A Trifle comes from the European, especially English, food tradition, which is custard or cream layered with fruit over cake that has been soaked with alcohol, usually Sherry. This dessert has been in Europe in the form we would recognize today, at least since the 1700’s.
When are Trifles Commonly Served?
Trifles are traditional served as an after-dinner dessert.
In the United States, Trifle recipes often appear around the fall and winter holidays, but there many very fine Trifles for other seasons of the, for example, the English Strawberry Trifle is an excellent spring recipe.