Apple Crisp & Bourbon Cream Trifle


1x 12-cup trifle


12 to 16



About this Recipe

Recipe from Back to Baking Whitecap Books, 2011

Not a typical trifle, this holiday dessert is made by layering chilled apple crisp with a Bourbon spiked pastry cream and toasted pecans.
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Classic Apple Crisp

One of the easier desserts to make, a crisp is also easy to personalize by using your favourite fruits, or to use what is in peak season or simply available to you.

Makes 1x 8-cup baking dish. Serves 6 to 8.

  • 6 cups peeled and diced apples
  • ¼ cup + ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups regular rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

Pastry cream:

  • ½ cup half-and-half cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 ½ tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp Bourbon

Whipped cream & assembly:

  • 1 ½ cups whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Bourbon, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 recipe Apple Crisp (recipe follows) baked and chilled
  • 1 ½ cups lightly toasted pecan halves
  • ground cinnamon for garnish

Step by Step Instructions

Apple Crisp

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 2

Toss the apples fruit with ¼ cup of the brown sugar and the vanilla and spread it into an 8-cup baking dish.

Step 3

Stir the oats, the remaining ½ cup of brown sugar, flour and the cinnamon. Pour in the melted butter and stir until evenly combined. Sprinkle this over the fruit and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling at the edges and the crisp is evenly browned.

Step by Step Instructions

Pastry Cream & Assembly

Step 1

Bring the cream and milk up to a simmer in a sauce pot. 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.

Step 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. To assemble, spoon out half of the chilled apple crisp into a 12 cup trifle bowl and sprinkle with Bourbon.

Step 3

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.