This colossal trifle is yummylicious!!! It’s an easy to make, low-fat, fall and winter dessert! Perfect for potlucks, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah. It uses mostly prepared, store bought ingredients, except the fresh apple pie filling. That’s made easy by cooking the cinnamon apples in the microwave. The thing that takes the most time is chilling the cooked apples, before you assemble this dish. And, this dessert tastes best when refrigerated for at least 1 hour to marinade the flavors. Each skinny serving has 139 calories, 2 grams of fat.
Prep Time: 30 minutes, including cooking apples
Refrigerate Time (to cool cooked apples): 30 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 1 hour before serving
8 cups apples, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons reduced-fat butter
3 tablespoons sugar
1½ tablespoons cinnamon
1½ tablespoons water
1 (12 ounce) ready baked angel food cake, cut in half and into 1-inch cubes, see shopping tips
2 snack packs of already prepared vanilla or tapioca pudding, see shopping tips
1 (8 oz) container fat-free frozen Cool Whip, thawed
3 tablespoons Hershey’s Classic Caramel Sundae Syrup, see shopping tips
1. To prepare the apples: In a large microwave-safe bowl, add butter, cover and melt in microwave, about 20 seconds. Stir in sugar, cinnamon and water. Fold in chopped apples. Mix well. Cook in microwave about 8-10 minutes, until apples are soft. The apples create a lot of liquid, once cooked, which you’ll want to use. Place the bowl of cooked apples in the freezer to cool, about 25 minutes or in refrigerator, for about 1 hour.
2. To assemble trifle: In a large serving bowl or trifle dish, place half the angel food cake pieces on the bottom of bowl. Sprinkle half the cooked and cooled apples evenly over cake. Dollop 1 package of pudding all over top of apples. Use the back of the spoon to spread around. Spread ½ container Cool Whip evenly over pudding. Use back of spoon to spread. Drizzle 1½ tablespoons caramel syrup over the top of cool whip.
Repeat the steps starting with angel food cake and ending with Cool Whip and caramel syrup drizzled over top.
3. Chill for at least 1 hour or overnight, before serving. Store any leftovers covered in refrigerator. You can freeze the leftovers too.
Makes 16 servings (each serving about ¾ cup)
Trifles are terrific desserts because they’re made in advance and feed a crowd.
Ready baked angel food cake can be found in the produce section in most large supermarkets. It might also be in the bakery aisle.
Already prepared vanilla or tapioca pudding is usually displayed in the aisle where boxed dry pudding mixes are sold. It’s available in a 4-snack-pack size. If you can’t find it make your own with a dry package of instant vanilla pudding. Prepare it with fat-free milk.
Hershey’s Classic Caramel Sundae Syrup is sold in most supermarkets. It’s usually displayed on a side aisle so you might have to ask for help finding it.