A Christmas trifle is a dessert using cake, custard, whipped cream and fruit. This dessert is layered and is usually made in a large glass dish. Trifles have been made and served for Christmas dinners for a long time now, with some of the earliest references to the trifle being in the late 1500’s.
The early Christmas trifle recipes were made using bread dipped or soaked in alcohol like whiskey, brandy or port wine and topped up with thick cream and milk, later on people started topping the bread with custard. During the mid 1700’s Jelly was added to the Christmas trifle recipe.
Nowadays most trifles are made from the basic ingredients that are sponge cake, fruit custard and jelly, while some trifles contain alcohol like wine, port wine or sherry, adding alcohol to a Christmas trifle is not a common practice. The alcohol is added to moisten the sponge cake and in the non alcohol variants of the Christmas trifles people prefer to add ginger ale.
Some of the popular Christmas trifles have the cake soaked in hot jelly, which sets and provides a great texture.
The Christmas trifle makes for a great Christmas dinner dessert as it has many colors and looks great when assembled in a trifle dish and decorated well. The trifle is also a great dessert and has great flavour and varied textures all in one. This great Christmas dessert is very popular with children and adults alike.
In this section we take a look at some of the most popular Christmas trifle recipes and learn how to make these traditional Christmas trifle recipes for Christmas dinner.
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