Everyone is going to bring pumpkin pie to your Thanksgiving dinner. And there's nothing wrong with that, of course, because traditions are important. But why not shake things up just slightly this year by taking an old standard -- pumpkin -- and making it just a little more interesting and beautiful by turning it into a super-artsy trifle dessert served in a stunning glass bowl?
This recipe, which comes from The Cooking Mom, contains several steps and should be saved for a day when you have a bit of time on your hands -- but in no way does that make it a difficult dessert to whip up. Once you have all your ingredients ready to go, it's quite simple to assemble and looks like it took a great deal of effort to make.
If you're so over pumpkin and would prefer to substitute the pumpkin bread mix with gingerbread mix -- a la Paula Deen -- rest assured that would prove equally scrumptious and fitting for your Thanksgiving bash.
3 cups cold milk
2 boxes (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding
1 can (30 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
1 container (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 container (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 box (14 ounces) pumpkin quick bread mix, prepared according to package directions and cut into 1- to 2-inch squares
A few pecans, pumpkin candies, or extra cinnamon
In a large bowl, beat together milk and pudding until it starts to thicken. Add pumpkin pie filling to the pudding and mix well. In another bowl mix together mascarpone cheese, cinnamon, and whipped topping.
Place half of the pumpkin bread cubes in the bottom of a trifle bowl or large clear bowl. Spoon half of pudding mixture over bread. Next, top with half the whipped topping mixture. Repeat with another layer of pumpkin bread and pudding. Cover loosely and refrigerate for at least a few hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining whipped topping mixture too. Right before serving, spoon a “cloud” of the whipped topping mixture over the top. Decorate the top with pecans, candy pumpkins, or a sprinkle of cinnamon.
If you're the type of baker who learns best by watching, you're in luck! Check out this step-by-step video on how to make the perfect Pumpkin Trifle, courtesy of The Cooking Mom:
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