Hot Swiss Peach Trifle (Low Calorie)

Hot Swiss Peach Trifle is layers of jelly roll cake, custard, peaches and meringue. Bake up this English dessert perfect for Easter.

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A Hot Swiss Peach Trifle is one of my all-time favorite desserts.  I first had this lovely concoction when I was a child living in England.  My Dad, who was in the Air Force, got stationed in England.  We moved when I was 7 years old.  Shortly thereafter, we became friends with an English family who had a daughter the same age as me.  We were always at each others houses and our families often got together.  One time my friend’s Mom made a Hot Swiss Peach Trifle.  It was love at first bite.  I was already a huge fan of Bird’s Custard but there was something even more special when it was mixed with peaches and a jelly roll.  Although we lost touch many years ago, I still have the recipe.

If you have never had Bird’s custard, I would highly suggest you buy the powder to make it.  My local grocery store carries it in the international section with other English products.  While you could substitute pudding or a pastry cream, it just won’t be the same.  I could eat spoonful after spoonful of this custard.  In fact I loved it when we had a jam tart and custard for school lunch dessert.  Each mouthful was like a beautiful symphony in my mouth.

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For years I had forgotten about this recipe then about 5 years ago we resurrected it.  The trick now is to find a jelly roll or Swiss roll as known in England.  They use to be readily available but not anymore.  Last time I made this, I made my own Jelly roll a few days before then the trifle.  It was so good but a lot of work.  I recently found a jelly roll at an International market not far from our house.  If I don’t have time to make my own jelly roll, I’ll pick one up there.  I have tried pound cake with jam on it but it is not quite the same.  It will do in a pinch though.

Just writing about this trifle is making my mouth drool.  All the flavors mix so well together and it brings me right back to being a 7-year-old.  I adored living in England and really adapted to the lifestyle.  Moreover, I was lucky that my parents decided to live off base and live like the locals.  In addition I went to an English school and had a very English accent.  I’ve been back to England but not the area we lived in.  Hopefully in a year or two we can take our little one to England.  I would love to go back to the village I lived in and see our old house and let her experience all the wonders and history of England.  In the meantime, we can eat our Hot Swiss Peach Trifle and dream of the day.

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Hot Swiss Peach Trifle

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 284 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 1 Jelly Roll store-bought or my recipe
  • 1 can peaches in light syrup 10.5 oz, drained
  • 2 tbsp birds custard powder
  • 2 eggs white and yolks separated
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups 2% fat milk divided
  • 2 tbsp confectioners sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Slice jelly roll into about 9 slices and arrange on the bottom of a 1 1/2 pint over proof round dish.
  3. Top with drained peaches.
  4. In a medium saucepan, whisk together custard powder, egg yolks and sugar with 2 tbsp. milk.
  5. In a small saucepan, heat the rest of the milk until almost boiling.
  6. Whisk hot milk into the custard pan and bring to a boil stirring constantly.
  7. When thick, pour the custard over the peaches.
  8. Place egg whites in a bowl of a stand mixer and whip until soft peaks form.
  9. Slowly add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  10. Spoon the meringue on top of the custard and bake for 20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Hot Swiss Peach Trifle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Sugars 10g
Protein 9g 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. Yum, Yum, Yum!!!!!!!!! One of my favorite deserts.
  2. that looks so good! I really want to try this recipe.
  3. I cannot believe it but you just brought to mind of a desert from when I was in school in Scotland I have tried to tell my sister of this desert and we could never figure out what it was, now we know it was jam tart and custard I can still taste it, thank you so much for filling in a memory
  4. There are no words to describe how delicious this looks. I want some now. The stores here don't have that birds custard powder, but I will keep looking. Thank you millions for sharing. We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
  5. I LOVE BIRDS CUSTARD! I have a can in my cupboard. I am quite an I am going to have to try this trifle. Thank you so much for the recipe.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      You will love it Jenny. I could eat that custard every night. Happy to find someone else who shares my love of all things English.
  6. Katherines Corner says
    oh how scrumptious! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Hop, your participation makes the hop extra special.Big Hugs! P.S. my new giveaway posted yesterday come on over :-)
  7. This looks heavenly! Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday. Hope to see you again soon! Miz Helen
  8. It looks divine! But, I made it today and must say that I found it to sweet, the peaches, custard and the cake roll. I Think that if I should make it again I will choose regular cake and blue berries instead of peaches, maybe that will make it a bit less of a sugar rush. But thanks for the recipe, I enjoyed making it :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Marinda, Sorry you found it too sweet. We will sometimes make it with a pound cake with some no sugar added jelly, but that will add some calories too it. It will cute the sweetness too. Also if you make your own custard, cut some of the sugar from it. Happy Healthy Eating, Christie
  9. I'm English and I don't think you can beat birds custard, I do use single cream and whole milk though and a tiny bit of vanilla paste plus the egg yolks too. (For special occasions only, of course) yeah right. Can any one tell me the correct measurements of American cups please. Every where I look is a bit different. How much is a cup of flour in grams? And a stick of butter ????


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