Foodie Friday – Blood Orange and Dark Chocolate Trifle

Foodie Friday – Blood Orange and Dark Chocolate Trifle

Now we all love an old school sherry trifle but if you want something truly showstopping then this blood orange option is perfect!

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While this requires a bit of effort to prepare and construct, it’s time well spent. The end result is a stunning combination of colours and flavours.


Serves 6 – 8

  • 2 Tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 4 Blood oranges cut into segments
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) whipping cream
  • Grated dark chocolate

Blood orange jelly

  • 3 x 5g gelatine leaves
  • 250ml (8fl oz/ 1 cup) blood orange juice
  • 115g (4 oz/ cup) caster sugar

Chocolate Sponge

  • 4 eggs
  • 115g (4 oz/ cup) caster sugar
  • 100g (3oz/ 2/3 cup) plain all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder



  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plain all-purpose flour
  • 500 ml (17 fl oz/ 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  1. To make the jelly, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for 5 minutes, or until softened. Remove from the water and squeeze gently to remove excess liquid before using. Put the juice, sugar and 325 ml (11 oz) water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat. Add the gelatine leaves and stir until dissolved. Strain into a large glass bowl and refrigerate until set.
  2. To make the sponge, preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease a 20 × 30 cm (8 × 12 in) baking tin and line the sides and base with baking paper. Beat the eggs and sugar together until very thick and light. Sift the our and cocoa powder and carefully fold into the egg mixture, then spoon into the prepared tin. Cook for 15–20 minutes. Test the cake by pressing the centre lightly with your fingertips; it should feel firm and bounce back when pressed. When cooked, remove from the tin and allow the cake to cool on a wire rack.
  3. To make the custard, beat the egg yolks and sugar together until pale, then stir in the flour until smooth. Put the milk and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture, then pour into a clean saucepan. Cook the custard over low heat and stir constantly as it comes to the boil and thickens. Remove from the heat and add the Grand Marnier. Set aside to cool.
  4. To assemble the tri e, lay slices of the sponge over the top of the jelly and sprinkle the Grand Marnier over the top. Scatter the orange segments over the top of the sponge, reserving some for garnish. Spoon the custard over the sponge and fruit, and put in the refrigerator to set.
  5. When ready to serve, whip the cream and layer on top of the tri e, garnishing with the reserved blood orange segments and a little grated chocolate.

Harvest: 180 Recipes Through the Seasons by Emilie Guelpa (Hardie Grant, £15) Photography © Emilie Guelpa


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