Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle

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Here’s the recipe I promised last week. It’s a Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle recipe that I adapted from the Our Best Bites cookbook. The original recipe calls for 1 c powdered sugar in the whipped cream, so I lightened it up with a little pure maple syrup.

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I also like to use coconut sugar in place of brown sugar whenever possible as it’s an unrefined sugar, and it tastes great in this recipe for the pumpkin mousse.

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You can use the gingerbread recipe I posted last week which is made with whole wheat flour and is AMAZING all on it’s own! Once it has cooled, cut it into 1/2 inch cubes for this recipe. I’ve cooked it in a 9×13 dish and a large loaf pan and both work well.

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If you’re layering into the smaller, individual serving dishes, I found it helpful to put a few of the gingerbread cubes in the bottom, and then gently push them down with a spoon. Next, using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, add in a couple scoops of the pumpkin mixture, gently tapping the glass on the counter and gently swirling the jar which helped fill in some gaps, and then adding the whipped cream and doing the same tapping and swirling motion to get it all spread out evenly.

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THE RECIPE:

Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle-adapted from Our Best Bites

1 recipe gingerbread (or 14.5 oz box gingerbread mix)
3 c heavy cream
1/4 c pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mousse:
1/4 c cold water
1 (1 0z) packet unflavored gelatin (can find near jello at grocery store)
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
1/2 c coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg, plus additional for garnish
1/8 tsp cloves

Bake gingerbread according to recipe. Cool and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Set aside. Combine heavy cream, maple syrup and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until medium-stiff peaks form and set aside.

For the mousse: Place water in a small, microwave safe bowl and sprinkle gelatin over it. Gently stir and then set bowl aside for 5 minutes for gelatin to soften. Combine pumpkin, coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Place bowl of gelatin in microwave and heat 30 seconds and then stir until dissolved completely. Add gelatin to pumpkin mixture and whisk until fully combined. Fold 2 cups of whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture, gently folding until incorporated.

Place half of gingerbread cubes on the bottom of a trifle bowl or other glass bowl with tall sides. Top with half of pumpkin mousse and half of remaining whipped cream. Repeat layers, ending with whipped cream, and sprinkle top lightly with nutmeg. Chill 1 hour before serving.

*When I served these for my book club, I found that putting them in individual serving dishes, like 1 cup mason jars, was perfect and kept them looking nice since large trifles tend to look a little messy when served.

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