Easy Salted Caramel Pear Trifle is a layered dessert that you'll be licking the spoon wishing for more. Made with pound cake, poach Bosc pears, flavored whipped cream, crushed toasted hazelnut and caramel sauce.
Have you ever tried an easy Salted Caramel Pear Trifle? Then, you are missing an amazingly surprising dessert. Trifle is a traditional British dessert with flavored cream, fruits and a buttery pound or sponge cake soaked in sherry wine and custard, and topped with whipped cream. Since its original creation, this dessert has been evolving with many different variations over the ages.
For this Pear Trifle recipe, we will place four layers of texture in clear glass tumblers. The most important part of this recipe is poaching the pears in the sugary aromatic water for 15 minutes and then letting the pears cool down in the syrup. When you poach the pears in this light sweet water containing cinnamon, lemon peel and vanilla bean, the pears take on such a delightful taste. You can use these poached pears in so many different recipes, and as a final touch to take any “OK” dessert to a new gourmet level.
Now for the infused whipped cream with caramel sauce. I like to use gelatin powder in the whipped cream so that it holds the airy consistency for many days. If you don't do this, the fresh whipped cream will lose its fluffiness pretty fast.
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Assembling the Salted Caramel Pear Trifle
Make sure to have fun assembling the trifle, but it must be done in this order: Add the pound cake, 5 thinly sliced pieces of pears, drizzle on the caramel sauce, and then the flavored whipped cream. Repeat these steps two or three times, and then finally top with caramel sauce and crushed hazelnut.
With this easy Salted Caramel Pear Trifle, you'll die and go to heaven with every bite. Ask Geoffrey because he took 3 or 4 glasses to work and kept them in his private refrigerator for himself. If you love easy recipes with caramel, also check out this Mini Caramel Apples recipe. I assure you that your kids will love it.
UPDATE: This recipe is also part of our special group of caramel sauce recipes called 6 Creamy Dreamy Caramel Sauce Recipes You will Crave All Year Long, and don't miss our new Orange Shortbread Cookies filled with Caramel Sauce recipe.
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Easy Salted Caramel Pear Trifle
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 12 People 1x
Easy Salted Caramel Pear Trifle has flavored whipped cream piped between layers of pound cake, poached pears, caramel sauce and topped with crushed toasted hazelnut. Can be made the day before.
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 6 cups water
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 2-inch strip lemon peel
- 4 firm & ripe Bosc pears, peeled, halved, cored
For Whipped Cream:
- 1 ½ cups chilled whipping cream
- 1 teaSpoon unflavored gelatin powder
- 1 ½ TableSpoons powdered sugar
- 1 ½ teaSpoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup caramel sauce
- 12 ¼-inch-thick slices from purchased 12-ounce pound cake
- ½ cup crushed hazelnut, toasted
Making the Pears:
- Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into large saucepan; add bean. Add 6 cups water, sugar and lemon peel.
- Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a simmer. Add pears; simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Cool pears in syrup.
Making the Whipped Cream:
- Beat chilled cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in large bowl until firm peaks form.
- Fold ½ cup caramel sauce into cream. NOTE: You may need to heat the caramel sauce slightly (5-8 seconds in microwave) and stir to work with it. Make sure it is not warm going into the cream.
Assembling the Trifle:
- Drain pears and cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices.
- Press 1 piece of cake into each of the six 12- to 14-ounce tumblers.
- Top each with 5 pear slices, 2 teaspoons caramel sauce and ¼ cup caramel cream.
- Repeat layering with cake, pears, caramel sauce and caramel cream. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.)
- Drizzle remaining caramel sauce over trifles. Sprinkle with nuts and serve.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: British
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I could see this being served in the finest restaurants. What a wonderful recipe!
WOW that is a high compliment Gabriel. Thank you so much!
Wow! I love pears so much and your trifle sounds just delicious!
Thank you Ginny! Sounds delicious but taste even better :)
This looks delicious and beautiful!
Thank you Jillian! Happy Saturday!
I love layered desserts. There is just something about them that I really like. And this trifle is not an exception - can't wait to try it out!
We agree Danielle. There is something special about layered desserts... like they took longer to make, even though they don't.
Love everything about this dessert! Definitely a must make!
Great to hear Taylor. Hope you do get a chance to make this pear trifle.
Ashley @ Sweetpea Lifestyle
Yum!!!!! Anything with pears & salted caramel means I'm in!
Thanks Ashley. So glad to hear that you're 'in'. Let us know what you think once you make this recipe.
All you have to say is salted caramel and it is sure to be a winner. This is the perfect little dessert for summer entertaining too. The guests would love them.
Absolutely Gloria!.. your guests will love this pear caramel trifle. It's so summery and fresh.
Courtney | Love & Good Stuff
This looks really lovely! I love pears for desert - I can't wait to try this!
Great Courtney! Pears really are a great dessert option... especially with caramel sauce, right?