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Retro Trifle

By Teresa Cutter

Retro Trifle
Retro Trifle

What's great about it

When I designed this gorgeous retro trifle, my first thought was fresh fruit – pick what’s in season, fresh and sweet. This time of year, I love a strawberry mango or peach combo. Secondly, every trifle needs a jelly.  Give the packet ones the flick and make your own by using fresh fruit puree or juice, such as oranges, apple, mango or berries.


Serves 4

400 ml freshly squeezed orange juice or alternative such as berry, peach, cranberry, elderflower + apple

100 ml water

1 tablespoon honey

1 ¼   tablespoons gelatine (see note)

2 ripe peaches or 1 mango, sliced

250 g strawberries, sliced

250 g organic natural or vanilla yoghurt


Berry sauce

250g fresh strawberries

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 fresh-pitted dates



  1. Make your jelly by combining water, honey and gelatine into a small pot and stirring over a low heat without boiling until the gelatine dissolves.
  2. Pour and stir through freshly squeezed orange juice.
  3. Pour into a ceramic or glass dish and place in the fridge until set.
  4. Make the berry sauce by combining all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blending until smooth.
  5. To assemble the trifles, layer the sliced strawberries and mango with the yoghurt, berry sauce and jelly.
  6. Allow to chill in the fridge before serving and enjoy.

Notes and Inspiration

For raw foodies or those who are vegan, substitute gelatine for agar agar in the recipe.

If you’re a custard fan, check out my  "HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT CUSTARD" page for all recipes and alternatives to making your own custard from scratch using fresh free range or organic eggs combined with a reduced fat milk, a little honey and vanilla. If you’re time poor, a great custard replacement is to use creamy reduced fat natural or vanilla yoghurt or whipped ricotta that's mixed with a little cinnamon and honey, like the filling in a traditional Sicilian Cannoli.

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