Knickerbocker glory

“The origin of the knickerbocker glory is unknown, although it’s believed to be an English adaptation of a New York favourite that originally consisted of layers of ice cream, fruit syrups and jelly served in a tall glass. It’s a wonderful way of combining your favourite ice cream with seasonal fruit. Here I’ve used field-grown rhubarb, which appears in spring, and combined it with vanilla ice cream, chocolate mousse and ginger honeycomb to produce a show-stopping dessert. If you don’t have special sundae glasses, just pile the layers into wine or beer glasses.” Morfudd Richards


Chocolate Mousee

50g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), broken into pieces
3 eggs, whites only
1 x ½ tbsp caster sugar

Poached Rhubarb

400g rhubarb, washed, trimmed and chopped into 3cm pieces
70g caster sugar

Ginger Honeycomb

1 butter,unsalted for greasing
100g caster sugar
3 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
500ml tub Seriously Creamy Madagascan vanilla ice cream
100ml whipping cream
1 tbsp caster sugar


1. For the chocolate mousse, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water and allow to melt, stirring occasionally; cool. Meanwhile, using electric beaters, whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until stiff. Sprinkle over the caster sugar and whisk for another minute until glossy. Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate until just combined, then whisk briefly at the lowest speed until smooth. Divide between 4 glasses and chill until ready to serve.

2. Next make the poached rhubarb. Place the fruit in a pan with the sugar and 3 tbsp water. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 5 minutes. Cool until ready to serve.

3. To make the ginger honeycomb, grease a non-stick baking tray with a little butter. Put the sugar, golden syrup and ginger in a pan, stir to combine, then place over a low heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat a little and simmer for 5 minutes without stirring. Add the bicarbonate of soda, take the pan off the heat and give it a good stir. The mixture will bubble up. Immediately pour onto the baking tray and allow to cool for about 30 minutes, then bash carefully into chunks with a rolling pin.

4. Just before you’re ready to serve, take the ice cream out of the freezer and leave to soften for 10 minutes. Whip the cream and sugar in a bowl until the cream forms soft peaks. Put a scoop of ice cream on the chocolate mousse, followed by some honeycomb chunks. Spoon the rhubarb on top, followed by another scoop of ice cream. Top with cream and more chunks of honeycomb. Serve immediately.

Knickerbocker glory
  • Preparation time: 1 hour, plus chilling
  • Total time: 1 hour 60 minutes

Makes: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 3409.96kJ
Fat 32.2g
Saturated Fat 20g
Carbohydrate 127g
Sugars 119g
Salt 1.2g

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This recipe was first published in Tue May 15 13:57:00 BST 2012.