English Trifle

November/December 1990

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Fresh fruit and angel food cake lighten this classic. A light custard, made with meringue and fat-free milk, drops the calories by half. Store-bought angel food cake works fine here.

English Trifle

Makes: 10 servings

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  • 1 small angel food cake, (10 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup raspberry preserves
  • 1/3 cup medium-dry sherry
  • 4 cups fresh fruit, (sliced oranges; halved seedless grapes; hulled, halved strawberries; raspberries; sliced peeled kiwis)
  • 4 cups Light Custard, (recipe follows)
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • Additional fresh fruit, for garnish

This recipe calls for:


  1. Cut cake into 2-inch-thick slices and cut slices into 1-by-4-inch strips. Spread preserves over one side of each strip. Arrange half the cake, jam-side up, in the bottom of a 12-cup serving bowl. Sprinkle with half the sherry. Arrange half the fruit over the cake layer and spoon half the custard over the fruit. Repeat with remaining cake, sherry, fruit and custard. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Just before serving, sprinkle almonds over the top and arrange fresh fruit decoratively in the center.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1, cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.


Per serving: 227 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 29 mg cholesterol; 46 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 2 g fiber; 135 mg sodium; 122 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (20% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 3 other carbohydrate

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