Pumpkin Trifle is a tasty seasonal treat
Give way to your creative side with this pumpkin trifle. Consider the recipe just a guide for making your own patterns and designs as you layer pumpkin pudding, pound cake and whipped cream. This recipe takes a little time, but you could easily make a similar trifle with a quick pudding (whip pumpkin pie filling into prepared tapioca pudding) and purchased whipped topping.
Start to finish: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10
9 sheets chocolate graham crackers
1/4 cup candied (also called crystalized) ginger
16-ounce pound cake (thawed if frozen)
4 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1/2 cup canned pumpkin pie filling
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
In a food processor, combine the graham crackers and candied ginger. Process until they resemble fine crumbs. Set aside.
Cut the pound cake into 1-inch-thick slices, then cut each slice into roughly 1-inch cubes. Arrange about half of the cubes in a single layer on the bottom of a glass trifle dish. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of heavy cream, 1Ú4 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Use an electric mixer with the whisk attachment to beat the cream to stiff peaks.
Spoon about two-thirds of the whipped cream over the cake cubes in the trifle bowl, smoothing it into a single layer with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumb mixture over the cream in an even layer.
To the remaining whipped cream in the bowl, add the pumpkin pie filling, 1Ú2 cup powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, 1Ú2 cup heavy cream. Use the electric mixer to beat until thick.
Spoon the pumpkin pie mixture over the crumb layer, then use the back of a spoon to smooth to an even layer.
Arrange the remaining cake cubes in a single layer over the pumpkin pie mixture.
(Trifle can be made several hours ahead of time and refrigerated at this point.)
Clean the mixer bowl, then combine the remaining 2 cups of heavy cream, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Use the mixer to beat to stiff peaks, then spoon the cream over the cake layer.
Decorate the top of the trifle as desired. Candy corns or orange sprinkles are nice.
— AP food writer J.M. Hirsch can be e-mailed at email@example.com