How can the Platinum Jubilee Lemon Trifle boost your vision?

01 June 2022

Author: Kate Green

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Celebrate 70 years with a vision-boosting pudding


With the four day weekend just round the corner, plenty of us are looking at ways to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. You may have heard about the competition to find a new national pudding to celebrate this momentous occasion and it just so happens that the competition crowned its winner, Jemma Melvin, who created the most stunning lemon trifle.


This truly is a decadent dessert full of sugar, cream and all things sweet. To make us feel a little better about such an indulgent pudding, we thought we could look into some of the health benefits of a few of the ingredients. There are a number of foods and vitamins which are good for our eye health, and the lemon trifle actually contains some ingredients with vitamins known to provide an eye-related boost.


We’re going to look into vitamin C which can be found in the lemons, oranges and mandarins featured in the trifle. You’ll be pleased to know that the recipe features five whole lemons, as well as extra lemon juice, three oranges, and more than 1kg of tinned mandarins, providing you with plenty of vitamin C.


How does vitamin C boost your eye health?


Vitamin C is great for your overall eye health and has been proven to lower your risk of developing cataracts. It can also reduce your chance of experiencing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) later in life, as well as providing a great boost to the health of your retinal blood vessels. Vitamin C also benefits the delicate capillaries in your retina, improving the blood flow there and, in turn, boosting your eye health.


Studies on 324 pairs of identical twins linked higher vitamin C intake to slower progression of cataracts. While consumption of foods with vitamin C can delay the onset of cataracts and AMD, it can’t entirely prevent them from forming later in life. In order to delay the onset of cataracts, around 300mg of daily vitamin C consumption is advised, and for AMD prevention, 500mg is recommended.


Which foods contain vitamin C?


You can find vitamin C in a wide range of foods, particularly in citrus fruits which are what we’re focusing on today. However, vitamin C is also present in:

  • Strawberries
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Leafy greens
  • Brussels sprouts

… to name but a few!


It is generally advised that women need 75mg of vitamin C a day, rising to 90mg for men, 120mg for breastfeeding women and 85mg for pregnant women. Vitamin C supplements are also available to take, but you should be able to hit these vitamin C targets simply by eating a well-balanced diet. You can read about the top 10 foods which benefit your eye health here.


Platinum Jubilee lemon trifle recipe


As delicious as the recipe for this trifle looks, there’s no denying that it’s a lengthy process with a great number of steps. If you were to prepare everything from scratch, you’ll be hard at work in the kitchen for over 2 hours. However, lots of the components of the trifle can be shop-bought if you’re looking for shortcuts and ways to save on washing up.


The full list of ingredients, with vitamin C rich ingredients bolded, is as follows:


For the Swiss rolls

  • 4 large free-range eggs
  • 100g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 100g self-raising flour, sieved
  • butter, for greasing

For the lemon curd

  • 4 large free-range egg yolks
  • 135g granulated sugar
  • 85g salted butter, softened
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 80ml fresh lemon juice

For the St Clement’s jelly

  • 6 gelatine leaves
  • 4 unwaxed lemons
  • 3 oranges
  • 150g golden caster sugar


For the custard

  • 425ml double cream
  • 3 large free-range egg yolks
  • 25g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp lemon extract


For the amaretti biscuits

  • 2 free-range egg whites
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 170g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp amaretto
  • butter or oil, for greasing


For the chunky mandarin coulis

  • 4x tins mandarins, around 300g each
  • 45g caster sugar
  • 16g arrowroot (2 sachets)
  • Half a lemon, juice only


For the jewelled chocolate bark

  • 50g mixed peel
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar (optional)
  • 200g white chocolate, broken into pieces


To assemble

  • 600ml/20fl oz double cream


To read the method steps for the trifle, head to the BBC food website. Be warned – it’s a long read but it’s sure to create a delicious sweet treat to help celebrate the Platinum Jubilee long weekend! Packed full of citrus fruit, there are some benefits for your eye health as the pudding adds nicely to your daily vitamin C total.


Happy Platinum Jubilee!

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