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The Orange English Trifle.

It is compulsory for me to make an english trifle since I’m dating an Englishman. Besides, I LOVE trifle. It’s easy to make and it’s so decadent and delicious.

# – The Orange English Trifle.

I decided to make trifle the easy way, by using all store bought ingredients rather than making the ingredients from scratch. Reason? LAZINESS.

# – Some of the store bought ingredients :D

The beauty of this dish is that you can decide how thick each layer is. If you like more fruits, put in more fruits. For us, we had a massively thick custard hehehehe. So you can just use my recipe as a reference more than anything :)

For the sponge, fruit, jelly & cream layers:

  • 1 packet of instant orange jello, mine yielded 400ml of jelly
  • 6-8 pieces of lady’s fingers (the biscuit, not the vegetable)
  • A few tablespoons of Cointreau or any orange liquer
  • 300 ml of whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 can of mandarin oranges
  • For the custard layer:

  • 4 tablespoons of Bird’s custard powder
  • 2 tablespoons of caster sugar
  • 600 ml of milk
  • # – First, break the lady’s fingers and lay them on the bottom of a clear jelly bowl.

    # – Add a few dashes of Cointreau or as much as desired over the lady’s fingers until they are quite soaked.

    # – Now lay the mandarin oranges over the lady fingers.

    # – By now you should have cooked the orange jello according to instructions on the packet. Pour it over the mandarin oranges and lady’s fingers.

    # – It will now look like this. Stick it in the fridge to set (length of time refer to jelly setting instructions on the packet).

    # – Make the custard by first dissolving 4 tablespoons of custard + 2 tablespoons of sugar in a large bowl with 10 tablespoons of milk taken from the 600 ml of milk. Use your fingers to dissolve to make sure there’s no lumps. Then warm up the remainder of milk in a saucepan and pour it into the bowl with the dissolved custard while whisking the mixture constantly. Then, pour the mixture back into the same saucepan. On gentle heat, warm up the mixture again and stir until thickens. Allow to cool slightly then pour custard onto the set jelly.

    # – Stick it in the fridge for at least 3 hours or until custard has set.

    # – When the custard has set, whip up the cream and pipe it onto the surface of the custard if you like it like that. Otherwise, feel free to just spoon it over.

    # – The Orange English Trifle, DONE!

    # – Absolutely delightful with a variety of textures that come together so harmoniously.

    Orange jelly, Cointreau soaked sponges, tart mandarin oranges and creamy, smooth custard AND cream. It’s awesome. True story.

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    10 Responses to The Orange English Trifle.

    1. Chee Ching August 31, 2011 at 12:51 am #

      Such a pretty dessert! :) And easy!

      • Kimberlycun August 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

        thanks :) it is easy to make, just need some patience for the layers to set.

    2. Claire August 31, 2011 at 1:35 am #

      I tend to soak the sponge fingers in sherry until they’re fairly drunk themselves! I have to say I’m not a huge fan – there’s something a bit wrong about cold custard, rest of my family would love it though!

      • Kimberlycun August 31, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

        you’re just like my boyfriend, he insisted i drown the sponges in liquer haha

    3. laineylashes August 31, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

      so hard not to drool!

    4. ShaolinTiger August 31, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

      Trifle – one of the best things in the WORLD! I used to force my mom to make it without the custard when I was a kid, but now I love it :D

    5. Ladyfingers September 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

      Jello part chilling in the fridge now. Recipe came at just the right time cos my bag of Bonomi ladyfingers are expiring. After a tiramisu & now trifle & there’s still about half a bag left. Would be great if you could suggest another recipe to use up the ladyfingers!Tx.

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