Monday, January 4, 2010

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

With holidays and the end-of-the-year craze and all, I am finally getting around to posting my Thanksgiving blog. I am going to be posting a bunch of overdue ones in the next few days hopefully so stay tuned!

Trifle is one of my favorite things to make for dessert -- It's easy to make, quite fool-proof, and very festive and pretty with all the visible layers. I also love anything pumpkin-y. I've only made berry trifles in the past with fresh summer berries and simple vanilla sponge cake. But this time, I wanted to try something different and something with a more holiday feel to it. So I decided to make a Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle to bring to my boyfriend's family's Thanksgiving dinner I was invited to.

Being able to see the different layers and seeing them build up as you fill the trifle bowl is extremely satisfying. Generous layers of velvety, sweet pumpkin mousse and cinnamon whipped cream were spread between three layers of spiced gingerbread cake.

The last layer of pumpkin mousse was topped with more whipped cream, toasted pumpkin seeds for some texture, decorations of sugar cookies, and finally a light sprinkle of cinnamon.

This one is a definite keeper - all the holiday goodness in one giant pretty bowl!

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