Friday, January 21, 2011

The Classic Trifle

Hooray! ...that we are having Australian Day next week! It is nice break from work and we are planning to fire up our Barbie to enjoy lots of sausages. *Clap*

Besides the Aussie BBQ, what are other Aussie iconic food to me? Vegemite! The Aeroplane jelly!

I have never heard or taste a trifle before I came to Australian 10 year ago. My Aussie friends said that Trifle is an all Australian festive treat. This one is quite Aussie because I created this one with the Aussie all time favorite, Aeroplane jelly...

I made this sponge cake specially for the trifle.
Here's the recipe from Australian Women weekly miniature cookbook, Cheesecake, Pavlovas and Trifles (with my modifications in blue).

85g packet jelly crystal (I use the 25% sugar reduced one)
250g sponge cake (I made my own sponge: please see below for the sponge recipe that I used)
2 tbsp jam (I use weight watcher apricot jam)
1/4 cup (60ml) sweet sherry  
(I didn't use alcohol so that kids can eat this, I use syrup from the can peaches)
1/4 cup (30g) custard powder
1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar (I reduce this to 50g)
1 1/2 cup (375ml) milk
825g can sliced peaches, drained (I use the no added sugar ones)
1 1/2 cup (375ml) thickened cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp flaked almonds, toasted ( I didn't use this)

1. Make Jelly accordingly to directions on packet; pour into shallow container. Cover and refrigerate for 20 min.
2. Split cake into half and sandwich the cake with jam (I didn't do that). Cut the cake into 3 cm pieces.
3. Arrange the cakes in 3.5L serving dish. (I arrange divide them equally into 8 individual serving glasses) Sprinkle with sherry or syrup.
4. Combine custard powder, sugar and 1 tbsp of milk in a small saucepan; Stir in remaining milk. Stir over heat until mixture boils and thickens. Cover surface with damp baking paper or cling wrap to prevent skin forming. Cool.
5. Pour the almost-set jelly over cake. Cover. Refrigerate 15 min or until jelly set. Arrange peaches over jelly.
6. Stir 125 ml cream and vanilla into custard; pour over peaches.
7. Whip remaining cream, spread over custard (I use the jam to top the cream to add some colour to the cream). Sprinkle with flaked almond (I didn't do that because I think I don't want the almond to be soggy after refrigeration). Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Here's the sponge cake recipe from Little Teochew blogspot

2 medium eggs
50g + 1 Tbsp sifted cake flour
50g caster sugar
1 tsp condensed milk
25g fresh milk
45g melted butter (unsalted) (I use canola oil)

1. Melt butter in milk, using microwave. Stir it. Leave aside to cool.
2. Put eggs, sugar and condensed milk into a mixing bowl. Beat everything on high until stiff and creamy (aka “ribbon stage”).
3. Fold in 1/2 of the flour, followed by melted butter/fresh milk, and finish adding the other 1/2 of the flour. Do not overfold.
4. Pour into a well greased or lined baking pan (I use 20 sq cake pan for a flat and shallow cake) and bake at 170°C for about 30 mins or until a test skewer comes out clean.
5. When done, remove the cake and leave it on wire rack to cool.

Happy Australian Day, Happy Baking and enjoy this delicious treat.
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  1. This looks amazing! I love peaches and it just looks so fresh and yummy!

  2. I wish I had a nice bowl of this with a cup of tea.

  3. Your peach trifle sounds like such a nice light dessert. I've never heard of aeroplane jelly though. What exactly is it?

  4. I like how you presented it! Looks so seducing. Oh man, I hope I still can fit in my coming new year dress. LOL! haha.... Thanks again for sharing such wonderful recipe. Hope you will have a great weekend.
    Cheers, Kristy

  5. Last year, there is an Australian pie place opened in Montreal. I really enjoy it and trifle was recently put in their menu.

    I will try making one myself. Thanks for sharing!

  6. gorgeous simply gorgeous can i have a serving please?

  7. looks so appetising, I like the color!

  8. this is my first time hearing of aeroplane jelly! would love to try that! :)

  9. What a scrumptious trifle with the peaches and sponge cake! I would love some for dessert right now!

  10. This looks delicious and hooray for the barbie for sure! WIsh I was there (=

  11. Hmm... first time hearing about the aeroplane jelly, it looks yummy! Your sponge cake looks perfect, it must be yummy going with the jelly.

  12. Damn tempting trifle..irresistible!

  13. I have never tried triffle before. Yours looks perfect. I wish it was summer here too. i got tired of winter!

  14. Looks gorgeous! Trifles are nice for all occasions. I wish I had some of Australia's heat!

  15. Aeroplane jelly? What a cute name! Is it a brand or just a 'nickname' for some special jelly? Love your trifle. Looks delightful. Would be lovely to have some in our hot weather right now!

  16. What a nice treat for Australia Day! Wish I was there to share! Have a fun day!


  17. I always love your presentations. They really make me want to eat:) This looks extremely refreshing!

  18. Zoe!! This look amazing Im hungry!!! lovely recipe, gloria, gloria

  19. I've read about Trifle but was never sure what it was. Looks better than it sounds. :)

  20. I really love trifle because the sky's the limit as to what you want to put into it! Yours looks fabulous! Happy Australian Day(early)!

  21. Aeroplane jelly is new to me too!!!

    I love the colours in your trifle - and also the fact that you managed to keep it low calorie!

  22. Its been a long time since i've had trifle and this one is making me go 'oh yes please'.

  23. oh I love how fresh and full of flavor this looks!

  24. I just love that ..looks amazingly delicious! Yum!
    I have little blog award at my blog...come when you find time!

  25. Never heard of aeroplane jelly, but the trifle looks delish!

  26. it would be so lovely to have this after meal dessert, the custard layer looks yummy to me!

  27. This sounds like the makings of a gorgeous dessert! I've never made a trifle before, and I've honestly always been a little intimidated by the idea of making my own pastry cream or custard. Perhaps one of these days I'll get up the courage!

  28. Owh my...what else can I say??? Am so drooling right now!!! :D

  29. Looks like a lovely dessert! Hope you have a fun time :)

  30. Love loev trifle and have not made it in years;thank you for reminding me of something I have to try again.