Eton mess trifle

Layer a quintessentially British pudding with Sherry-steeped strawberries, meringue and cream then top with flaked almonds

  • Prep:35 mins
    Cook:5 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 515
  • fat 37g
  • saturates 22g
  • carbs 38g
  • sugars 35g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 5g
  • salt 0.2g


  • 1 small jam-filled Swiss roll, sliced
  • 450g strawberries, hulled
  • seeds from 1 split vanilla pod (save the pod for the coulis, below)
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 500ml double cream
  • 150ml pot natural full-fat yogurt
  • 16 ready-made mini meringues (or use 8 larger meringues broken into pieces)
  • 1 tbsp toasted flaked almond
  • 140g strawberries, chopped
  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 100ml sweet sherry


  1. First make the coulis. Put all the ingredients in a pan, bring to a simmer and bubble for a few mins until the sugar has dissolved and the strawberries have started to soften. Remove the vanilla pod and tip the strawberries into a blender or food processor. Whizz until smooth, then sieve into a bowl to remove the seeds. Leave to cool.

  2. You’ll need a large trifle bowl or shallow dish to assemble the trifle. Arrange the Swiss roll slices on the sides and bottom of the bowl and drizzle over about 4 tbsp of the coulis. Cut enough strawberries in half to line the edge of the bowl and place them, cut-side facing out, on top of the Swiss roll layer. Save about 8 nice strawberries for the top of the trifle, slice the remaining ones and mix with 2 tbsp of the coulis.

  3. Add the vanilla seeds and icing sugar to the cream and softly whip. Fold in the yogurt and ripple through the strawberry coulis. Tip half the cream into the trifle bowl, add the sliced strawberries, then half the meringues. Spoon in the remaining cream. Slice the remaining strawberries into halves or quarters and pop these on top with the remaining meringues and the flaked almonds. Serve immediately, before the meringues start to dissolve.

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