Caramel Apple Cheesecake Trifle
Author: 
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep Time: 
Cook Time: 
Total Time: 
Serves: 8-12
 
Cinnamon cream, no-bake cheesecake, crushed cookies, and apple layers can be made ahead so when it is time to entertain all you have to do is assemble.
Ingredients
for the Apple layer
  • 4 apples (I used Granny Smith and McIntosh), finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
for the Cinnamon Whipped Cream
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
  • Cinnamon
for the Cheesecake layer
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup whipped cream
for assembly of Trifle
  • Biscoff cookies (or Nilla Wafers/Graham Crackers), crushed
  • Good-quality caramel sauce topping (or make your own!)
  • Sea salt
Instructions
for the Apple layer
  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon, and stir until well combined. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes, until the apples are tender and the brown sugar creates a thick glaze.
for the Cinnamon Whipped Cream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer or in a medium mixing bowl fitted with an electric hand mixer, beat the cream, sugar, and vanilla on medium/medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat. Reserve ¾ cup of whipped cream for cheesecake layer. With rest of whipped cream, gently fold in ½ teaspoon cinnamon and taste. Add more cinnamon if desired.
for the Cheesecake layer
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer or in a medium mixing bowl fitted with an electric hand mixer, whip together the cream cheese, mascarpone, sugar, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Gently fold in the whipped cream by hand.
When Ready to Assemble the Trifle:
  1. Remove apples from fridge and let come closer to room temperature (I gave them a quick zap in the microwave to speed up that process). Stir in some sea salt into caramel to give it desired salted caramel flavor.
  2. Alternate layers of crushed biscoff cookies, cheesecake layer, apples, cinnamon whipped cream, and salted caramel. Devour immediately.
Notes
It's important to cut the apples into a very fine dice, as bigger chunks of apple will take a lot longer to cook. Instead of using the stovetop, you could cook in a 375°F oven, stirring once or twice, until apples are tender.
I choose to serve my trifles in little mini serving cups. Yield of recipe depends upon size of those serving cups. You could also make it in one big dish for a family style dessert.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at https://honestcooking.com/caramel-apple-cheesecake-trifle/