A Trifle is a Dessert dish made from thick (or often solidified) custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers in a pretty glass bowl. The earliest known recipe for “Trifle” was published in a book called "The good housewife's Jewell" by Thomas Dawson. in 1596 in England. The ingredients for this first Trifle Recipe was thick cream flavoured with sugar, ginger and rosewater pored over slices of Sponge Cake. Sixty years later, milk custard was added to the list of ingredients and the custard was poured over alcohol soaked bread.
A Trifle Pudding is often used for decoration as well as taste, incorporating the bright, layered colours of the fruit, jelly, egg custard, and the contrast of the cream. Some trifles contain a small amount of alcohol such as port, or, most commonly, sweet sherry or madeira wine. Non-alcoholic versions may use fruit juices or soft drinks such as ginger ale, lemonade etc instead, as the liquid is necessary to moisten the cake layers.
Trifle Puddings are often served at in Anglo-Indian Homes at Christmas time, sometimes as a lighter alternative to the much denser Christmas pudding. No specific recipe need be followed for preparing a Trifle. It all depends on the availability of the ingredients. One can mix and match in a Trifle and just innovate.

 Here is an easy recipe for HIDE AND SEEK BANANA TRIFLE PUDDING
Serves 6

500 grams sponge cake
20 Hide and Seek Chocolate Biscuits or any other Chocolate Biscuits or Cookies
3 tablespoons sugar
2 cups fresh Cream
½ teaspoon Vanilla essence
2 ripe bananas sliced
8 cherries chopped
Some chopped nuts for garnishing

1  Mix the cream, sugar, and vanilla essence together in a large bowl, and beat till smooth

2. Take a flat bottomed dish and spread a small amount of cream mixture on the bottom of it.  Slice the cake thinly into small pieces and lay them as the bottom layer in the glass dish

3. Spread cream mixture on top of the layer of cake

4. Now arrange the biscuits in rows so that cream layer is covered with biscuits.

5. Spread a layer of the cream mixture on top of Biscuit layer

6. Now spread a layer of the sliced bananas on the Cream Mixture layer

6. Continue layering the cake, biscuit, banana and cream mixture until finished.

6. The last layer should be cream. Smoothen out the top layer of cream using a spatula. Garnish with chopped cherries and nuts. Chill and serve when required

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