I bet though, if you made a proper jelly with fruit juice, fresh berries, real custard with vanilla beans, fresh sponge, lightly whipped cream...that might actually be nice.
That would be a lot of work, but delicious.
I have only started making trifles in the last couple of years and I have people begging me to make this particular one (it has no alcohol because the kids eat it).
I make a jelly using cranberry juice and gelatine. I pour that in a trifle bowl.
Once set I place savoradi (sp?) biscuits (or sponge finger biscuits around the edge with the bottoms cut a little so they can stand up. I then make up a stiff custard from scratch. I crumble some sponge fingers in the middle and pour the custard over the top. Back in the fridge to set - it is better if it sits for a day or two before serving. When I'm ready to serve I whip up cream and then place cherries half dipped in white chocolate on top.
Looks AMAZING and tastes great!
That sounds wonderful!
There is a place near me that sells all kinds of frozen berries, including purees. I've used both raspberry and strawberry purees recently to make jelly for trifle (just water down a bit and add some gelatin). Delicious, 'real' tasting and only slightly less convenient than packet jelly.
I don't think the alcohol will be missed if you use better quality ingredients.