What's the secret to a great trifle? According to an old-fashioned American recipe, the answer is stale cake, jam (not fruit), and a stiff shot of sherry.
Why This Recipe Works
Starting with a classic Southern rendition of trifle called Tipsy Squire, we wanted our recipe for this dessert to taste as good as it looked. For this trifle, we used stale sponge cake, which absorbs liquid without turning mushy. For deep fruit flavor without a watery texture, we used jam, not fresh fruit. Finally, we topped our Tipsy Squire with small almond macaroons for their bold flavor and crisp texture.