Monday, October 5, 2009


This is a Paula Deen recipe (Photo from Food Network) and the first time I had this was at a harvest dinner party. My friend is a huge Paula fan and a wonderful cook. Her presentation was beautiful and this was just the right touch for ending a meal. Make this in your prettiest glass bowl. If it is footed it makes it more spectacular. When I make this, I scoop it into pretty glass bowls with 2 thinly sliced pear slices on the side. That adds a white palette to make the trifle look even more striking. And if you are really feeling decadent, serve with cordial glasses of ice wine. It will make the dessert go from ordinary to memorable! And speaking of a harvest table, make sure you use candlelight, gourds and autumn leaves on the table. Your tablescape is your signature and will welcome your guests for the delicious meal that is ahead. Happy Autumn!!

Gingerbread Trifle
One 14-ounce package gingerbread mix
One 5.1-ounce package cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
One 30-ounce can pumpkin pie filling
½ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 teaspoon ground cardamom
One 12-ounce carton Cool Whip
½ cup gingersnaps (optional)
Bake the gingerbread according to the package directions; cool completely.
Meanwhile, prepare the pudding and set aside to cool. Stir the pumpkin pie filling, sugar, and cardamom into the pudding.
Crumble half batch of gingerbread into the bottom of a large, clear bowl.
Pour ½ of the pudding mixture over the gingerbread, then add a layer of whipped cream. Repeat with the remaining gingerbread, pudding, and whipped cream.
Sprinkle of the top with crushed gingersnaps if desired. Refrigerate overnight.
Can be layered in a punch bowl.
Yield: 20 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Ease of preparation: Easy


  1. I love this...I am making a similar type of trifle for a goodbye lunch at work this week...and being Canadian Thanksgiving and seems to fit in. I particularly like the gingerbread addition to this...great idea eh?! How is that for!

  2. This looks great. I'm just starting to get in the mood for pumpkin and this will be on my pumpkin list for sure.

  3. oh wow this trifle is awesome and what amazing presentation

  4. This sounds lovely, perfectly balanced and flavorful. Great for the holidays and so pretty.

  5. This really sounds wonderful. I love gingerbread and pumpkin custard. Combining them makes a lot of sense. I hope you are having a great day.

  6. Linda your cake entry won for this month.
    Congratulations :]

    Well done!


  7. Oh, boy, do I love gingerbread, and with pumpkin in a trifle, talk about a happy tummy. This looks outrageous. What a terrific, terrific post.

  8. This is absolutely stunning! What a great dessert to grace the holiday table this season.

  9. I am a huge fan of trifles, gingerbread & Paula Dean, so I will definitely try this dessert. Many thanks for sharing this treat!

  10. Hey...I made that trifle and modified it just a bit to suit what I had in my pantry. I linked to your blog...have a read on today's was a real hit at work!!!!!

  11. last time dropping by this post to say...again...amazing results from this trifle! Still hearing about it from all those who enjoyed it....definitely one to try for any of your 'readers'!


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