November 25, 2015

Apple Crisp & Bourbon Cream Trifle

Recipe: Anna Olson

  HHTV3395Not a typical trifle, this holiday dessert by Anna Olson is made by layering chilled apple crisp with a bourbon spiked pastry cream and toasted pecans.


Apple Crisp: 

  • 6 cups peeled & diced apples (any variety)
  • 1⁄4 cup + 1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1⁄4 cups regular rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup all‐purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Pastry Cream:

  • 1⁄2 cup half‐and‐half cream
  • 1⁄2 cup milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1⁄4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1⁄2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp bourbon

Whipped Cream & Assembly:

  • 1 1⁄2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp bourbon, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 recipe Apple Crisp, chilled
  • 1 1⁄2 cups lightly toasted pecan halves
  • Ground cinnamon, for garnish


Yield: Serves 12 to 16

Apple Crisp 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Toss the apples with 1⁄4 cup of the brown sugar and the vanilla and spread it into an 8‐cup baking dish.
  3. Stir the oats, the remaining 1⁄2 cup of brown sugar, flour, and the cinnamon. Pour in the melted butter and stir until evenly combined. Sprinkle this over the apples and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling at the edges and the crisp is evenly browned. Cool 15 minutes before serving with ice cream.

* The crisp will keep, refrigerated, for up to 2 days.

Pastry Cream & Assembly

  1. Bring the cream and milk up to a simmer in a saucepot. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks, brown sugar, cornstarch and vanilla. Slowly pour in the hot cream while whisking and pour the entire mixture back into the pot. Whisk the custard over medium heat until it has thickened and just begins to bubble, about 3 minutes. Pour the cooked custard through a strainer and stir in the butter. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly over the surface of the pastry cream and chill completely. Once chilled, stir in the bourbon.
  2. Whip the cream until they hold a soft peak. Fold 1 cup of the whipped cream into the pastry cream. Stir in the sugar, vanilla and 2 tbsp of bourbon into the remaining whipped cream.
  3. To assemble, spoon out half of the chilled apple crisp into a 12‐cup trifle bowl and sprinkle with bourbon. Top the crisp with half of the pastry cream and sprinkle with half of the pecans. Top this with the remaining apple crisp, sprinkle with bourbon, and top with the remaining pastry cream and pecans. Spread the whipped cream overtop and dust lightly with cinnamon. Chill until ready to serve.

Jason Stickley