One of my very best friends from high school, Ashley, was in town over Thanksgiving and Emily and I adored getting to spend time with her! :-)
We met for dinner at Emily's house and I brought this Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle! I remember when I first saw this recipe on the Culinary Couple back in 2010. I thought it sounded amazing. . . and two years later when i FINALLY made it. . . we were not disappointed!
My trifle bowl is pretty wide, so next time I would use individual trifle cups so that I can make more even layers of gingerbread, pumpkin, and whipped cream! :-)
Ingredients for Gingerbread2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup mild molasses
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup hot water
Ingredients for Pumpkin Mousse1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Ingredients for Whipped Cream
(I doubled the whipped cream since my trifle bowl was so wide)1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
crumbled gingersnap cookies for garnish
Directions for GingerbreadPreheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Line 13×9 pan with foil, leaving an overhang at all sides. Grease foil.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
Beat butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in egg until blended, then beat in molasses and buttermilk. At low speed, mix in flour mixture until smooth, then add hot water and beat 1 minute (batter may look curdled).
Spread batter evenly in pan and bake until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan. Transfer foil-lined gingerbread to a cutting board and cut into 1-inch cubes with a serrated knife.
Directions for Pumpkin MousseWhisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, and salt in a large bowl until combined.
In a separate bowl, beat cream with vanilla using until it holds soft peaks, about 5 minutes. Fold into pumpkin mixture gently and thoroughly.
Directions for Whipped CreamBeat cream with sugar and vanilla until it holds soft peaks, about 5 minutes.
Assemble TrifleArrange half of gingerbread cubes in trifle bowl. Top with half of pumpkin mousse, then half of whipped cream. Repeat layers with remaining gingerbread, mousse, and cream. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.
The Culinary Couple