Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Trifle

Ooh la la. This is a personal creation. It’s pretty delicious, and very easy to make. No bake, just assemble and you’re ready to go.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Trifle
Serves 2-3

For cream cheese flavored whipped cream:
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp milk

Add sugar to heavy cream. Whip heavy cream till soft peaks form. (Tip: keep heavy cream chilled, and chill bowl and whisk prior to whipping.) Add milk to cream cheese. Mix till evenly mixed.

For rest of trifle:
5 graham cracker sheets
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
4 tbsp caramel sauce with1 tsp salt

Layer in a glass bowl or any bowl with high sides in this order: graham crackers, whipped cream, caramel sauce, chocolate chips for about three layers. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Caramel Sauce

Sweet, unctuous caramel sauce with notes of vanilla and a nuttiness from the caramelized sugar. I’ve discovered that it works fantastic with cream biscuits. Drizzle a generous tablespoon of caramel sauce on a halved biscuit and you have a fireworks explosion of cream on cream in your mouth.

Caramel Sauce
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten, Food Network
Makes about 2 cups

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup water
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Mix the water and sugar in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until the sugar dissolves. Do not stir. Increase the heat to medium and boil uncovered until the sugar turns a warm chestnut brown (about 350 degrees F on a candy thermometer), about 7 to 10 minutes, gently swirling the pan to stir the mixture. Be careful – the mixture is extremely hot! Watch the mixture very carefully at the end, as it will go from caramel to burnt very quickly. Turn off the heat. Stand back to avoid splattering and slowly add the cream and vanilla. Don’t worry – the cream will bubble violently and the caramel will solidify.

Simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until the caramel dissolves and the sauce is smooth, about 2 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature, at least 4 hours. It will thicken as it sits.

Cream Biscuits

These biscuits melt in your mouth and are a delight to eat. Smear on some grape jelly and a pat of butter and you have a delicious dessert/appetizer/breakfast/snack. For an added oomph, drizzle some homemade caramel sauce. Desserts should account for every meal. The original recipe says sugar is optional – I declare the sugar absolutely necessary.

Cream Biscuits
Recipe from Smitten Kitchen
Makes 10 biscuits

3 tablespoons melted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the surface
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt butter in a small pot or microwave dish, and set aside. Sift two cups flour, the baking powder, salt and (if using) sugar into a large bowl. Fold in 1 1/4 cups cream. If the dough is not soft or easily handled, fold in the remaining 1/4 cup cream, little by little. (I ended up using two additional tablespoons, or half the unused cream.)

Turn dough onto a floured surface, mound it into a ball and, using your hands, press it to a thickness of about 3/4 inch. Cut into rounds, 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Gather dough scraps and continue to make rounds. Dip the top of each round in melted butter and arrange on the baking sheet. Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately, or flash freeze for future use.

Note: Biscuits can be baked straight from the freezer, and additional few minutes baking time will be needed, usually around 3 to 5. If freezing, dip biscuits in melted butter just before baking. I find that the tops of my biscuits don’t brown as well when frozen. Baking in the upper third of the oven helps the browning, but creates a slightly burnt bottom.