Last updated on Sep 28th, 2020 at 05:16 am

There are very few foods as festive as trifle! A traditional British dessert, it has been adopted and adapted to suit South African tastes and our wide variety of seasonal fruit (every season). This bright and delicious berry trifle is a beautiful celebration of summer strawberries and fresh pomegranate.

How to choose the sweetest strawberries

Preserved foods have made such a difference to how we eat, we no longer have to eat in season because we have the option of eating imported and tinned fruit. While you have no control over the quality of your tinned strawberries (you get what you get in the tin) picking your fresh strawberries from the grocery store shelf is easy, however, there are still no guarantees on the taste of your berries.

Stack the odds in your favour by picking the brightest coloured berries with fresh-looking green leaves. The leaves on the berries are the easiest way to guess when they were picked because while the strawberry may look fresh after days or even a week, the leaves will wilt and age even with refrigeration.



  • 4 x 80 g packets strawberry jelly
  • 1 punnet strawberries, sliced, reserving some for garnish
  • 2 x 500 g Swiss jam roll, sliced thickly
  • 2 x 1 litre Clover Classic Custard
  • 1 x can 250 g Clover Aerosol Cream
  • pomegranate rubies to garnish



  • Prepare the jelly following the instructions on the packet.
  • Line a 22 cm x 30 cm pan with cling wrap. Pour the jelly into the pan and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.
  • Tip the jelly out of the mould and slice into small pieces.
  • In a large glass bowl (or traditional Trifle bowl), press a few strawberry slices against the glass at the bottom of the bowl, then press in one layer of swiss roll slices, then some cream around the edges, then a layer of jelly, and then a layer of custard.
  • Repeat until you fill the bowl.
  • Top with whipped cream
  • Scatter the strawberries and pomegranate rubies over the top just before serving.



– You can make it even more convenient by buying ready-prepared jelly.

-Make individual trifles by layering the ingredients in a pretty glass for a more formal dessert.

– Make a more adult version by using orange jelly, a chocolate Swiss roll, dark chocolate shavings and cherries to garnish.



The Clover Mama Afrika Project 

 Clover Mama Afrika, Clover’s corporate sustainability initiative, aims to empower women in communities across the nation with various vital skills such as cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, business management, and food gardening. Over and above the training sessions, these “Mamas” are all supplied with the necessary tools, equipment and infrastructure to create an income for themselves for them to give back to their communities. They are particularly proud of one of their Mama Afrikas who has been with them for 10 years.











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Recipe Courtesy of Clover from The best of Clover World cookbook