If you're British you've probably eaten a few trifles in your life. I'm pretty old and I like trifle and I can assure you that trifles these days are nothing like those from my childhood and earlier years. A traditional British trifle started with a layer of trifle sponges or Madeira cake, soaked in sherry (optional), layered with tinned fruit cocktail, covered with a layer of jelly - usually made with the juice from the fruit cocktail, followed by a layer of thick custard, topped with a layer of either cream or something called Dream Topping. There was the ubiquitous finish of sprinkles (hundreds and thousands) which after a day sent the cream topping all sorts of lurid colors as the dyes leached. Sounds delightful doesn't it? Trust me - generations grew up on this. Today though, trifles are delicious concoctions and the term has come to refer to any desert that consists of layers of sponge/cake, fruit and cream/custard. Like these droolworthy recipes:
1. Death by Chocolate Trifle
Brownies, chunks of chocolate and Reece's peanut butter cups - this shows how trifles have moved on to be more than fruit, sponge and custard.
2. Quick and Easy Trifle
Make this from layers of angel food cake, vanilla pudding, Cool Whip and lots of yummy fresh fruit.
3. Nutella Cheesecake Trifles
No-one said trifles have to be in huge bowls and multiple servings.
5. Irish Creme Chocolate Trifle
Make use of that bottle of Bailey's you've got in the pantry.
6. Strawberries and Cream Trifle
Strawberries. Cream. And the addition of cake. What's not to love?
7. Patriotic Trifle
Whip up a batch of red velvet cake and blue velvet cake and you're good to go.
8. Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles
Serve these on Thanksgiving instead of pie.
9. Mint Brownie and Oreo Hot Fudge Trifle
So easy to make and so delicious to eat.
10. Blueberry Muffin Trifle
Via Blueberry Trifle
The color of trifle doesn't always have to be bold and brash. This combination shouts elegance. (something I never thought I'd say about a trifle)
11. Summer Berry Trifle -
Great for the 4th of July if you can't be bothered with making cake for number 7.
12. Old English Trifle
Now that's a trifle I recognize!
13. Black Forest Trifle
The classic combination of cherries, chocolate and cream,
BUT this only has 102 calories per serving.
14. Tiramisu Trifle
The classic Italian dessert served as a trifle shows off all those scrummy layers.
15. Eggnog Trifle
Via Eggnog Trifle
Too delicious to only eat this treat once a year.
16. Cranberry-White Chocolate Trifle
Great idea for Christmas.
17. Blueberry Trifles with Mascarpone Whip
Trifles are ideal desserts for the current trend for food in jars.
18. Raspberry Lemon Trifles
Not really a trifle but pretty and delicious all the same.
19. Caramel Chocolate Trifle
Oh my. My spoon is trembling in anticipation.
20. Caramel Apple Trifle
Move over apple pie. Apple trifle is here.
21. Gingerbread Trifle
I think pears would work really well in this dish.
22. Cherry Angel Trifle
Cherries. Angel Food Cake. what's not to love?
23. Layered Mudslide and Brownie Trifle with Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream
This would seriously impress the chocolate and coffee lovers in your life.
24. Mini Banana Pudding Trifles
Are you ready to dive in? It counts as one of your 5-a-day ^_^
25. Pina Colada Trifle
Ooohhh trifle goes tropical.
26. Turtle Cheesecake Trifle
Caramel. Chocolate. Pecans. Oh my! Caramel. Chocolate. Pecans. Oh my!
27. Pineapple Orange Trifle
Great dessert for a summer barbeque
28. Chocolate-Banana Cream Trifle
If you love bananas, you'll love this.
29. Coconut Tres Leches Cake Trifle
One of the most delicious and decadent tasting trifles you'll
30. Christmas Trifle
Via Christmas Trifle Recipe - Frugal ...
Simply scrumptious for the holidays.
31. Red Velvet Trifle
Serve this on Valentine's Day maybe?
32. Snickers Trifle
Now you've got an excuse to buy hat big bag of mini Snickers.
33. Six-Fruit Trifle
Via Six-Fruit Trifle
Pack in all your favorite fruits.
34. Cappuccino Mousse Trifle
Tastes as good as it looks.
35. Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle
Make it in a flash if you use fruit pie filling. Raspberry or cherry is just as good.
36. Christmas Trifle Recipe
Via Christmas Trifle
Alternative to the minty candy canes of number 30.
37. English Sherry Trifle
And of course, I have to finish with the classic - the trifle I grew up on.
Do you think you could make some delicious trifles now? What ingredients would you combine?