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Chef Aly’s Easy Trifle

Chef Aly’s Easy Trifle

As served to Freddie Flintoff and Jason Manford on All Round to Mrs Browns


12 trifle sponge fingers

2 punnets large fresh strawberries

1 tablespoon sherry / brandy

1 large tub Madagascan vanilla custard (or make your own, see below)

Fresh whipping cream

1-2 packets strawberry jelly

1 small jar good quality strawberry jam

1 small bar good quality milk chocolate

1 large clear trifle bowl

Piping bag with wide circular nozzle

Stick two trifle sponges together using the strawberry jam. Then soak the trifle sponges with the sherry or brandy and put to one side. You do not need a lot of sherry or brandy, otherwise the sponges will start to break apart.

Set aside 6-8 strawberries of the same size for decoration. Slice the rest of the strawberries lengthways, trying to make sure all the strawberries are a similar size.

Make the strawberry jelly by adding hot water as per the instructions on the packet. Leave the jelly to thicken slightly otherwise it will soak in to the sponges (you can even put the jelly in the fridge for a few minutes).

In the meantime, place the soaked trifle sponges in the bottom of the glass bowl at an angle (see the image below as to how I have placed them). Place the sliced strawberries on top and around the sponges. Make sure you also place the strawberries around the side of the bowl showing off your presentation skills.


Once you’re happy with the way your strawberries are placed, slowly pour the jelly over the sponge fingers and strawberries, making sure it gets in to all the gaps. The sponge, fruit and jelly should fill three quarters of the glass bowl

Cover with clingfilm and chill for at least an hour, possibly longer, until set. Once the jelly is fully set, add a thick layer of the Madagascan vanilla custard so it sits just below the rim of the glass bowl. Leave to chill and let the custard set.

For the trifle I made for Freddie and Jason, I piped the whipped cream using a simple piping bag. Give it a try too! Whip the cream until it thickens and holds peak (please do not use squirty cream!) then place the cream in to the piping bag filling half way. Create circular swirls gently on top of the custard. If you are not confident enough to try the piping bag method, when you are adding the custard, leave around 3cm from the top of the bowl in order to add your layer of whipped cream with a spoon.

Now slice the 6-8 strawberries you put aside earlier, in half, and place on top of your trifle remembering that presentation is very important. Finally grate the chocolate all over the trifle then chill until you cannot resist eating it any longer!


Be creative – This is such a simple but luxurious dessert that it allows you to experiment with it. Add different types of fruit (sliced peaches would work really well) and if you have a particular sweet tooth, then add a spoon of icing sugar to the cream before whipping.

If you want to make your own custard you can follow this easy recipe:

  • 1litre milk

  • 8 egg yolks

  • 140g vanilla sugar

  • 3 tbsp cornflour

3 tbsp plain flour

  1. Heat the milk in the saucepan until it comes just up to the boil, then take off the heat immediately. In a bowl, beat together the egg yolks, vanilla sugar and flours. Pour the milk slowly over the egg mix, beating well.

  2. Return the mixture to the pan and place over a low heat, stirring for 8-10 mins until the mixture thickens. Remove and let cool before before adding to the trifle. If the custard does not thicken properly, add a little more conflour and stir over a low heat.

Let me know how you get and you can always send me pictures of your finished dish via Twitter or Facebook.

Aly Jason Manford


What’s Cooking?

After a busy first half of the year recording and airing the second series of All Round to Mrs Brown’s, being a guest chef on This Morning with Phil and Holly and working in Florida for over six weeks as well as looking after Brendan O’Carroll and his guests for his celebrity charity golf tournament ‘Crystal Mickey’, I’m hoping the second half of the year might be less hectic. But I doubt it!

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support and best wishes you’ve given me, especially whilst I’ve been on TV and learning a another new skill. I’ll keep you updated when I’m on your TV screens next but it’s lovely seeing the nice messages on the Chef Aly Facebook and Twitter sites. Reggae!!


This Week on All Round to Mrs. Brown’s

This week Chef Aly is cooking in the kitchen for Marvin and Rochelle Humes and their mums, plus comedian, writer and actor Alan Davies with music by Picture This.

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What will our chef cook up for our lucky guests this week? Tune into BBC One or RTE One this Saturday at 9:10pm to find out

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All Round to Mrs. Brown’s Series Two

She’s back! And your favourite chef is back in the kitchen with her! 

Chef Aly Series 2

We go Round to Mrs. Brown’s this weekend guests include Danny Dyer and Amir Khan. What kind of delicious dishes will Chef Aly cook up and what kind of shenanigans will Agnes get up to in the kitchen?! Join us this Saturday at 9:20pm on BBC One to find out!

Are you ready to reggae?


All Round to Mrs. Brown’s Scottish BAFTA Win!

We here at Chef Aly Catering are delighted to be a part of a BAFTA award winning show!

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We are delighted to announce that All Round to Mrs. Brown’s won the Best Entertainment BAFTA at last night’s awards ceremony.

This calls for a very big REGGAE!!!

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Vote for All Round to Mrs. Brown’s in the TV Choice Awards

All Round to Mrs. Brown’s has been nominated in the Best Entertainment Show category of the TV Choice Awards

You can vote here

Lets get ready to reggae!

What’s Cooking on the Final Show?

The last in series of All Round To Mrs Brown’s, Agnes packs the house full of guests including Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker and her mum and West End legend Michael Ball.

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Chef Aly cooks up Sunetra’s favourite dish with a twist, prawn curry with lobster.

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He also builds a spectacular croquembouche, which is a tower of profiteroles! A real show stopper!

How’s that for ending the series on a high?!

Chef Aly Croquembouche


What’s Cooking on All Round to Mrs. Brown’s this week?

All Round to Mrs. Brown’s returns for more anarchic Saturday night entertainment, with a host of guests including choirmaster Gareth Malone and his mammy, who Chef Aly cooks up a very special treat for!

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Agnes’ favourite Chef Aly cooks up more favourites for our guests to try, including lamb with a North African twist and a decadent chocolate fondant.

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It gets the mammy seal of approval!

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Will it get the audience seal of approval? Tune in to find out! BBC One at 9:15pm

All Round to Mrs. Brown’s What’s Cooking This Week?

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This week on All Round to Mrs. Brown’s, our reggae chef is cooking some delectable dishes for Agnes’ celebrity guests.

Cooking for Diversity’s Ashley Banjo, Chef Aly presents a spicy tuna pasta.

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For afters, he whips up a lemon meringue pie.

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What will our celebs and studio audience think of this week’s creations? Tune in to find out! This Saturday, BBC One at 9:15pm

Sneak Preview of Chef Aly’s Menu for All Round to Mrs. Brown’s

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Chef Aly is back in Agnes Brown’s kitchen cooking up a storm! This week he cooks Kevin Bridges’ favourite lasagne with Italian sausage and a creamy mango posset. Yum!

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Italian Sausage Lasagne

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Creamy Mango Posset