Luxury Trifle by Will Torrent

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There is nothing better served at a party than a delicious English trifle. This trifle was developed by award winning patissier, chocolatier and rising celebrity chef, Will Torrent. Fresh fruit, soft sponge, custard and meringue, topped with a dash of Port this pud is sure to excite everyone's tastebuds and impress your friends and family at your next dinner party.


  1. Choose four, equal sized glasses for serving, then slice the Madeira cake, using a round cutter to cut discs that fit each glass.  Place one piece of cake in the bottom of each glass.

  2. Carefully place a mixture of the fresh fruit (3 – 4 berries) on top of the sponge in each glass, pushing the fruit to the sides so that you can see them through the glass.

  3. Soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold water and set aside.

  4. In a saucepan, slowly bring the port, sugar and frozen berries to the boil.  Once the port, sugar and berry mixture has boiled, pass through a sieve (over a bowl) to create a glossy berry syrup.

  5. Reheat the syrup gently and add the gelatine, stirring occasionally until combined.  Using a spoon, divide syrup equally between each glass, pouring it over the fresh fruit. Refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours to set.

  6. To make the white chocolate custard, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.

  7. Gently fold the fresh custard into the melted chocolate adding 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Bean Paste.  Spoon the custard mixture over the set jelly and then place in the fridge to set.

  8. While the custard is setting, whisk the egg whites in a food mixer, on a medium to high speed.

  9. At the same time, heat the water and sugar in a saucepan until it reaches 121ºC (this can be measured using a thermometer).  Carefully add the sugar syrup to the egg whites, in a steady stream, while continuing to beat.  Continue to whisk until the bowl cools, you should be left with a tight, very glossy meringue.

  10. Take the desserts out of the fridge and sprinkle with the popping candy.

  11. Place the meringue into a piping bag with a plain nozzle.  Pipe bulbs of the glossy meringue on top of the dessert.

  12. Using a blowtorch, flame the meringue to create a lovely caramelised texture and flavour.

  13. Decorate with some of the remaining fresh fruit.

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