Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Caramel Apple Trifle

I absolutely love trifle!!  It is such a great dessert because it can be done so many ways, it feeds a lot of people, and it always looks so pretty.  I made this for a Halloween party and it was a favorite with everyone, even the kiddos.  Feel free to experiment with ingredients because there are so many combinations that would work.

3 T. butter
4 c. chopped, cored, peeled tart apples (about 5)
1 c. chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
2 t. cinnamon, divided
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 jar caramel ice cream topping
12 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
2 loaves frozen pound cake, thawed and cut into 1-inch pieces

1.  In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in apples, walnuts, brown sugar and 1 t. cinnamon.  Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring every couple minutes, until apples are soft.  Remove from heat when done and let apples cool.

2.  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Beat in a 1/2 cup of caramel topping and rest of cinnamon.  Fold in 2 cups of the Cool Whip.  Set aside.

3.  To assemble, use a 3 1/2 qt trifle dish or a large bowl, layer a third of the pound cake cubes, cream cheese mixture, and cooled apple mixture.  Repeat layers twice.  Garnish with remaining whipped topping and drizzle with remaining caramel topping--I forgot to do this part, I was in too much of a hurry to serve it--oops!  Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired.  Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.  Enjoy.

Source:  Taste of Home

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