Mary Berry's Christmas sherry trifle with tinned pears. (NOTE: The recipe no longer exists on Lady.co.uk, so follow another trifle recipe by Mary, substituting the fruit for pears, and building the layers to look like the photo above. Also, refer to the tips in the pin "How to make perfect trifle" by Life and Style that appeared in The Guardian newspaper. It's on my "Food - Basics" board.)
Old English Trifle recipe from Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook. English trifle is never made with jelly: just fruit ( this recipe uses tinned but I always use fresh),alcohol soaked sponge,homemade custard and cream as a topping with nuts sprinkled over.