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Turtle Trifle

Photo: John O'Hagan; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep time 20 mins
Chill Time time 1 hr
Yield Makes 10 servings
This decadent turtle trifle gets its flavor inspiration from classic turtle candy and features marscapone cheese, whipping cream, vanilla, pecan pie chunks, toasted pecans, and fudge cand caramel toppings.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened*
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (2-lb.) frozen pecan pie, thawed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup chocolate fudge topping
  • 1/3 cup caramel topping
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Beat mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, and vanilla extract in a large bowl at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth and firm.

  2. Place half of pie cubes in bottom of a 4-qt. trifle dish or tall, clear 4-qt. glass bowl. Spread half of whipped cream mixture over pie cubes. Drizzle with half each of chocolate fudge topping and caramel topping. Sprinkle with half of chopped pecans. Repeat layers.

  3. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.

  4. *1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese may be substituted.

  5. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Edwards Georgia Pecan Pie, Smucker's Chocolate Fudge Topping, and Smucker's Caramel Flavored Topping.

Cook's Notes

Mascarpone is rich double or triple cream cheese made from cow's milk.