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This watermelon and raspberry trifle is a tasty twist on tradition this Christmas

Harry Styles may sing the praises of "Watermelon Sugar" but watermelon and raspberry trifle is where it's really at.
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For the Christmas traditionalists, it’s not the festive season without a feast that is given the perfect finishing touch with a trifle for dessert.

This recipe gives a modern and summery twist on an old favourite and we bet you can’t wait to try it.

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Serves 10, Prep and Cook 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

540g packet Super Moist Vanilla Cake Mix

¼ cup white rum

3 x 125g punnets raspberries

2 cups vanilla bean custard

300ml tub thickened cream, whipped

Pistachio praline, to decorate (see Tip)

Watermelon Jelly

12 cups chopped seedless watermelon flesh (about ½ medium watermelon)

 ¾ cup caster sugar

 ¼ cup gelatine powder


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METHOD

1 Grease a 21cm x 28cm dish (14-cup capacity). Line base and sides with plastic wrap, overhanging sides by 5cm.

2 To make watermelon jelly, process watermelon flesh in batches until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve. Discard pulp. Rinse strainer. Line with two layers of muslin. Strain juice into a jug. 

Watermelon raspberry trifle
(Credit: New Idea Food/ Supplied)

3 Place 1½ cups of the juice into a saucepan with sugar. Stir over a medium heat until dissolved. Don’t boil. Sprinkle over gelatine. Remove from heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in remaining juice. Pour into prepared dish. Refrigerate until set.

4 Grease a 20cm x 30cm lamington pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, extending paper 3cm above pan edges. Make cake mix according to packet directions. Pour into prepared pan.

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5 Cook in a moderately slow oven (160C) for about 20 minutes, or until firm. Stand for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Cut half the cake into 3cm squares. Place in a bowl. Sprinkle with rum. Reserve remaining cake for another use.

6 To assemble, cut jelly into 3cm cubes. Place half in a trifle dish (9-cup capacity). Top with soaked cake, berries and custard, then remaining jelly and whipped cream. Decorate with praline.

TIP Cook 1 cup caster sugar in a saucepan over a low heat, without stirring, until starting to dissolve. Stir once. Cook, swirling pan, until deep golden. Add 1 cup pistachios. Stir. Pour on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Stand until set. Break into shards.

Want more trifle recipes? Check out the links below!

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