A party favourite for grown-ups
This was the first improvised recipe I ever tried out, starting out with something simple, when making the jump from just experimenting with cocktails. The first time I made it, for a friend’s party, I had my friends coming back for seconds, with one friend requesting that I make it when she eventually get married. I’m gonna need a bigger bowl….! I have since made it again for friends and family on request. It goes without saying that as this trifle contains vodka, keep it away from little ones! Also, despite the fact that I use two types of vodka here, it is not used to be overpowering – more as an extra flavour, something to give it a more adult appeal. A trifle is really easy to make, but I have nonetheless still described each stage.
I couldn’t resist using silver pearls (dragees) as a topping – as a child, I was confused by the concept of a decoration that resembled metal, yet was edible. To add to the appeal, they also featured during one episode of Doctor Who, where the Doctor refered to them as “edible ball bearings” – a phrase I’ve continued to use!
For this recipe, you’ll need:
Around 210g of seedless grapes (amount can be adapted to suit preference), washed
1 Blackcurrant Jelly
12 sponge fingers
A 1kg carton of custard (or equivalent homemade if prefered)
A pack of Banana-flavoured angel delight/instant whip
Silver pearls (cake topping)/Dragees AKA the “edible ball bearings”
Optional – any further toppings you wish to use
Make up the jelly mix as stated on the packet, and pour into a large dish/container. Add the grapes to the jelly, enough to appear evenly spread (though there will be some shifting when setting), also taking care not to add too many as this will prevent/delay it setting properly. Add one or two shots’ worth of peach vodka, and then place in the fridge, to set overnight.
For the next layer, place some of the sponge fingers on a plate or dish, then carefully pour a tiny amount of vanilla vodka around the fingers, so that they soak up the vodka – tilting the plate around a little will help with this, and you only need a small amount to do this, not too much to be overpowering. Place the fingers on top of the jelly, and if desired, drip any remaining vodka on top, as pictured.
Then gradually pour the custard over the sponge fingers, taking care to ensure it is poured evenly and no air bubbles remain, also making sure that any sponge fingers don’t float up. At this point, you may wish to add anything extra into the custard, choc chips/strands etc. Then place back in the fridge for the time being.
Prepare the instant whip/angel delight mix as normal – I prefer to add more milk than the 300ml stated on the pack, to ensure it spreads evenly. Spoon the topping onto the trifle, spreading evenly with no gaps.
Then sprinkle the pearls on top, and any further toppings you wish, like the more traditional hundreds and thousands. Done!
At my friend’s housewarming party, before seconds were requested.
Had to share this one – by this time, we’d run out of bowls, so used glasses instead.
I hope you find this recipe appealing, and get as much satisfaction from it as myself, my friends and family did!