Cranberry and White Chocolate Trifle

Dessert | 2nd January 2012 | By

 It was Christmas Day and this trifle was my addition to the Christmas table. Even though my Mother’s Christmas pudding is the best in the world, it’s nice to have something else as well. I modelled this on the cherry & chocolate trifle I made earlier this year.

This is what I did:

  • Beat 3 medium egg yolks with 100g vanilla caster sugar until thick and pale.
  • Folded in 100g sifted self-raising white flour.
  • Whisked 3 medium egg whites with 20g vanilla caster sugar and a pinch of cream of tartar until stiff.
  • Folded a 1/3 into the sponge mixture to loosen the mix, then folded in the remainder.
  • Spooned into a lined 20 x 30cm Swiss roll tin and baked at 180C for 13 minutes, until lightly browned and springy to the touch.
  • Turned on to a wire rack to cool.
  • Cut into 16 fingers.
  • Whisked together 4 egg yolks and 45g vanilla caster sugar in a bowl until well incorporated.
  • Whisked in 20g custard powder.
  • Brought 350ml milk to the boil and whisked into the egg mixture.
  • Returned the whole lot to the pan and simmered for about 5 minutes whilst whisking from time to time.
  • Took off the heat and added 70g white chocolate (G&B).
  • Stirred until melted and smooth.
  • Left to cool.
  • Simmered 300g fresh cranberries with the juice of 1 orange for 5 minutes until soft.
  • Left to cool.
  • Stirred in 4 tbsp of orange liqueur (homemade).
  • Mixed 40g slivered almonds in a bowl with 10g icing sugar and 1 dessertspoon of orange liqueur.
  • Spread out onto a lined baking tray and bake at 180c for about 6 minutes until caramelised but not burnt.
  • Leave to cool.
  • Lined my glass dessert bowl with the sponge sandwiches.
  • Poured in the cranberries.
  • Whipped 20g icing sugar with 400ml double cream and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract until peaks formed.
  • Folded a quarter of the cream into the custard.
  • Spooned the custard over the cranberries.
  • Spooned the cream over the custard.
  • Scattered the almonds, some dried cranberries and 30g grated white chocolate over the top.
Despite the delicious Christmas pudding, everyone managed a helping of this trifle too and all I can say is – it was worth the effort! In retrospect, I wish I’d done the trifle in layers to make the most of the red, yellow and white, but I’ll know better for next time now.


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    2nd January 2012

    I am beyond impressed that you made your own cake for this! I think this combination of flavours sounds like a winner.

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    2nd January 2012

    I’m very impressed that you made your own trifle sponges! It all sounds delicious and I bet the cranberries were great to cut a little of the richness too. Yum, I’m not surprised people made room for it!

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    2nd January 2012

    oy yoy yoy yoy!!!… I love this trifle… so delicious… PLUS I have been bought the most beautiful glass bowl for Christmas which I may have to christen with this recipe xx

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    Hazel at Chicken in a Cherry Sauce
    2nd January 2012

    The more desserts, the better! Great alternative to Christmas pudding for those with a warm Christmas yet still keeping the English tradition with trifle. Lovely! Happy new year!

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    Baking Addict
    2nd January 2012

    Happy New Year! Your trifle looks lush! I cant remember the last time I had trifle.. must remedy that soon 🙂

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    2nd January 2012

    Ooooh lovely! The tartness of the cranberry against the White chocolate sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try x

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    2nd January 2012

    Ohhhh….yummm!! I do love a trifle at Christmas- an such delicious flavour combination! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

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    2nd January 2012

    I love the sound of this trifle, looks and sounds delicious x

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    2nd January 2012

    Sounds fabulous. I love trifle, but have never tried it with cranberries, the sharpness would work as well as raspberries.

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    2nd January 2012

    MCB – thank you. As usual I rather wish I had some left now 😉

    Jude – thank you. I so so agree with you – a good trifle is one of the best things.

    FoodyCat – ha ha, am wondering what happens beyond impressed. It is satisfying making the whole thing from scratch and the sponge doesn’t really take very long.

    C- the tartness of the cranberries worked really well with this – there’s a limit to how much sugar one can take – even at Christmas.

    Dom – oh I love glass bowls – look forward to seeing yours with or without the trifle (although it was a very good one)! Christmas presents to oneself are often the best 😉

    Hazel – I’m with you there. If I had my way the Christmas table would be laden with desserts.

    Baking Addict – yes a strange thing trifle. I hadn’t had one for years and years and then have made two this year.

    Freerangegirl – tart and sweet – it was a great combination.

    Kate – thank you. Trifle is such a classic at Christmas, but I don’t think we’d ever had one before.

    Nicola – thank you. Just wished I’d made more of the colours – taste was great though.

    Janice – ooh raspberries, now that sounds even better.

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    3rd January 2012

    It wouldn’t be Christmas without a trifle! We did a cherry one this year, but ate it before I remembered to take photos!

    Love the idea of a chocolate trifle. Not had one of these. Yummy! Happy New Year too

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    3rd January 2012

    Trifle always makes me think of Christmas – my boyfriend’s mum makes an incredible chocolate and cherry version but this looks like a suitable rival 🙂 Cranberry and white chocolate is such a lovely combination…yum 🙂

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    3rd January 2012

    Oh boy does that look good!! Lovely seasonal flavour combo too, which you can never go wrong with ;0)

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    3rd January 2012

    Katie – thank you. Your cherry one sounds good. I made a chocolate cherry trifle earlier this year and that was pretty good too.

    Little Loaf – thank you. I made a chocolate and cherry trifle earlier this year and it was really good. But as it was cranberries in season, I thought I’d do something a bit different.

    Chele – glad you have faith 😉

    Ananda – I’m about to do a post with a link to the recipe.

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    4th January 2012

    Hi! The trifle sounds delicious, just one question tho’, no measurements for the cranberries?? Susan

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    4th January 2012

    Susan – thank you for pointing that out. I meant to check when writing this up and obviously didn’t!!! It was 300g.

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    Karen S Booth
    4th January 2012

    Is there any left? I am late to the party, but I LOVE trifle and this looks totally divine!

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    4th January 2012

    This sounds unbelievably amazing! I’m a trifle fiend at Christmas(family dessert of choice) and I like to eat it for my breakfast the next day too!

    Happy new year!

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    5th January 2012

    Karen – a trifle late ha ha!

    Jo – thank you. Don’t think I’ve ever had trifle for breakfast, but I can see it would work. Happy New Year to you too.

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    Johanna GGG
    5th January 2012

    wow that sounds superb – even though I love trifle with jelly and without cream (which is what my mum always made) but I just love the white chocolate and cranberries combo – just right at christmas

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    21st November 2013

    I’m not a huge fan of trifle but I think I would love this! I might volunteer to do this years Christmas Trifle! Haha, give my nana a run for her money and compete for the best trifle!! Great recipe! Thanks! xxx

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