And now, for the show-stopper we've all been waiting for: the Tonic Jelly Trifle! Our final Christmas Immunity recipe contains the ever-nutritious elderberry as well as some trusty Elderberry & Blackcurrant flavour high-dose immunity sachets so you can have your (immune-friendly) trifle and eat it too!
Recipe for the Tonic Jelly Trifle
- 600g frozen summer berries (raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants)
- 150g frozen elderberries
- 200g caster sugar
- 2 sachets of Tonic Elderberry & Blackcurrant
- 9 sheets leaf gelatine
- 75g custard powder
- 1.2ml milk
- 1 ½ - 2 madeira cakes
- 4 tbsp sherry or cassis
- 300ml-450ml double cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- Place the berries in a pan with 150g sugar and 1 litre of water, and bring to a gentle simmer. Stir in the contents of the Elderberry & Blackcurrant sachets.
- Cook for 2 mins, then remove 6 tbsp fruit and 150ml juice; keep to one side. Continue to cook the remaining fruit in the pan for 5 mins.
- Meanwhile, soak 9 sheets of leaf gelatine in cold water.
- Crush or blend the fruit, then strain into a large bowl, pushing the pulp through so only the skins and seeds remain.
- Squeeze excess water from the gelatine, add to the hot fruit syrup and stir to dissolve. Cool, then chill until the point of almost setting.
- Make the custard according to pack instructions with 75g custard powder, 1.2l milk and 50g caster sugar to create a thick custard.
- Pile 1½ - 2 cubed madeira cakes into a trifle bowl, spoon over the reserved juice and berries, then add 4 tbsp sherry or cassis.
- Add a thick layer of custard, leave to cool and set with a skin.
- When the custard is cold and set, and the jelly is on the point of setting, spoon the jelly over the custard and chill until ready to complete.
- Whip 300 - 450ml double cream with 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tbsp icing sugar until just holding its shape, then spoon round the bowl over the set jelly.
Did you know?
- The Elder Wand, which plays a key role in the final Harry Potter book, is made from the brand of an elderberry tree!
- Blackcurrants are packed with antioxidants that are particularly beneficial to cognitive function and skin, but blackcurrant leaves are a real superstar; they have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antitoxic, and antiseptic properties!