“Winter Wonderland” – My Grandmother’s Delicious English Trifle

By Jackie DeKnock  ,   

December 1, 2015

I thought I'd share my favourite Christmas dessert recipe with you – my grandmother's English Trifle. As part of our holiday season tradition, we always had many traditional desserts at our festive home. The Christmas Cake that my mother would painstakingly bake and cover in brown paper bags months in advance, the Mincemeat Tarts and then of course the Plum Pudding with Custard. But...my all time favourite was always...and still is, my mom's delicious English Trifle following my grandmother’s family recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, this is a taste of Christmas comfort & joy to me.

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  • Yields: Serves 2 (with leftovers for you!)


1 sponge or pound cake, cubed

¼ - ½ cups Spanish Sherry

1 package Strawberry Flavoured Jello

1 cup strawberries (fresh if available in season or frozen)

3 tablespoons Bird's Eye custard powder (my mother's favourite brand)

1 cup whipped cream, 35%

Slivered Almonds


Line the bottom of a glass serving bowl with cubed cake and sprinkle the cake with the Sherry (or your favourite liqueur). Slice the strawberries (or defrost…I know it’s winter) and pour the fruit over the cake cubes, stir slightly. Make the Jello, incorporate any juice left over from the fruit. Allow the Jello to partially set and then pour over the cake and berries. Mix the custard sauce as per the instructions on the container and pour custard over the Jello/cake mixture. Place into your refrigerator to set. Mix whipped cream and pour over top of custard. Top with toasted slivered almonds (my Mom would typically decorate with coloured sprinkles).

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