Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday's Post: Butterscotch Caramel (Decadent) Trifle

Trifle is a delicious dessert that has many variations.  It usually includes some kind of cake, like pound or angel food, cream, and, in the English version, custard. It can also contain, but does not require, spirits such as rum or liquors.

It has roots in England and  has been served for centuries.

I 've made chocolate trifles with brownies, hot fudge sauce, and heavy whipped cream as well as praline and other combinations. Most have had rave reviews.

This past weekend, however, for a family birthday party, I made a butterscotch caramel trifle .  Part of the gift was the trifle container which is a high-sided glass bowl with an attached stand.

Unfortunately, I didn't have packages of English custard on hand so it was made with only four ingredients:  heavy whipped cream, Mrs. Richardson's butterscotch caramel topping, and angel food cake as well as a  Heath bar to grate on top. (A Heath bar is chocolate covered English toffee.)

To the heavy cream, I added two tablespoons of powdered sugar. It has a bit of cornstarch in it which helps the cream stay a little stiff. Also put in a teaspoon of pure vanilla and then whipped the cream  with the electric hand mixer.

Before putting the pieces of cake into the trifle bowl, I spread the sides with the butterscotch sauce and cream. This gave it a luscious looking presentation. Then came small  pieces of  angel food cake alternated with the sauce and whipped cream.   Using  a handheld steel grater, I shaved the Heath bar on top of the whole shabang.

The trifle was simple to make, nice to look at, and everyone seemed to think it was quite delectable.  The only thing I would have done differently is to add whipped cream up to the very top of the trifle bowl.  That would have looked more splendid.


P.S. Suggestion to dessert eaters who  cannot handle sugar:  Make a fruit cup for yourself when trifle is served or be prepared to run for the hills.


From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Your trifle looks decadent and delicious. I have made only one trifle and that was a white chocolate and raspberry. It was for a family party at my sister's house. Everyone raved about it and it was gone in minutes. I ended up giving my little niece the trifle bowl. She was fascinated by the size of it and kept talking about. I haven't made one since because I no longer have a bowl. LOL!!

Linda O'Connell said...

Oh yummy, esay and fun too!

Bookie said...

I can taste the butterscotch! I have made trifles, and one of my favorites is a peach that includes peach brandy. I took it to a teachaer's meeting once forgetting about alcohol and the stiff-thinking folks. It was the best meeting ever and everyone wanted the recipe! I smiled.

Dianne said...

OMG! I'm a freak for caramel...I'd much rather have it than chocolate.... This sounds soooooo gooood....mmmmmm.....

T's Daily Treasures said...

Decadent is right! Heath bars used to be one of my faves. Now my friend Leslie makes real toffee and it is to die for. Thankfully she only makes it at Christmas time! :) I'ver never made a trifle -- but your's looks like it was scrape the bowl good. Happy day to you. Tammy

Chatty Crone said...

I have never made one - but this looked wonderful. sandie

diane stetson said...

Could I please have the calorie count? I'm on my you know what new year's resolution...ha ha ha ha...looks wonderful Susan!

Dayle said...

Looks divine!

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