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      21.02.2009 20:44
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      Triflr sponges

      Trifle according to Wikipedia is a dessert made from thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly and topped with cream. Once a popular treat at teatime on a Sunday, it is still a favourite at Christmas time but not often served the rest of the year. I decided that I would make one this weekend to use up the trifle sponges.

      At one time I would use some left over Victoria sponge to make a trifle, but as I don't bake as much I have to buy trifle sponges and Tesco have a box of really lovely sponges for only 54p so worth buying for making a trifle.

      *What is the packaging like?*

      A very colourful cardboard box, with photos of individual trifles showing the layers of sponge and raspberry in red jelly, a lovely deep custard layer and topped with whipped cream and decorated with fruit and something crispy. Inside the box are two cellophane packages containing 4 rectangular sponges.

      *What is a trifle sponge?

      I always thought they were hard dry sponges, but Tesco trifle sponges are lovely and moist, with a sugary topping and taste quite nice on their own! They are dense sponge which soaks up liquid and expands, making a lovely fruity sponge base.

      *Good or bad food?*

      Each trifle sponge has 70kcals, there is 1.7grams of protein, 14.1 grams of carbohydrate and only 0.8grams of fat, and a trace of salt. They contain milk, gluten and egg so people with allergies must be aware of this.

      *How do you use them?*

      To make a trifle I break them up in the bottom of a glass dish and sprinkle a little sherry on top, if preferred you can use orange juice or another alcohol. Drain a tin of fruit and add or use fresh raspberries, if you are going to use jelly don't use fresh pineapple as it stops the jelly from setting! You can add jelly and leave to set at this stage or add enough fruit juice to moisten the sponge, but not syrup off fruit. When set pour custard over and leave to set, when cold top with whipped cream and decorate with chocolate shavings or raspberries and almond slivers.

      I have used them in Tiramisu when I've run out of sponge fingers and they work just as well dipped in the coffee and brandy mixture. Another way is to break them up and add to a greased ramekin, with some cherries and sultanas and fill up with egg custard, bake in a tray of hot water at Reg 4 for about 30 minutes until set. This is called Cabinet pudding and if served cold it becomes Diplomat pudding! Rather like a posh Bread and butter pudding.
      There are two recipes on the box too, one for making Trifle and one for Gooseberry layer.

      *Do they keep?*

      Oh No! I should have checked the side of the box, mine were best before the end of January, 3 weeks out of date! They still felt lovely and moist, smelled and tasted fine too, I wouldn't recommend using them out of date, but they seemed perfectly usable. I bought these before Christmas, but would recommend you to check how long they last as using 8 trifle sponges in one go makes a very big trifle so you want to store the remainder for another time. Once open they should be stored in an airtight container.

      *Where were they made?*

      They were produced in the Netherlands for Tesco. I wonder why they weren't made in Britain!

      *Verdict?*

      An excellent little sponge cake to use for trifles or other desserts, tastes good and good value for money at less than 7p a sponge.

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        17.12.2008 19:37
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        Make a great, quick dessert!

        It's nearly Christmas and I hope you've all got your trifle sponges ready!

        I always get a packet of Tesco Trifle Sponges as I usually make at least one trifle during the Christmas festivities and these gorgeous little things make life easy and taste great!

        The sponges come in a pack of eight at a cost of 54p for the pack which makes them just less than 7p each. They come packaged in a cardboard box which protects them and inside the box they are packaged in cellophane in two packs of four. This in itself is a great idea as it means you can use four and the other four will remain fresh until you need them. Each sponge is about 3 inches by 2 inches and about half an inch deep.

        The picture on the front of the box shows two individual fruit trifles which look absolutely delicious! The description of the trifle sponges is 'Deliciously moist sponges coated with a sprinkling of sugar make a perfect trifle in minutes'.

        As with all the Tesco brand items there is a panel of information on the box which gives the calorie, fat, sugar and salt levels in the sponges expressed as a percentage of the average adult daily allowance.

        On the back of the box there is more detailed nutritional information together with the ingredients and a couple of recipe suggestions for your trifles.

        I don't tend to make special recipe trifles though so these are my ideas for the perfect trifle.

        To make what I would consider to be a traditional trifle:

        1. Place a layer of sponges in the bottom of your dish
        2. Pour some sherry onto the sponges so that it is absorbed
        3. Add a layer of tinned fruit salad
        4. Pour on a pint of jelly and allow it to set completely
        5. Pour on a pint of custard or blancmange and allow it to set completely
        6. Decorate the top with whipped cream and sugar strands

        Since I am a Diabetic I make my trifles in a slightly different way so that I can reduce the sugar content to a more reasonable level.

        I still put the trifle sponges in the bowl and add some sherry (well it is Christmas!). I then use a small tin of fruit salad in fruit juice not the one in sugary syrup. The next layer is a pint of sugar free jelly followed by half a pint of no added sugar Angel Delight. If we decide that we want cream as well I just put some Elmlea Light in a jug to be poured on the trifle once it has been served in individual dishes.

        The sponges end up lovely and moist with sherry, fruit juice from the fruit salad and the jelly. The taste is heavenly whether in the traditional trifle or the lower sugar version. I have made my own sponges in the past but these are just as good if not better and for 54p for a pack of eight you can't really go wrong can you?

        You can of course make up your own ideas by just using the sponges with fruit and jelly or spreading jam on the sponges and then topping them with custard etc., just use your imagination!

        The nutritional value per sponge is as follows:
        Calories 70
        Protein 1.7g
        Carbohydrate 14.1g
        Of which sugars 8.2g
        Fat 0.8g
        Of which saturates 0.2g
        Fibre 0.2g
        Salt trace

        They are also suitable for vegetarians and are made in a factory where there are no nuts.

        Go on - buy a pack or two - they're great for a quick, delicious sweet!

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