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  1. Ingredients (serves 8)

  2. 450g date and walnut cake, crusts trimmed, cut lengthwise into 3cm-thick slices (see top tips)

  3. 125ml (1/2 cup) apricot brandy or liqueur (see top tips)

  4. 1 apricot, stoned, very thinly sliced

  5. Slivered pistachios and ground cinnamon, to serve

  6. Apricot and rosewater jelly

  7. 4 x 5g leaves titanium-strength gelatine (see top tips)

  8. 405ml can apricot nectar

  9. 55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar

  10. 1 tbs rosewater (see top tips)

  11. 2 apricots, stoned, cut into wedges

  12. Pistachio custard

  13. 80g pistachios, roasted

  14. 600ml thickened cream

  15. 6 egg yolks

  16. 110g (1/2 cup) caster sugar

  17. 1 tbs cornflour

  18. Green food colouring

  19. Cinnamon cream

  20. 250ml (1 cup) thickened cream

  21. 1 1/2 tbs icing sugar

  22. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

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  1. To make jelly, soak gelatine in a bowl of cold water for 3 minutes to soften. Place nectar, sugar and 100ml water in a small saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Squeeze excess water from gelatine, add to nectar mixture with rosewater, then cook, stirring, until gelatine dissolves. Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a 3L trifle dish. Cool slightly, then arrange apricot wedges in jelly mixture. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set.

  2. To make custard, process pistachios in a food processor until finely chopped. Bring cream to the boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk yolks, sugar and cornflour in a large bowl until thick and pale. Whisking continuously, gradually pour cream into yolk mixture, then return mixture to pan. Stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat for 5 minutes or until thick enough to coat the back of spoon (do not boil). Remove from heat. Stir in pistachios, then a few drops of food colouring, if using, to tint pale green. Transfer to a bowl. Cover surface closely with plastic wrap to prevent a skin forming, cool slightly, then refrigerate until needed.

  3. Place cake slices over jelly layer in trifle dish, trimming slices to fit so that the jelly is completely covered with cake. Drizzle cake with brandy, then spoon over pistachio custard. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours for flavours to infuse.

  4. To make cinnamon cream, using an electric mixer, whisk all ingredients in a bowl to soft peaks.

  5. Spoon cinnamon cream over custard layer. Top with apricot slices, scatter with slivered pistachios and dust with cinnamon to serve.


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