Wednesday 6 January 2016

Caramel apple trifle made with salted caramel sauce

As the end of the year rushed towards me, I looked in the fridge at the salted caramel custard I bought on sale which sat in the fridge next to the butter and cream that I had bought for Christmas.  Then it struck me!  Trifle!  Caramel sauce!  And so dessert for New Year's Eve was conceived.

This was not to be the sponge cake, custard and jelly trifle my mum excels at.  I decided upon a salted caramel and apple flavour.  Sylvia and I trawled the supermarket for pannetone and only found madeira cake.  I went to a nearby Italian shop where I bought a large pannetone for $10 and had a small plain one thrown in for Sylvia.  She is not keen on sultanas, peel or any other bits!

This was my first trifle I had made.  I avoid them because I don't make jelly.  Unlike my mum.  I do love pannetone in trifle.  I decided to make a caramel sauce and then was overwhelmed by the online tyranny of choice.  Fortunately I had recently seen an easy one on Munchies and Munchkins.  And so once Sylvia was finally asleep I made one.  It was so thin and I was tired.  Finally I reasoned it would cool on the pannetone.

I bought a tin of pie apples.  They were ok but could have been better.  I decided more caramel sauce would make them better.  I had visions of beautiful layers of trifle.  (Too much pinterest!)  So I tell you what I will do next time.
  • I will make the caramel sauce further ahead so it thickens more.  
  • I will do on top layer not two layers of custard and I will not use a tub of custard that is too soft (and will remember that is probably better to have had a look in the tub before making the trifle).  
  • I will fry fresh apple slices in butter and brown sugar to caramelise them.  
  • Finally on top will be a heap of caramelised walnuts (1/2 cup walnuts and 1/4 cup brown sugar on the fry pan) with fudge chunks tumbling over them and caramel sauce drizzled all over.
This is not a negative comment on the trifle but more like my recipe notes to refer back to next time I have the notion to make a trifle.

We sort of enjoyed the trifle but I was pretty full from haggis tacos and it was such a mess.  I think the best bit was that I was really proud of my salted caramel sauce.  I could have just had the sauce and been very happy.  It was great drizzled over the trifle.  Then I had to lie on the couch and groan because I was so very full.  We forgot to put brandy cream on E's serving but I think he was so full he didn't mind.

We had heaps of trifle leftover.  I decided to take over half the trifle to my parents house the next day.  I know my dad likes trifle and, at a pinch, their chooks will eat anything.  I was very pleased that the trifle was served for dessert and polished off.  My dad ate his serve happily but was so surprised to offered more "trifle" that he had to google trifle to check if it was indeed a trifle.  Google said Yes!

We finished the rest of it off that evening at home.  Then we just had some caramel sauce leftover.  It lasted us about a week.  I kept it in the fridge where it was quite thick.  It could be gently warmed to pouring consistency in the microwave.  I will admit to sneaking the odd spoonful straight from the jug but it was also very good drizzled over ice cream.

More chilled desserts from Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Caramel chocolate cheesecakes
Choc-nut banana and fruit kebabs (gf, v)
Pine-berry fruit salad (gf, v)
Strawberry soup (gf, v)
Vegan peach cheesecake (gf, v)  

Caramel apple trifle
An original Green Gourmet Giraffe recipe - work in progress
serves 8-12

1/2 pannetone, cut into chunks
1/2 cup apple juice
2 cups salted caramel custard
400g tin of pie apples, drained
1 batch caramel sauce (see recipe below)
Fudge chunks

Line the bottom of a serving bowl with pannetone.  Pour apple juice over pannetone then pour 1/2 cup of caramel on top.  Now arrange apple slices to cover the pannetone.  Pour 1/2 cup of caramel over the apple.  Pour custard on top.  Refridgerate overnight (or at least a few hours).  Scatter with fudge chunks before serving.

Salted caramel sauce
Adapted from Munchies and Munchkins
Makes 400ml

75g soft brown sugar
75g caster sugar
75g golden syrup
110g butter
3/4 cup cream
1 tsp of sea salt

Cook brown sugar, castor sugar, golden syrup and butter in a medium saucepan until melted over medium low heat.  Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes until slightly darker and bubbly.  The sugar should have mostly melted when you hold up a spoon.

Remove from heat and stir in cream.  Return to heat for a few minutes to warm it up (but not bring to the boil).  Stir in the salt about 1/2 tsp at a time and tasting as you go.  It will be very thin but will thicken as it cools and will be quite thick in the fridge.

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  1. Happy New Year, Johanna! I think your trifle sounds pretty amazing! I've never made trifle but I do have dreams of trying my hand at it one day. The notion of using pannetone is quite intriguing.

    Thank you so much for sharing...

    1. Thanks Louise - I still have the trifle of my dreams in my head - this wasn't it though it tasted great but was not pinterest perfect! highly recommend using pannetone

  2. Chooks? I had to google that Australian word .... so your parents have chickens? That eat trifle? OK.

    Your modified recipe with fresh apple slices sounds quite delicious!

    I mentioned you in my most recent post!

    best... mae at

    1. Thanks Mae - oops sorry for Aussie lingo - fresh apples fried would be great in this trifle - and thanks for the mention on your blog (so excited to be in an agatha christie post)

  3. looks great-- I'd definitely make a vegan version of that. And yes I could see myself easily eating the sauce with a spoon, that's what it's for I say!

    1. Thanks Faye - I am sure each component could be veganised and it was very hard not to eat the rest of the sauce from the jug!

  4. A nice save for the salted caramel sauce Johanna! Hehe I didn't realise that chickens ate trifle but then again I don't have any chickens!

    1. Thanks Lorraine - chooks eat anything - which is one of the great things about owning them - my mum occasionally tells me I should bring tricky leftovers to the chooks which is one reason I took the trifle to her place

  5. This sounds like a super delicious dessert. Your family is so lucky to have you make some desserts like this =)

    1. Thanks Kimmy - it was delicious but I don't make this sort of thing often for my family (probably just as well!!!)

  6. Trifle is my favourite way to use up cake...... and cream....... and custard! There are so many possibilities! Love this one...... especially the salted caramel sauce with the Pannetone!

    1. Thanks Kate - I was tempted to eat up the leftover pannetone with caramel sauce drizzled over it :-)

  7. What an interesting twist on traditional trifle - I like the sound of it!

  8. Yum! Love caramel, love apple, would surely love this.


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