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I created this trifle when I had a ton of lemons left over from a party. I made my own lemon curd and then layered it with cream and ladyfingers soaked in homemade syrup - delicious. If you want to save time you can use store-bought lemon curd. You could also add a layer of fresh berries if you like.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins
3 hrs 10 mins
4 hrs 10 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Lemon Curd:


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar and remove from heat. Allow syrup to cool completely. Stir in juice of 1 lemon.

  • Meanwhile, combine sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir together until well combined. Add eggs and egg yolks. Cook and stir over simmering water until lemon curd thickens, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and beat in butter, 1 cube at a time. Allow to cool for 10 to 20 minutes.

  • Beat cream in a chilled glass or metal bowl using an electric mixer until frothy. Add vanilla sugar gradually, continuing to beat until soft peaks form.

  • Spread 1 layer of lemon curd on the bottom of a glass dish. Dip ladyfingers in the syrup and arrange snugly in a single layer on top. Spread another layer of lemon curd on top. Spread 1 layer of whipped cream on top of the lemon curd.

  • Continue layering soaked ladyfingers, whipped cream, and lemon curd until all ingredients are used up. Finish with a layer of lemon curd. Garnish with remaining whipped cream. Refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts

781 calories; protein 11.3g; carbohydrates 89.9g; fat 44.1g; cholesterol 400.6mg; sodium 139.7mg. Full Nutrition