Jack Aubrey’s Damn-Your-Eyes Trifle

  • 24 ladyfingers
  • 3 cups Bavarian cream
  • 1 cup British Navy grog
  • 1 cup British Navy rum
  • 20 Italian maraschino cherries
  • 2 Tbsp ras’bry jam
  • 2 large oranges, cut into ¼-inch rounds
  • another orange
  • sprig of mint

Zest the other orange vigorously and mix the zest into the Bavarian cream. In a large round bowl tall enough to fit a cannonball, layer enough ladyfingers to cover the bottom of the bowl. Brush with the rum, then with the grog. Sprinkle 8-10 maraschino cherries and 1 Tbsp of the ras’bry jam over the top, then pour over 1/3 of the Bavarian cream. Repeat with the ladyfingers, then the rum and grog, then the cream, then the additional ingredients, ending with a thick layer of Bavarian cream on top. Arrange the orange slices on top in a circular pattern, reminiscent of a rose. Cover with sailcloth and refrigerate at least 2 hours or preferably overnight.

When ready to serve, uncover the trifle and dust with powdered sugar.