Free-form trifle with berries and custard


  • 500g/17½oz mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

  • 3 tbsp sugar, or more to taste

  • splash water

  • 500g/17½oz ready-made plain sponge cake

  • 250ml/9fl oz ready-made custard

  • icing sugar, to serve (optional)

Preparation method

  1. Bring the raspberries, blackberries and blueberries to the boil in a saucepan with the sugar and a little water. Simmer for a few minutes until the fruits burst. Set aside.

  2. Slice the sponge cake into thin pieces and place these in a bowl or in four individual soup plates. Spoon over the warm fruits and some of their syrup. Trickle over the custard and, if you wish, dust with icing sugar.

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Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers 1. Making It Up Isn't Making Do bbc_one Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers

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