Jump to content

No-alcohol trifle
Is it worthwhile?

  • Please log in to reply
26 replies to this topic

#1 elegie

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:31 PM

I was just reading the MIL vent and although we have never been a trifle family I thought it might be nice to give it a try this Christmas. But my mother & sister are both allergic to alcohol so it would have to be without. Is there any point in making a trifle without sherry? Perhaps that's why we've never been a trifle family...

If anyone has any tried and true recipes I'd appreciate them.

#2 strawberry blondes

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:33 PM

My mum makes the best trifle and has never added alcohol. I would say it's worth it!

#3 Espoir

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:34 PM

I'll be watching this thread as I want to make a trifle that my DS and nieces can also enjoy (alcohol free).

#4 mitty82

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:42 PM

Add everything in without the alcohol. That is how I make it, although hubby says it needs brandy. but ewww

#5 mrsboof

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

I love my mums trifle and she has never put alcohol in hers. I did even realise you were supposed to have it in there ...... blush.gif

#6 Oma Desala

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:46 PM

Mum always put sherry or brandy in hers but I'm not a fan so when I make it I just pour a little peach juice from the can over the cake instead of alcohol. I've never had any complaints so it must be fine as I've made it that way for years.

#7 Escapin

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:47 PM

I think you need some liquid to pour/sprinkle over the sponge, but no reason why it has to be alcohol. All this talk of trifle is making me want some!

#8 Feral timtam

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:48 PM

My mums family have never put alcohol in their trifles, usually they just layer jelly, sponge cake, some canned fruits and custard. They don't have a specific recipe, just toss whatever 'trifle-ish' ingredients they have handy in the bowl. I've always loved the taste of their trifles.
My husbands family puts sherry in their trifles and quite frankly all you can taste is the alcohol, apparently it's not a 'real' trifle without the alcohol rolleyes.gif Funnily enough, by the end of the event it's usually got less than a quarter eaten and generally that's only by the diehard trifle fans.

#9 Guest_- Poppy -_*

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

I prefer it without the alcohol! Its not as rich and sickly.

I use apple juice instead


#10 FeralZombieMum

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

1 Jam Swiss Roll, broken up and placed in glass bowl.
Place bits of jelly (that has set) into the bowl.
Pour custard (made from custard powder) over the cake and place in fridge, covered.
Before serving, whip cream and place on top.

Serve and enjoy.

#11 strawberry blondes

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

Sponge, fruit if you really want it, Jelly, custard, cream and sprinkles or flaked chocolate! Thanks to this thread i'm now craving my mum's trifle!

#12 IslandMummy

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

You could always use apple juice instead of the alcohol it's just to moisten the cake or as pp suggested juice from the peaches

#13 EsmeLennox

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:57 PM

Trifle is never worth having. It is disgusting with or without alcohol. Lol

#14 JustBeige

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:57 PM

Hate alcohol in cakes, so my Trifle has never had any.  I make two. One with fruit and one without.  

For the fruit one, I just use the juice from the peaches or apple juice.  not too much as the custard and rest of the fruit can make the cake a bit wet too.

For the one without fruit,  I actually put the custard ontop of the cake and I use jam rolls instead of maderia cake, then add chopped jelly then a bit more custard - then sprinkles or grated chocolate.  I make this one especially for my darling SIL and she loves the sprinkles, so it usually has them. original.gif

#15 Starrydawn

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:59 PM

Yes it is essential. Loathe trifle without sherry. I don't drink alcohol either but cant not have a sherry soaked trifle.

All that said if you like it with juice etc then do it like that.

#16 elegie

Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

Yum yum thanks everyone! I may not end up doing it as my sister (the other one, not the alcohol-allergic one!)'s family has lots of food intolerances, but glad to know it can be done original.gif

#17 aussierach

Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:30 PM

I never add alcohol to my trifle actually can't stand trifle that has sherry in it

#18 Gegemite

Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:56 PM

Trifle = pre-chewed sloppy food  sick.gif

#19 PrincessPeach

Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

My mum makes 2, one with & one without alcohol.

But the jam swiss rolls make for one of the nicest bases. She also adds in port-wine jelly tinned peaches & custard - YUMMY!

#20 credence

Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

I recently had a trifle and I've got to say it was pretty gross. The reason why it was so bad is that I realised as I've become an adult the taste of packet jelly, supermarket cake and packet custard is actually disgusting to me! (Who knew?)

I bet though, if you made a proper jelly with fruit juice, fresh berries, real custard with vanilla beans, fresh sponge, lightly whipped cream...that might actually be nice.

Alcohol helps, but not too much and I don't think it's essential.

#21 Bunsen the feral

Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:58 PM

I use frozen raspberries, as they defrost they give off enough juice. Then raspberry jelly, made seperatley left until almost set, stir up the pour over. I make up powdered custard with double the amount of powder to milk, let this set then whip up with a mixer until smooth - adding extra vanilla is good too - fold in some whipped cream to lighten it then later on top of jelly. Add final layer of whipped cream.

