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Thursday 7 March 2013

Sluttishly Sweet: Boozy Rhubarb and Ginger Trifle

I love trifles, especially boozy ones, Christmas is not complete unless I've poured half a bottle of sweet sherry into a trifle, but trifles aren't just for Christmas they're FOR LIFE. This may be a bit of a controversial point but you wont find any jelly in my trifles, no siree you can keep your jelly for making Laura B's amazing Giant Boozy Jaffa Cake  or perhaps my gory Eyeball Jellies if you're feeling a bit macabre, basically anywhere except in a trifle near me.

Forced rhubarb from the Yorkshire Triangle is in the shops right now, its young and quite tender but the sourness will depend on your variety so vary how much sugar you use to your own taste. You don't have to add the booze and if you're not a fan of rum then Amaretto works really well, you could also substitute the ginger biscuits for amaretti if you have them but I adore ginger biscuits (our next Just Desserts theme is Fred & Ginger so if you do too then get involved). This dish works best when eaten straight away so you can make the rhubarb compote and whip the cream in advance then throw it together just before you dig in if you have people round for tea.

Boozy Rhubarb and Ginger Trifle (serves 6)
You will need:
  • 350g fresh rhubarb, chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 8 heaped tblsp vanilla sugar (or regular caster sugar and add 1 capful vanilla extract)
  • 200ml water (roughly)
  • 1 x 250 loaf Jamaican ginger cake
  • 50ml spiced rum (I used Kraken)
  • 150g ginger biscuits
  • 1 x 500g pot fresh custard
  • 1 x 300ml whipping cream
  • 2 tblsp stem ginger syrup 
Make it!
  1. Put your rhubarb, sugar and water in a saucepan and heat gently until the fruit has softened. You can add more sugar and water if you feel it needs it. Then leave to cool.
  2. Slice your cake and arrange the pieces to cover the bottom of your trifle serving bowl, pour over the rum. Spoon over the cold rhubarb mixture.
  3. Bash the biscuits so they are crumbled but still have chunks of biscuit and arrange half over the rhubarb.
  4. Cover with a layer of cold custard.
  5. Whip the cream whilst adding the ginger syrup, you want it reasonably firm so it can hold the topping, then carefully pile it on top of the custard layer then finally top with the remaining crushed biscuits.
  6. Eat straight away.


  1. Love this idea! I actually just made my first trifle, a red velvet one (and blogged about it too of course. I see more triflin' in my future... Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow Hazel, look at that beast! It looks like a renaissance chalice. Also, Kraken rum and ginger cake: YES.

    1. I adore Kraken rum, the fact that it comes in a gorgeous bottle too gives it double points :)


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