Thursday's Meal: Festive Holiday Trifle

Melissa Brown from Whole Foods Market makes a holiday treat.

The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients

-1/2 cup, plus 3 tablespoons sugar

-3 large Gala or Fuji apples, peeled, cored and sliced

-3 large Asian pears, peeled, cored and sliced

-2 tablespoons cider vinegar

-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

-1 (16-ounce) frozen pound cake, thawed

-24 ounces prepared vanilla pudding

-2 cups cold whipping cream

Method

-Put 1/2 cup of the sugar and 1/4 cup water into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for one minute. Transfer sugar syrup to a bowl, cover and chill.

-Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix apples, pears, vinegar, cinnamon and butter together in a large bowl, then arrange on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, until fruit is golden and tender, about 45 minutes. Set aside to let cool.

-Cut cake crosswise into eight pieces. Cut each piece into three strips. Line bottom of a 3-quart trifle dish with eight strips of cake, then drizzle with about three tablespoons of the sugar syrup.

-Spread half of the pudding over the top, then arrange about three cups of the fruit on top. Top with remaining cake, then repeat process with sugar syrup, pudding and fruit. Reserve extra apples and pears in a bowl, covered, in the refrigerator.

-Cover trifle and chill at least six hours.

-Whisk cream and remaining three tablespoons sugar in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over the top of the trifle and fan remaining apples and pears over the cream. Serve immediately.

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