Opulent Orange Trifle

The Twelve Recipes of Christmas continues with our aptly named Opulent Orange Trifle.


Dawn: (Still singing in tune with the birds and doves of peace along with all small animals that like to hum along!) On the tenth day of Christmas my true Love Food gave to me…

Andrew: Something nearly as perfect as the pavlova.

Dawn: A trifle?

Andrew: Nothing short and sweet about this trifle, Dawn!

Dawn: No jelly and jam, I hope!

Andrew: Not a sign! Orange trifle. So luscious a creation that I’ve called it Opulent Orange Trifle.

Dawn: Which can be easily converted to a lemon version. See the end of the recipe for how, fellow festive foodies.


Serves 6 to 8

200g Traditional trifle sponges (or alternatively, a stale sponge cake can be used instead)

100ml Orange liqueur (or an equivalent volume of orange juice)

100g Amaretti biscuits

50g Meringue nests

300ml Fresh custard

300ml Double cream

1tbsp Icing sugar

¼tsp Vanilla extract

2tbsp Orange curd


  • Slice the trifle sponges in half and arrange at the bottom and sides of a trifle bowl. Alternatively split the ingredients evenly and serve in individual glass bowls or glasses like we have here.
  • Crush half the amaretti biscuits in your hands and scatter to fill any gaps.
  • Drizzle the orange liqueur (or juice) evenly over the slices, then spread the orange curd evenly on top.
  • Break the meringue into pieces and scatter on top of the curd.
  • Spoon the custard evenly over the meringue.

Dawn: You can make your own custard by using the recipe within a traditional fruit trifle – Truly Scrumptious Trifle.


Alternatively, buy ready made custard if time is restrictive.

Andrew: And the meringue nests can be made by using our Magical Meringues recipe.


  • Meanwhile, whip the cream with the vanilla extract and icing sugar until it makes soft peaks.
  • Spread evenly onto the custard.
  • Dress with trifle dressings of your choice. Grated chocolate, almonds, candied lemon or orange zest. We used mini chocolate drops and the remaining amaretti biscuits.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

Andrew: Do make a lemon version is relatively simple, too.

Dawn: And we give you the recipe here.

Alternate Ingredients For The Lemon Trifle

Replace the orange curd with lemon curd.

Instead of orange liqueur, use lemon liqueur. For the non-alcoholic version lemon juice diluted and sweetened with sugar or honey is fine.

Andrew: A worthy addition to the festive season’s dinner table?

Dawn: Indeed it is. A delicious, indulgent and opulent treat at this very special time of year! Enjoy!


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