Raspberry & rum trifle

from our ‘Meet The Expert’ Rosemary Shrager

Serves 4


  • 4 tablespoons rum
  • 200ml double cream
  • Toasted flaked almonds

For the sponge base:

  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 25g soft unsalted butter
  • 20g plain flour
  • 3 egg whites

For the jelly:

  • 6g gelatine leaves
  • 700g frozen raspberries
  • Icing sugar, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

For the custard:

  • 500ml double cream
  • 2 vanilla pods, split open lengthways
  • 10 egg yolks
  • 80g caster sugar


First make the sponge base. Put the ground almonds, caster sugar, whole egg and egg yolk, butter and flour in a large bowl and stir together. Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks. Using a metal spoon, fold 2 tablespoons of the whites into the almond mixture, then gently fold in the rest. Do not beat.

Pour the mixture on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and bake in the centre of an oven preheated to 180°C/Gas Mark 4 for 10 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside to cool on the parchment.

Using a pastry cutter, stamp out circles of the sponge and use to line the bottom of 4 large wineglasses. Drizzle a tablespoon of rum over each one and leave to soak in.

To make the jelly, soak the gelatine in cold water for 15 minutes, then squeeze dry. Meanwhile, set aside a dozen of the best-looking raspberries. Rub the remainder through a sieve to make a thick juice. Sift in enough icing sugar to sweeten. Put the squeezed gelatine in a bowl with the boiling water. Stir to dissolve, then add to the raspberry juice. Mix well and pour evenly over each glass of sponge. Place in the fridge to set.

To make the custard, put the cream and the seeds scraped from the vanilla pods in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Put the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Whisk in the hot cream, then return the mixture to the saucepan, bring to the boil and stir until it thickens. Cover with cling film, placing it directly on top of the custard to prevent a skin forming, and set aside to cool.

Pour a thick layer of the custard into each trifle glass. Whip the 200ml cream until stiff, then pipe or spoon some into each glass. Decorate with the reserved raspberries and the flaked almonds.

Recipe and image courtesy of Rosemary Shrager from Rosemary Shrager’s Bake’s, Cakes & Puddings
With thanks to Rosemary Shrager and the Rosemary Shrager Cookery School
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