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... to think that trifle isn't trifle if there's no jelly in it?

(141 Posts)
evalyn Sat 13-Dec-14 11:11:38

OP wants trifle made without jelly. I think trifle has to have jelly or it's not trifle. Which of us is BU?

NoLongerJustAShopGirl Sat 13-Dec-14 11:14:07

the old "Birds" v "proper" trifle debate... "proper" trifle does not have jelly - it is unctuous and oozing, grown up and thoroughly delicious... "Birds" style has set jelly in it and is for kids birthday parties only.

Fallingovercliffs Sat 13-Dec-14 11:18:02

YABU. Proper trifle is sponge soaked in sherry topped by loads of custard and cream and fruit. Jelly has no place in a trifle.

cardibach Sat 13-Dec-14 11:22:25

No place for jelly in a decent trifle...

amicissimma Sat 13-Dec-14 11:23:45

YABU. Jelly in trifle? Yuck.

Come to think of it, I'd be happy to leave out the fruit, sherry and sponge and just have custard with cream (proper whipped double, none of your canned nonsense).

TimelyNameChangey Sat 13-Dec-14 11:24:09

I hate jelly.

MrsCakesPrecognition Sat 13-Dec-14 11:25:44

I don't mind jelly in trifle, but try and fob me off with an alcohol-free trifle and I will be very unhappy.

DragonMamma Sat 13-Dec-14 11:27:10


There's no jelly in proper trifle.

KneeQuestion Sat 13-Dec-14 11:27:34


Ive never eaten a birds or any other sort of packet trifle. Only ever home made and always with jelly in.

The sponge is soaked in sherry of course and the jelly is 'melted' with some boiling water, then topped up with sherry. Fruit goes in with the jelly, which is topped with custard, then cream with either flaked almonds or chocolate shavings on top.

Very boozy-not for children, but definitely 'proper' trifle.

IHaveBrilloHair Sat 13-Dec-14 11:28:37

I like jelly in my trifle and no sherry, I don't like alcohol in desserts

bigTillyMint Sat 13-Dec-14 11:29:48

Of course there's jelly in trifle. And sherry. And tinned fruit cocktail.

My auntie's sherry trifle was The Best.

EmberElftree Sat 13-Dec-14 11:30:13

YABU. Jelly in trifle?! My mum's trifle gets you hammered she makes it like Falling has said, with loads of HBC sherry & tinned mandarins!

bigTillyMint Sat 13-Dec-14 11:30:43

Knee-question, you are absolutely spot-on with the recipesmile

Izzy24 Sat 13-Dec-14 11:31:49

No jelly!

GooodMythicalMorning Sat 13-Dec-14 11:32:02

I only like chocolate 'trifle' (cream, choc mousse, choc cake in layers with choc sprinkled on top). No jelly at all. You are probably right but I cant stand jelly. Dh loves it though.

Hatespiders Sat 13-Dec-14 11:32:13

No jelly??? No jelly???????!!!!

How dare you! My dh would commit murder if there wasn't any jelly in his trifle.

I make the sponge base myself then soak it in sherry. Then add chopped walnuts and fruit corresponding to THE JELLY. Then I pour on THE JELLY.
Once set, I put on cold, whipped Bird's custard (mixed with double cream),
topped with extra-thick cream, decorated with whatever fruit is inside. I've done this for about 40 years. Our church Harvest Supper always demand one of my huge trifles for part of our dessert.

Really, I can't settle now... no blinking jelly? Whatever is the world coming to???

ILovePud Sat 13-Dec-14 11:32:46

Jelly free gets my vote too, jelly ruins trifles for veggies too.

KneeQuestion Sat 13-Dec-14 11:33:22

Thank you bigTillyMint! grin

I have been known to whip some Baileys into my cream too. That one got people pissed after a portion!

ItMustBeBedtimeSurely Sat 13-Dec-14 11:33:34

Proper trifle definitely doesn't contain jelly.

CocobearSqueeze Sat 13-Dec-14 11:37:29

My homemade recipe passed down from mother has jelly, custard, sponge cake, chocolate crumbs, peach slices, and cream - all in layers. It's yummy and can only be bothered to make it at Christmas.

Teeste Sat 13-Dec-14 11:37:59

Proper trifle is loads of jelly with fruit, custard, cream, chocolate shavings and little to no nutritional value, just like my granny used to make. Soaked sponge is vile and has no place in any dessert (I also hate tiramisu, come at me MN!) grin

KneeQuestion Sat 13-Dec-14 11:38:21

Jelly has been included in trifle recipes for maybe 200+ years.

I think that time scale qualifies it as a 'proper' recipe.

Some trifle recipes contain jelly, some don't. neither is proper, or not proper, just different.

KneeQuestion Sat 13-Dec-14 11:40:58

The other burning question...

Sponge fingers/Savoiardi/ladies fingers, or, slices of jam only [no buttercream] swiss roll?

I've used both, I prefer the swiss roll way, but it can be hard to get the creamless one.

KatieKaye Sat 13-Dec-14 11:41:19

Definitely no jelly!

bigTillyMint Sat 13-Dec-14 12:01:24

KneeQuestion, I am coming round for some of your Baileysified triflesmile

Are all you non-jellyers Southerners? Or posh?grin

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