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  • Ginger Passionfruit Trifle

    I would like to make Nigella's Ginger Passionfruit Trifle but I can't use alcohol. Please can you advise what I can use instead? I have Belvoir Organic Ginger Cordial, but what ratio should I use? Thanks Louise

    From the nigella team:

    Nigella's Ginger Passionfruit Trifle (from Nigella Express) is made using sponge cake and Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine. If you can't use alcohol then there are a couple of alternative routed you could take.

    In the UK you can buy ginger cordials. These are non-alcoholic flavoured syrups which are mixed with water. They can vary in strength, depending on brand, so you may need to use your own taste as a guide. The cordials will need diluting slightly and we would suggest using a stronger mixture than for normal drinks. Try with a mixture of half cordial and half water and see if the strength suits you, if not add a little more water or cordial until you have a mixture that suits you, then use 125ml of this.

    Outside of the UK you may be able to buy Monin ginger syrup or Monin gingerbread syrup. These will also need some diluting before use.

    The other alternative would be to use a ginger flavoured cake and to moisten it with 125ml of orange juice.

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