This desert was insane! I was a little worried because I only let it chill for three hours instead of six, but it was a hit anyway. The presentation was impressive and very appropriate for Thanksgiving. I used Trader Joe's lady fingers for the parts that were visible from outside the dish and just to be a show-off, home-made lady fingers for the hidden portion (Lady Fingers). The pears I had available were VERY firm but after roasting, they were similar in consistency to the apples, so that was great. There were no left-overs. I was very pleased and will definitely make this again.