Very Berry Italian Trifle for Valentine’s Day

Buon San Valentino Everyone!

I am so glad that Valentine’s Day is finally here in this cold winter that we’re having! Such a sweet little holiday to break up the monotony of this time of year!  Because it’s the special day that we celebrate ‘amore’, I decided to prepare a romantic recipe from Nigella Lawson’s collection:  Italian Trifle, a creamy, dreamy dessert that is seductively red with the juice of berries, sweetened with Italian Mascarpone cheese and Amaretto cookies, and then spiked with some Italian Limoncello. Now that ought to get someone’s attention and warm their heart!.

I’ve included the recipe with the adjustments that I made to the original recipe:  First of all I added alot more sugar to the ‘custard’. I also decreased the amount of Limoncello because it makes the custard somewhat bitter (or else just add more sugar and taste as you go).

You’ll find that this is a very special dessert, stunning in presentation, and all around delicious! This lemony, almondy, cream-swathed berry delight lends well to a perfect ending for a romantic dinner with your sweetheart or your friends!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Very Berry Anglo Italian Trifle

What You Need:

  • 8 trifle sponges or a sponge cake, cut into slices
  • 1 cup red currant jelly
  • 8 - 10 Amaretto cookies (the hard version)
  • 1/2 cup Limoncello
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 16 oz. blackberries
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups Mascarpone cheese


  • Split the trifle sponges and make little sandwiches of them by spreading 1/4th of the jelly in each, then place them into the base of your glass bowl.
  • Grind up the Amaretto cookies in a food processor.
  • Sprinkle most of these evenly over the sponges and reserve some crumbs for sprinkling over the top at the end.
  • Pour half of the Limoncello over these.
  • Put the remaining jelly into a wide saucepan with the lemon juice and melt over a low heat.
  • Add the blackberries and turn up the heat for a minute or so just until the juices start running.
  • Pour berry mixture over the sponge sandwiches to cover and let sit while you complete the rest of the recipe.
  • With a hand-held electric mixer, mix the egg yolks with the sugar until you have a thick smooth yellow paste.
  • Add in the remaining Limoncello and continue mixing until you have a light mousse mixture.
  • Mix in the Mascarpone cheese until everything is smoothly combined.
  • Finally, in another bowl, whisk the egg whites until firm.
  • Fold these into the lemony, egg-y Mascarpone mixture.
  • Spread this gently over the blackberries in the glass bowl.
  • Cover the assembled trifle with plastic cling wrap and leave in the fridge for the flavors and textures to steep and meld for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
  • Take the trifle out of the fridge for about 40 minutes to an hour before it’s needed to get to a cool room temperature.
  • Sprinkle remaining amaretto cookie crumbs on top
  • Optional:
  • Not long before you want to serve, toast some flaked almonds by tossing them in a dry, oil-less pan over medium heat until they are turning gold and flashed bronze in parts, then lay then on to a plate.
  • When they’re cool, mix them with the reserved amaretto crumbs.
  • Sprinkle the nuts and crumbs over the trifle top.
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  1. wow this is magnificiant!

  2. oh wow love trifle looks amazing

  3. Did I see lemoncello? Sounds divine – trust Nigella! Hey, you don’t know cold until you have visited the Canadian prairies – wanna come up? lol

  4. It looks beautiful! The colors of the custard and berries make a wonderful contrast on colors and textures.

  5. Oh my gosh Roz this is superb!

  6. I love this! Lemoncello is a great addition to a trifle… really kicks it up a notch from sherry!

  7. I can’t wait for blackberry season!!!!!!!!

  8. Totally delicious. I could start eating that trifle and not stop until it was all gone.

  9. This is a beautiful dish, Roz! I love how you described the berries as cream-swathed. This is making me very hungry this morning:D Great choice for Valentine’s Day!

  10. MMmmmm. . . . . . . gaining pounds as I just drool over these deserts!

  11. My neighbor made me some lemoncello, this would be the perfect treat to take to her as a thank you.

  12. Truly a berry romantic choice…..

    Que Magnifigue este…bravo!!!!

  13. That looks perfectly amazing.

  14. Wow Roz!Wonderful Trifle!
    I hope you had a perfect Valentine’s day like your Trifle!
    Ciao amica,a presto

  15. Such a gorgeous trifle and the ingredients are perfect! Great pick!

  16. What a gorgeous trifle – it looks so decadent and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  17. Yummy!!!

    I’m following you from Friday Follow!

  18. Oooooooooooh, that’s purty! What a festive and delicious Valentine’s Day dessert!

  19. Following from the Friday Follow! Hope to see you at soon!

  20. special indeed! Anything with mascarpone, cake and berries is bound to be good.

    Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s day!

  21. This dessert sums up the holiday perfectly! Bella (or is it bellissimo??)! Please excuse my attempt at Italian. It’s just such a fun language, I can’t resist!

  22. umm…yeah you had me at Trifle! Happy FF! I hope following your blog doesn’t make me fat heehee :-)

  23. Yum-O!

    Following you from Friday Follow.

    Happy Happy Friday!


  24. wow! I definitely sticking around this blog! Can’t wait to try some of these recipes! Friday Following!

    Alicia from Coffee Mugs and Sippy Cups

  25. Hey there! Stopping by for a visit from Friday Follow! Have a FABULOUS weekend…hope to see you soon!

    That recipe looks amazing…think I’m gonna try it this weekend!

  26. I will have to pass this blog around to my family. I am a first generation American but my whole family was born in Sicily. So I am sure we have some similar recipes.

  27. hi,

    I’m a new follower from Friday Follow

    Hope you have a great weekend

  28. Yummy!!!

    Happy Friday!! I am a new follower!!


  29. Beautiful blog! I’m Italian…and of course, love to eat! Love your recipes!

    Happy “Friday Follow”!! I’m your newest follower! Love for you to come visit me!

    Have a great weekend :)
    ~Shelley @ Shelley’s Swag

  30. Oh my gosh this looks incredible!
    Thanks for finding me on FF, I’m also following your blog. Thanks for compliments! Your blog is beautiful as well! I look forward to all this yummy stuff and your posts!

  31. Your recipes are magnificent! I’ve visited both Rome and Venice and loved them. The food was wonderful; the classic design was fantastic, and the people warm and hospitable. I read you’re an educator, I confess up front my comma usage is deplorable! I have a couple lovely English teachers who follow my blog, and cringe each time they visit. It’s nice to meet you via Follow Friday. I appreciate your kind complement, and have thoroughly enjoyed my inspirational visit to your site.

  32. Just stopping in to see how you are! This is, as always, gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it!

  33. That looks amazing! Happy SITs Saturday Sharefest!

  34. Wow, that looks so good! I need to get into the kitchen!


  35. Looks amazing!!
    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!!

  36. Since I am really into healthy eating, I am all about presentation. The trifle looks so pretty. You could easily do something similar in a low-fat version using angel food cake too.

    I’d love to see you do some recipes makeovers. I’m not a fabulous cook, but I do like to try new things from time to time.

  37. I have half a bottle of homemade Limoncello,blackberries in the freezer, and this dessert is calling my name.

  38. LOVE my trifle bowl the possibilities are endless, and they always look so pretty! Following you from the blog hop, and what a beautiful blog you have! Hope to see you soon!!~

  39. What a gorgeous dessert! I love to prepare these. I made my very first one last Thanksgiving. I have a similar bowl and it is my very favorite! Beautiful post. I bet it was delicous!

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