Lemon-Pear Gingerbread Trifle

Hooray for desserts that are made the day ahead of serving! Just pull this trifle out of the fridge, and guests can dig in.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 13 hr 55 min
  • Servings 12

1
box (14.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ gingerbread cake and cookie mix
1 1/4
cups lukewarm water
1
egg
2
cans (15 oz each) sliced pears
1
can (15.75 oz) lemon pie filling
2
cups whipping cream

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, stir gingerbread mix, water and egg with fork until blended. Stir vigorously about 2 minutes until well mixed. Pour into pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • 2 Meanwhile, drain pears into 2-cup glass measuring cup, reserving 3/4 cup pear liquid. Add 1/2 cup of the pie filling to pear liquid. Microwave uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes or until heated; stir with wire whisk until smooth. Refrigerate pears and remaining pie filling.
  • 3 Prick top of warm cake in several places with fork. Pour warm lemon sauce over cake; spread evenly. Cool cake completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4 Cut cake into 1 1/2-inch squares. In large bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until thickened. Slowly beat in remaining pie filling; continue beating until thickened. Place 1/3 of the cake cubes in bottom of 2-quart clear glass bowl. Spread with 1/3 of the cream mixture. Arrange 1/3 of the pears on cream mixture. Repeat layers twice with cake, cream mixture and pears. Cover; refrigerate at least 12 hours.

Expert Tips

Pear halves can be sliced and used in this recipe.

For a smaller trifle, cut only half of the gingerbread into pieces and use half the amount of pears, lemon filling and whipping cream. Freeze the remaining gingerbread.

Sprinkle a little chopped crystallized ginger over the trifle.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
370
(
Calories from Fat
150),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
17%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
250mg
250%;
Total Carbohydrate
51g
51%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
33g
33%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.