Dad’s Sherry Trifle

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Dad’s Sherry Triffle

My Dad would always make a Sherry Trifle whenever there was an occasion. However, the one time of the year you could guarantee he would make it would be on Boxing Day. As a child I always remember the big glass bowl he would use to make the trifle. It would be a highlight of Christmas knowing this dessert was coming. I’d always be ready with my bowl and spoon for trifle.

At the bottom of bowl would be the sponge finger biscuits. I remember a friend from school once remarked that the sponge fingers looked like willies. These were my favourite part of the trifle. Dad would soak the biscuits in sherry and put the fruit on top while he made the jelly. Once the jelly was made, he would pour this over the sponge fingers and fruit. It would then be left in the fridge to set, before Dad would finally add the custard.

My Dad’s Sherry Trifle became part of our Christmas rituals and I used to love that he would make this every year. Even when I left home, if I visited on Boxing Day, Dad had always made a trifle for dessert. My recipe has been adapted slightly as I use a homemade biscotti for the base. Plus the jelly I use is pork gelatin and fruit juice and I have used my own homemade custard for the topping. Please feel free to use sponge fingers but personally I think both are equally as delicious.

Serves 8 – 10

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Dad’s Sherry Trifle


  • Large bowl
  • Two litre measuring jug
  • Stirring spoon


  • Biscotti
  • Sherry x 50 mls
  • Berries x 200g
  • Pork Gelatin x 4 sheets or as per the packet instructions
  • Apple and Strawberry Juice x 500mls or a juice of your choice
  • Homemade custard
  • Dark chocolate x 10g


  • In the large bowl, line the base with the biscotti.
    • If using a round bottom bowl, cover until the biscuit is half way up the bowl.
    • It can be a double or even triple layer if needed.
  • Pour the sherry over the biscuits and leave to soak.
  • Put the berries on top and set aside.
  • Next, make the jelly using the juice as per the packet instructions.
  • Leave the jelly to set in the fridge overnight.
  • Finally, make the homemade custard and leave to cool completely.
  • Once cooled, pour the custard over the jelly and leave to set in the fridge for at least six hours or preferably overnight.
  • Finally grate the chocolate on top of the custard.
  • Serve and enjoy.
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Dad’s Sherry Trifle

Every year I would look forward to a large bowl of my Dad’s Sherry Trifle on Boxing Day. It was part of our family’s traditions like opening presents or leaving Santa a mince pie and a glass of brandy. Plus occasionally during the year if we were having guests or a party my Dad would make a trifle for dessert. It was always a real treat and everyone always loved eating it. Dad’s Sherry Trifle was a show stopper and one we all enjoyed. However you decide to eat this dessert, as always, enjoy.

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