, then pour it on the egg mixture. Stir well, return the custard to the pan and cook over a low heat. Do not allow it to simmer or it will curdle. When it is thick enough to coat back over a wooden spoon, remove from the heat. Strain the custard over the sponge cakes and leave to set.
Just before serving, whip the cream with the egg whites until it forms soft peaks, then spread it over the trifle. Lightly toast the almonds under a grill and sprinkle on top.
And there is your delicious traditional English trifle ready to serve. Have a go at making it. It’s really quite easy. A little fattening, though. Of course it’s best to eat it chilled, so pop it in the fridge for half an hour and maybe you might begin to think differently about British food.
Happy English learning!!