Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Line baking tins with baking paper.
In a large bowl, whip egg whites until light and fluffy. Slowly whisk in sugar, then whisk in egg yolks one by one.
Sift in remaining dry ingredients and fold through gently with a spatula until combined.
Divide batter evenly between 2 x 20cm tins.
Bake for 18 minutes. Allow to cool.
To make the poached pears
Peel pears and cut carefully in half. Gently remove cores.
Place pears in pot, cover with water.
Add Vanilla Bean Sugar and cinnamon quills.
Simmer on gentle heat for about 6 mins until pears are just tender.
Remove pears. Keep 3 halves aside with stem on for decoration.
Slice rest of pears for trifle filling.
Reserve poaching liquid for moistening sponge.
To make the vanilla bean cream
Whip cream and sugar until light and fluffy.
Chill in fridge until needed.
To make the gingerbread caramel
In a medium pot, add salted caramel and Gingerbread Spice. Whisk in and simmer gently until runny consistently.
Set aside for the trifle assembly.
Make the gingerbread sponges. Allow 40 minutes plus cooling. Scroll below for the recipe.
Gently poach the pears. Allow 15 minutes plus cooking. Scroll below for the recipe.
Make caramel. Allow 15 minutes. Scroll below for the recipe.
Slice each gingerbread sponge carefully in half across middle to create 4 disc-shaped sponge layers.
Place a sponge layer at bottom of the bowl and pour 1 ladle of the poaching liquid over the sponge to moisten.
Add ⅓ of poached pear slices on top of the sponge layer.
Add a layer of whipped Vanilla Bean cream and drizzle with ⅓ of the caramel and ⅓ of the almonds.
Proceed with next sponge layer and repeat the pear, cream and caramel layers.
Once you’ve added final sponge layer, moisten with poaching liquid, add a final topping of whipped cream and remaining Gingerbread caramel. Top with 3 pear halves. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.
Alternative serving suggestion
Arrange halved pears around the edge of the trifle bowl and add the layers of sponge to the inside.