Nanna's Trifle!

This trifle makes us smile. Now, we know you might be thinking 'well, doesn't all food make you two smile?' and while yes, you would be correct, this trifle has that extra dose of smiling dust. Reason being, our Grandad really loved this dish and our Nanna would make it because of this, always saying, "Grandad likes the Trifle." Furthermore, we love that it's Nanna's little concoction and a mix of British and Italian.

It's quite simple to make, depending on the custard you choose. Now, we hands down prefer it with Nanna's homemade custard, but on occasion, mostly when Grandad had a go at making the trifle himself, he would be quite happy with a bit of Bird's Eye custard, you know the yellow powder one? By all means you can't go wrong with a bit of Bird's Eye, but today we are going to be sharing our Nanna's custard us when we say; it's your lucky day!!

(Makes 2 Trifles)

1 Pandoro
2 cans of Peaches.
Bottle of Marsala wine.
Water, hot and cold.

For the custard:

4 egg yolks
4 tablespoons of flour
4 tablespoons of sugar
Drop of vanilla
Lemon rind of 1 lemon
Orange rind of 1 orange
2 pints of whole milk

What to do:

Make your jelly first, use 6 cubes in each bowl, and place it in fridge to set.

Place all ingredients for the custard in a saucepan over medium heat. 

Simple whisk until nice and thick, it should coat the back of a spoon. This can take up to thirty minutes, but trust's worth it. 

Also, be sure not to get any of the pith from the lemon and orange in the custard as that will make it bitter. You can grate the lemon and orange peel fine or, and this is what our Nanna does, peel the lemon and orange in big pieces and place them in your custard to let the flavours infuse, then once the custard is ready, remove them. 

Once the custard has cooled and your jelly has set, place a layer of peaches on top of the jelly, you can slice them or cube them. 

Then slice your Pandoro and make a layer of Pandoro. Then it's time for the fun bit, drizzle a generous amount of Marsala over the Pandoro, it's usually soaking when our Nanna does it, and top with a scrumptious layer of homemade custard.


We're loving making all our family recipes for our family now that we are home. This trifle went down a treat and there's nothing that makes us smile more than being told we got the custard right and made it just like Nanna does. We think Grandad would be proud! :)

Check out our last recipe: Pan Di Stelle Cheesecake! 

Happy baking!



  1. This looks so yummy! Might have to make this weekend, thanks for the recipe! x

    Charlotte |

    1. Thank you so much for reading! We hope you have fun making it! Enjoy! :) xx