This makes a BIG trifle part 1: Ginger Syrup about 2 thumbs worth of ginger, peeled and matchsticked 1 cup sugar 1 cup water mix together in saucepan, bring to boil, down to simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool. Strain. Part 2: Cake Make a gingerbread in a 10 inch round cake pan. Usually I would make a real gingerbread but time and tiredness conspired against me, I used a mix. Using a 10 inch pan makes a thinner cake. Allow cake to sit out overnight, uncovered, to dry a bit. Chop into squares. part 3: The Fruit Chop and mix together, one large pear (hopefully the goat boy at lunds will pack your pear at the bottom of the bag and mash it up a bit, it really adds a nice dimension to the overall dish), one large apple, a handful of dried medjool dates and some toasted walnuts. Drizzle with ginger syrup, add cardamom, allspice and cinnamon. part 4: The Whipped Cream Whip heavy cream adding however much sugar you normally add, a cap of vanilla and a healthy dash each of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cardamom and nutmeg (I went light on the nutmeg, it can be strong). Part 5: Assembly Layer cake, drizzle with ginger syrup, layer fruit, layer whipped cream. Repeat ending as often as possible, ending with whipped cream, sprinkle walnuts on top and use the entire dish to taunt your sister who only stopped by to say hi and drop off presents and refuses to stay to help alleviate the mom-pressure. -- ..:Heather:. www.velvet-c.com Step off, beyotches, I'm the roflpimp!