Sunday, October 02, 2011

31 Days of Holiday Baking - Day 2 :: Caramel Apple Trifle

Caramel Apple Trifle
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Welcome to my blog, and thanks for coming to take a peek at my 31 Days of Holiday Baking! Today is Day 2 in the series and I'll be showing you an absolutely delightful and so delicious miniature Caramel Apple Trifle. Everything is just cuter in canning jars, especially these teeny tiny ones. Don't you agree?

These jars are half pint (125 ml or 1/2 cup) size and were only $3.84/dozen at Superstore! I have many more ideas for these jars, but this is the first one I've tried for this particular tiny size.

This recipe utilizes the same ingredients as yesterday's caramel apple dip, but with the addition of an apple brownie and unsweetened whipped cream, it totally takes it to the next level. Plus, the cute factor just can't be beat! At the end of the post I'll show you how you can package up a half dozen of these for gift giving, cuz who wouldn't want to receive trifle in a jar?! These would be so fun as a send home gift with your Thanksgiving dinner guests.

Apple Brownie

2/3 cup real butter
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 cups chopped Granny Smith apples

 In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Measure in the flour, baking powder, salt and apples, and stir until ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Spread batter in a greased 9 by 13-in. (22 by 33 cm) baking pan and bake at 350°F (180°C) for 35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Caramel Topping

½ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup milk
2 cups icing sugar

To make the topping, melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the brown sugar and milk and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat, let cool and stir in the icing sugar. 

Whipped Cream

2 cups of whipping cream
1 tbsp vanilla

Beat the whipping cream and vanilla in your Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the whisk attachment until nice and whipped creamy, but don't get glued to facebook and let it turn into butter. Save the cinnamon for the final garnish.
To assemble your trifles, start by crumbling a small amount of the brownie into the bottom of each canning jar.

Next drizzle with around a tsp of caramel topping, then a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream. The dessert is definitely sweet enough without sweetening the whipped cream! Then add another layer of crumbled apple brownie, caramel topping and finish off with whipped cream.
To finish these off and make them presentable, I used an offset spatula to smooth off the tops and then wiped around the edges with a damp paper towel.
Look at all those cute little layers!

The final touch is a good sprinkling of cinnamon. Not only does this make your presentation pretty, but it also totally intensifies the flavours and totally makes it like fall in a jar!
As promised, here's my idea for packaging up 6 of these filled jars for gift giving. First tie a piece of twine or ribbon around each lid. Then tuck in to a draw string bag. To make this bag, I cut a piece of drop cloth to approximately 7" x 14". Turn the short ends under by about 1" and stitch across to make the draw string opening. Then fold the fabric in half, right sides together and stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance. Now thread some jute through the drawstring opening and you have an adorable bag for giving away your baking! I've also done these where I've stencilled an image on the bag using black paint. It's fun to think of uses for all of the drop cloth left over
 from my recent slipcover projects!
Please note that these mini Caramel Apple Trifles need to be kept refrigerated and eaten within two days.
Please come again tomorrow for Day 3 of Holiday Baking! You never know what neat ideas you might find. If you're a blogger playing along in the 31 Days challenge, please leave a link in the comments to your blog so I can visit you as well. Thanks!

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  1. Wow! My mouth is watering from all these delightful caramel apple recipes. You make it look so easy - I might even try it! I'm a baker by necessity, regular meal-time cooker for a family. But I think I could pull these off - thanks for the great instructions! ;-)

  2. So cute as a mini! I bet anyone would love to open that parcel. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize~

  3. They look cute and sound delicious!

  4. This is such an adorable idea & super yummy looking! Thank you for sharing!

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