Grapefruit and Mandarin Trifle Grapefruit and Mandarin Trifle

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Ladyfingers make a great stand-in for cake in this citrus-flavoured trifle. We call for limoncello, but you can substitute any other citrus-flavoured liqueur, if you prefer.

  • Portion size 14 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living: Holiday 2012


Lemon Custard:


Lemon Custard: In large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, 1/2 cup of the milk, the sugar and cornstarch.

In heavy saucepan, heat remaining milk over medium heat just until bubbles form around edge; gradually whisk into yolk mixture. Return to pan and cook, whisking, until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 7 minutes.

Strain through fine sieve into clean bowl; stir in lemon zest and lemon juice. Place plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate until cold, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Meanwhile, slice top and bottom end off each grapefruit; cut down sides to remove peel and pith. Cut between membranes to release segments; cut in half crosswise. In bowl, combine grapefruit with mandarin oranges. Remove 1/3 cup to small bowl; cover and refrigerate.

Line 16-cup (4 L) trifle bowl with one-third of the ladyfingers, breaking to fit if necessary. Drizzle with one-third of the limoncello. Spoon one-third of the custard over top. Top with one-third of the remaining grapefruit mixture. Repeat layers twice. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 12 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Whip cream, sugar and lemon zest; spread over trifle. Garnish with reserved grapefruit mixture.

Nutritional facts Per each of 14 servings: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 56 mg
  • Sugars 29 g
  • Protein 6 g
  • Calories 300.0
  • Total fat 12 g
  • Potassium 224 mg
  • Cholesterol 184 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 40 g


  • Iron 6.0
  • Folate 15.0
  • Calcium 11.0
  • Vitamin A 22.0
  • Vitamin C 37.0
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