In England, the Christmas trifle is hardly “a trifling matter,” as a longstanding Christmas tradition in many families – it’s a serious part of the Christmas meal.
Since my father is British, Christmas with my family at my aunt’s house includes the mandatory trifle and mysterious Christmas pudding. Both impressive feats of culinary design and imagination.
The trifle is usually made from thick custard, fruit, cake, gelatin, and cream. Arranged in layers with fruit and sponge on the bottom and custard and cream on top – it is a colossal but delicious desert, with many variations based upon one’s family tradition. For example, some styles include the “Creole Christmas Trifle.”
While none of my American friends seem to know what exactly the Christmas trifle, cake, yule log and plum pudding actually consist of, it appears that the thanks to celebrity chefs offering up a few different suggestions, (including Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and “Naked Chef” Jamie Oliver) word is spreading. There is a worldwide increase in Google search trend analytics for “Christmas trifle,” as well as a surge of searches just in the USA.
Meanwhile, UK chef Gordon Ramsey, known for his provocative television show “Hell’s Kitchen” in the USA – entertains viewers on YouTube:
Of course, Ramsey’s version prepared above did not include gelatin – perhaps the show gave his supply to “The Office.”