a trifle mess

At this very moment I am watching Oz Masterchef contestants making Heston Blumenthal’s Jubilee Trifle. And boy, are they having some trouble.  That blast chiller is sure going to be in great demand . . .  and between you and me I’m egging on Kelty and Noleen to be shipped home . . . even before their jelly is set.  Shame man, I don’t dislike them, I just don’t want either of them to win. 

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photo from: tenplay.com.au

The magic Heston puts into this dish is amazing. I think if given the chance to visit and eat at one of his restaurants I would do so.  He is so clever, and he also seems like a nice bloke, which can’t be all that bad. If anybody has eaten there, I’d really like to hear about it, if not only to weep and turn green with envy.

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photo source: Sydney Morning Herald – on line version

My memories of trifle are Christmas based. A whacking big glass bowl of sponge, tin fruit, red jelly, bright yellow custard, whipped and thick fresh cream, and at times either cherries or hundreds and thousands to decorate.  I can still hear that glug, that sound of suction as the spoon lifted a portion out, dolloping it into a bowl.  Pure delight.  

I can’t remember making one myself, but I’ve certainly had a few over the years, and most of them have not been good. Runny custard, not enough jelly, no fruit, and artificial cream – yuk!

How about you, any tips for a great one, or stories of a bad ‘un?  What about sherry, do you put it in? I think we had it in ours, but I can’t be sure. 

All these memories have me thinking about other childhood puddings I loved to enjoy, mostly for sunday lunch, after a plate of roast meats and divine roast potatoes.  Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Spotty Dick
  • Bread and Butter Pudding
  • Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Apple and Blackberry Crumble
  • Apple and Blackberry Pie
  • Baked Alaska
  • Arctic Roll
  • Treacle Pudding
  • Egg Custard
  • Bakewell Tart

         —————————————————— fill in the blank please

A-ha, Yellow team won the Heston Trifle challenge.  Tomorrow they cook-off against Heston himself. If I was them I’d phone in sick

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16 thoughts on “a trifle mess

  1. I had to stop myself reading this post as I was a bit behind in Master Chef! I am so with you on the Noleen front. The other night we were watching Come Dine With Me (UK) and the one contestant referred to Heston as Blumen Hestontaal – I will always think of him by that name now. I am not a big fan of fruit in jelly so trifle is not my favourite dish at all. Bread and butter pudding is a comfort dessert but Dave does not like it so it seldom gets baked in my house 🙂

  2. Recipe for Trifle….Layer of cake with sherry, then custard, layer of jelly(whipped with fork), layer of tinned peaches, layer of jelly (whipped )then whipped cream on top with cherries for decoration…..this was my Mom’s recipe and it is simple but delicious….

  3. I don’t like trifle. The soggy sponge is icky. You didn’t mention chocolate semolina. This was my mom’s “wait and see” pudding. 🙂
    btw We tried the Woolies chocolate HC Buns today. Sublime!

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