Summer Fresh Cherry Trifle

Saturday 12 June 2010

One of my favourite late spring/early summer fruits is cherries. When we lived down in Kent at this time of year you could find lots of cherry sellers set up on the many laybys in the area, their tables just laden with glorious cherries, of several different varieties.

It was so easy to stop and purchase a paper bag filled with them . . . I know I should have taken them home to wash before eating, but I always stuffed my face with them right in the car . . . still warm from the sun. Oh my . . . but they were so sweet and soooo delicious . . . I'm afraid I made a pig of myself with them each and every year!! ☺

I am not in cherry growing country anymore . . . no cherries in the laybys up here, alas . . . *sniff *sniff

I did find some on offer at my local Tesco's this morning though, and so I just had to buy a few punnets for us as a lovely treat!! One to eat out of hand and the other . . .

The other to make this delicious summer trifle with.

Imagine it . . . layers of softened cake, rich custard, softly whipped cream, grated chocolate and lucious sweet cherries . . . all together in one scrummy glass. Each spoonful so very delicious and delightful!

mmm . . . I can't get enough of this. I think I'll be at Tesco's again in the morning to pick up some more. Not quite the same as the sun warmed ones in the paper bag . . . but needs must do what needs must do . . .

*Summer Fresh Cherry Trifle*
Serves 6
Printable Recipe

This delicious fruity trifle makes the best of sweet cherries during their short growing season. Cherries and chocolate. Fantabulous!

450g fresh cherries
(1 pound)
300g of trifle sponges or light sponge cake, cut into cubes
(about 3 cups, cubed)
3 TBS Frangelico, or Chocolate Schnaaps
(can use fruit juice)
200ml double cream
(1 cup)
1 TBS caster sugar
seeds scraped from 1/2 a vanilla pod
400ml ready made custard or vanilla pudding
(3 cups)
grated or chopped chocolate
(I used green and black organic milk chocolate)

Set aside 6 perfect cherries to top the trifles with. Put the remaining cherries and cut in half. Chop the trifle sponges into cubes and put into a bowl. Sprinkle with the liqueur or the fruit juice. Whip the couble cream until softly whipped, stir i the sugar and vanilla seeds.

Arrange layers of the cake, custard, fruit, cream ad chocolate in individual serving glasses, layering them twice and ending with whipped cream and chocolate on top. Garnish each trifle with one whole cherry. Serve immediately, or cover and chill for up to 6 hours before serving.

And if that sweet Cherry Trifle isn't enough to get your tastebuds raging, hop on over to Gordon's page, What Should I Have For Dinner Tonight later on today, to see what I cooked up for the England match of the World Cup today . . . it's Pundit Pie!!! Go England!!! (I hope I did us proud!!)


  1. I like the way you talk about food. However, it would be great if you could expand a bit more about the kind of cherries you propose to use here. I personally feed that cherries that are either too sweet or with subtle tanginess can overwhelm the taste buds and negate the overall effect of the creamy, milk-based part of a preparation.

  2. Oh, my! Marie--this looks amazing! Just want to stick my spoon through the screen and take a bite (or twenty!) You describe it so beautifully, and your photos are perfectly delicious!

    Sorry you don't get the fresh, sun-warmed ones anymore, but I'm sure there's other treasures in Chester!

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend, dear friend! Much love sent your way this summery day (night!)


  3. anubhav, I try to use the sweet cherries, not overly tart ones. They go just perfectly with all the different aspects of this delicious dessert!

    Julie, thanks so much for your sweet words! I wish you could be here to share some of this tasty dessert with us!

  4. Do you know I've not eatena cherry since I left home - they just seem so expensive over here. If I found them being sold in layby's near me I reckon I would eat them staright fromt he bag too ;0)

  5. Looks fantastic, the pictures are really great too - I would like to be a guest at your house for sure

  6. I love cherries. This dish looks great!

  7. haven't seen such an enticing trifle in a while Marie. It's cherry season here now, and I know what you mean. These are delicious looking goblets. Mmmmm

  8. Smacking my lips! I think this will be waiting for Cody when he get home on Tuesday!! You are divine my darlin'!@

  9. LOOKS WONDERFUL! I love trifle, I have had it with strawberries and blueberries its a wonderful treat. I love going to our local farmers markets on saturdays to get all my fruits and veg, its wonderfully fresh and locally grown. We live in the country in a small village and the areas around us has lots of farming of produce and live stock.

  10. We also enjoy the fresh home made bakery that we have here , when you walk in the bakery and it smells wonderful of all country fresh baked goodies every day, their strawberry rhubarb and blueberry pies are wonderful.

  11. Trifle has got to be one of the best desserts on the planet. Yours looks gorgeous. Almost too good to eat ...... well maybe not quite :)


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