Trifle is a fun classic dessert that is a great make ahead option and is perfect for warm evenings. I decided to have a go at making one with a watermelon twist. I made my own watermelon jelly from fresh watermelon and was surprised by how easy it is!
A cooling, fresh and summery dessert! Enjoy!
- 200g store-bought lemon madeira cake, sliced thinly
- 1 thick slice watermelon, diced
- 100ml cream, whipped
For the custard:
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 tbs caster sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
For the jelly:
- 250g watermelon, diced
- ½ cup caster sugar
- 1 tsp gelatine
- To make the custard: Combine milk and vanilla in a small saucepan.
- Combine egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk to dissolve sugar.
- Fill the sink with cold water, and get out a clean bowl, rubber spatula and strainer for when the custard is cooked.
- Bring the saucepan with the milk mixture to a simmer. Remove from the heat.
- Pour the milk mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly.
- Pour the mixture back into the saucepan over a medium heat and stir constantly until thick. Cook for 2-4 mins. The custard will be cooked when you will be able to draw a line on the back of the spoon through the custard.
- As soon as it is ready, pour the custard through the strainer into the clean bowl. Place the bowl in the sink so that the cold water surrounds it. Stir with a rubber spatula until cold. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
- To make the jelly: puree the watermelon in a food processor. Strain the juices into a saucepan and put on a low heat with the sugar and gelatine and stir until fully dissolved. Place into a cold bowl, cover with clingwrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.
- Layer thin slices of cake, then custard. Top with fresh watermelon, then whipped cream and finally scramble the jelly to make a pretty topping.