#22 Guest_Maybelle_*

Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:44 PM

I have never put alcohol in my trifle.  I just cut up the cake (preferably fresh sponge), top with either raspberries or canned cherries, pour in the jelly so that the cake and fruit soaks in it, and so that the jelly sits twice as high as the cake.  Set the whole thing.  Make egg custard and let that set on top of the jelly.  Add fresh whipped cream once the custard is set.  Put some more fruit on top for decoration.

Does that make any sense?

#23 boatiebabe

Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:53 PM

I have only started making trifles in the last couple of years and I have people begging me to make this particular one (it has no alcohol because the kids eat it).

I make a jelly using cranberry juice and gelatine. I pour that in a trifle bowl.

Once set I place savoradi (sp?) biscuits (or sponge finger biscuits around the edge with the bottoms cut a little so they can stand up. I then make up a stiff custard from scratch. I crumble some sponge fingers in the middle and pour the custard over the top. Back in the fridge to set - it is better if it sits for a day or two before serving. When I'm ready to serve I whip up cream and then place cherries half dipped in white chocolate on top.

Looks AMAZING and tastes great!

#24 Bluenomi

Posted 04 December 2012 - 02:56 PM

QUOTE (Gegemite @ 04/12/2012, 01:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Trifle = pre-chewed sloppy food  sick.gif

I agree! Soggy cake, blerk  sick.gif

Mind you years of being forced to eat my Nan's over boozed trifle didn't help matter. Ugh, horrid stuff.

#25 AnotherFeral

Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:42 PM

QUOTE (credence @ 04/12/2012, 02:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bet though, if you made a proper jelly with fruit juice, fresh berries, real custard with vanilla beans, fresh sponge, lightly whipped cream...that might actually be nice.

That would be a lot of work, but delicious.

QUOTE (boatiebabe @ 04/12/2012, 03:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have only started making trifles in the last couple of years and I have people begging me to make this particular one (it has no alcohol because the kids eat it).

I make a jelly using cranberry juice and gelatine. I pour that in a trifle bowl.

Once set I place savoradi (sp?) biscuits (or sponge finger biscuits around the edge with the bottoms cut a little so they can stand up. I then make up a stiff custard from scratch. I crumble some sponge fingers in the middle and pour the custard over the top. Back in the fridge to set - it is better if it sits for a day or two before serving. When I'm ready to serve I whip up cream and then place cherries half dipped in white chocolate on top.

Looks AMAZING and tastes great!

That sounds wonderful!

There is a place near me that sells all kinds of frozen berries, including purees. I've used both raspberry and strawberry purees recently to make jelly for trifle (just water down a bit and add some gelatin). Delicious, 'real' tasting and only slightly less convenient than packet jelly.
I don't think the alcohol will be missed if you use better quality ingredients.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.


How to search the leaked Ashley Madison data

At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.


What's hot on EB

The worst 20 minutes of my life

Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.

Top baby names for England and Wales in 2014

George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.

Baseball or baby? Dad's tough choice

What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.

Childbirth choices: five star or free?

It's not often you hear the words labour and luxury in the same sentence but for some, a 5-star start to parenthood is exactly what they seek. And with a number of private hospitals now offering packages which include a post-birth stay at a sumptuous first class resort, many mums are choosing to recover in style.

'Where did your boobies go, Mummy?' and other soul-destroying comments from kids

Most women carry a smidge of baby weight after giving birth. If you're lucky enough to have an older child in the house, they can keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

Do you read me, baby?

Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?

Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby

Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Will studying on maternity leave take you away from your most important job?

I remember when I was trying to decide if I could combine motherhood and furthering my university education.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

Preschooler hit by car shortly after baby brother's death

A mother has had a frantic race to the hospital after her daughter was hit by a car, just four weeks after her infant son died.

Gay couple and Thai surrogate in custody tug-of-war

A six-month-old baby girl is trapped in the Thai capital in a bitter custody wrangle between her Thai surrogate mother and her biological father.

Couple denied IVF over parenting concerns

A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.

The book that promises to put your children to sleep

Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.

5 things every parent who feels guilty needs to know

Parenthood can make you feel bad, but you're not alone.

Royals criticise 'dangerous' attempts to photograph Prince George

The British royal family criticized paparazzi on Friday for what it called their increasingly dangerous attempts to photograph young Prince George.

'No jab, no play' rule to cover Victorian kindergartens and childcare centres

"Anti-vaxxers" face not being able to send their children to childcare centres or kindergarten if they refuse to have them immunised.

15,000 birthing kits on their way to developing countries

Giving birth in a hospital surrounded by medical experts is tough enough, but some women deliver babies without a clean sheet to lie on.

Photo of premmie 'too graphic', fundraising site says

When their son Jacob was born at just 27 weeks, Christina and Jeff Hinks were thrown into an uncertain world.

The latest Bugaboo collections: cool chevron and runner prams

Bugaboo sure likes to keep things fresh, and with the Australian spring/summer season coming up, there are two new Bugaboo pram releases.

Making room for two in the bed

Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.



See Hi-5 LIVE in Sydney!

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.