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Apple desserts: Try making an Apple Custard Sponge Trifle or a Brown Butter Apple Pie

This year, you can change things up and start new traditions with a fresh ingredient like Envy apples, which provide an easy way to update classics due to their sweet taste and availability. The sweet, sophisticated flavor; uplifting, fresh aroma; delightfully satisfying crunch; beautiful appearance and naturally white flesh that doesn’t brown as quickly as other apples all lend themselves to shareable recipes perfect for holiday parties, like an Apple Custard Sponge Trifle or Brown Butter Apple Pie.

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Apple Custard Sponge Trifle
Servings: 8-10

6          Envy apples
2          tablespoons golden caster sugar
1          teaspoon cinnamon
1/2       cup, plus 2 tablespoons, water
1          tablespoon corn flour
1          large plain sponge cake
2          cups vanilla bean custard
1/2       cup caramel or butterscotch sauce, plus additional for garnish, divided
1/2       cup cream
            fresh apple slices
            fresh strawberry slices

Peel, core and dice apples; place in large saucepan. Add caster sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 cup water. Simmer apples 5-8 minutes until tender.

Combine corn flour and remaining water. Stir corn flour mixture into apples until apples are syrupy.

Cut sponge cake into 2-centimeter diced pieces. Arrange 1/3 of sponge pieces in base of serving bowl. Add half of cinnamon apple pieces, including syrupy juices. Add 1 cup custard and drizzle with 1/4 cup caramel sauce. Repeat with remaining ingredients, finishing with sponge cake; chill.

Whip cream and spoon dollops over sponge cake to cover top. Garnish with apple slices, strawberry slices and caramel sauce.

Brown Butter Apple Pie

Streusel Topping:
1/2       cup flour
1/4       cup chopped pecans
2          tablespoons light brown sugar
4          tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

4          tablespoons butter
2          pounds Envy apples, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2       cup light brown sugar
1/2       teaspoon cinnamon
1/8       teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4       teaspoon salt
1          teaspoon vanilla
3          tablespoons flour
1          deep dish frozen pie shell

Preheat oven to 375 F.

To make streusel topping: Mix flour, chopped pecans and light brown sugar. Stir in butter using fingertips until incorporated with small lumps of butter visible. Refrigerate.

To make filling: In large skillet over medium heat, melt butter until amber, stirring often. Set aside to cool. In large bowl, stir sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, vanilla and flour using spatula. Pour brown butter over apples and mix, scraping skillet with rubber spatula to incorporate brown butter bits.

Place frozen pie shell on baking sheet. Add 2 cups apple mixture into shell, gently pressing apple slices for even base. Add remaining apple slices and gently press. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over apples.

Bake 30 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 350 F and bake 35-45 minutes until topping is golden and apples feel tender when pierced with fork.