Mrs Oliver's massive retro trifle

Strawberries, mandarins, custard & cream

Mrs Oliver's massive retro trifle

Mrs Oliver's massive retro trifle

Serves Serves 20
Time Cooks In25 minutes plus setting
DifficultyNot too tricky
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • Calories 338 17%
  • Fat 17.6g 25%
  • Saturates 10.8g 54%
  • Sugars 28.9g 32%
  • Protein 6.5g 13%
  • Carbs 34.7g 13%
Of an adult's reference intake
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  • 8 trifle sponges , or 1 Swiss roll
  • 1 punnet strawberries
  • 1 small wineglass Cointreau
  • 135 g pack strawberry jelly
  • 2 pints milk
  • 4 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 35 g sachet strawberry blancmange
  • 450 g tinned mandarin segments
  • 135 g packet orange jelly
  • 30 g custard powder , enough to make 600ml
  • 300 ml double cream
  • good-quality chocolate
  • 1 orange
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  1. Lay out the sponges on the bottom of a large glass bowl (if you're using a Swiss roll, cut it into slices first). Hull and slice the strawberries, then scatter over the sponges and drizzle with the Cointreau.
  2. Tear up the strawberry jelly squares, put them in a jug and add 300ml boiling water. Stir until dissolved, then add 300ml cold water. Pour over the sponge, place in the fridge and allow to set.
  3. Pour a little milk into a bowl with 2 teaspoons of sugar and the blancmange and mix until dissolved. Bring 600ml milk just to the boil then add to the blancmange mix. Stir and return to the pan, whisking as you bring it back to the boil. Pour the blancmange into the bowl and allow to cool, whisking occasionally, then pour over the set strawberry jelly.
  4. Allow the blancmange layer to set in the fridge, then drain the mandarins and scatter over.
  5. Make the orange jelly the same way as the strawberry and allow to cool before pouring over the mandarins. Set in the fridge.
  6. Once set, make the custard using the remaining milk and sugar and the custard powder. Allow it to cool and pour it over the orange jelly. (If you want to add extra layers of blancmange and custard, go for it!)
  7. Whip the double cream until you get soft peaks, then spread it over the top layer of custard. Grate chocolate and orange zest over the trifle before serving. What a finish!


This trifle takes a bit of time but is well worth it. Make sure you allow each layer time to set completely in the fridge.