Fruit Trifle – A spin on the popular Christmas dessert
Trifle is one of those desserts that comes out once a year at Christmas. Mum used to make it using sponge cake, the secret ingredient (I’ll keep the suspense up for a bit longer), custard, tinned fruit salad and cream. You can probably spot one key ingredient missing, jelly. I had no idea jelly was even in trifle until I was much older and I wasn’t a huge fan. I guess I was used to the version I had growing up. Mum’s trifle did taste good but it was quite soggy so last year when I decided to make one I took elements of mum’s and some ideas of my own and ta da! I give you my version of a fruit trifle.
Now i’ll tell you the secret ingredient since you’ve been so patient. It’s red creaming soda! Now I did do a quick google search to see if I could find other people doing this but I didn’t come across anything, plus whenever I’ve made it for family and friends they’re surprised, so I’m going to assume this isn’t very popular. Adding red creaming soda adds a lovely sweet raspberry flavour that is really the hero (thank you masterchef) of the dish.
Initially people are a little sceptical about a trifle without jelly, and with red creaming soda but once they try it, it usually goes very quickly. Whenever I make it I get very nice compliments so why not try a different kind of trifle this Christmas?