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Come Party With Me: Foodie Thanksgiving — Dessert


A caramelized pumpkin trifle is the perfect finish to a foodie Thanksgiving. A seemingly simple dessert, a trifle is really quite complex. Before assembling you have to make the components. In this case, the flavors of classic pumpkin pie are layered to make an exciting new dish. Candied pumpkin, pumpkin bread, and cinnamon pudding come together to create the ultimate dessert. To look at the recipe that allows you to show off your trifle dish, read more.

Caramelized Pumpkin Trifle

Caramelized Pumpkin Trifle

Caramelized Pumpkin Trifle

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Pumpkin Bread, (recipe below) sliced 1/4 inch thick
Candied Pumpkin (recipe below)
Softly whipped cream, for garnish
2 tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger, for garnish
Mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in 1/3 cup of the half-and-half.
  2. In a heavy medium saucepan, combine the remaining 1 2/3 cups of half-and-half with the sugar mixture and the cinnamon. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until the pudding thickens and comes to a boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir for 1 minute. Stir in the vanilla. Transfer the pudding to a bowl and press plastic wrap on the surface. Refrigerate until chilled.
  4. Arrange one-third of the Pumpkin Bread slices in a large glass bowl, overlapping them slightly. Spread one-third of the cinnamon pudding evenly on top. Top with one-third of the Candied Pumpkin with its syrup.
  5. Repeat the layering process two times. Garnish the trifle with a few dollops of whipped cream, the candied ginger and mint sprigs.

Serves 8.

Pumpkin Bread

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup fresh or canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan and line the bottom with wax paper. In a bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and baking powder.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Gradually add the sugar and beat for 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, then beat in the pumpkin puree. Stir the vanilla into the milk. Beat in the dry ingredients in 3 additions at low speed, alternating with the milk mixture.
  3. Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack to cool.

Makes one 9-inch loaf.

Candied Pumpkin

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups diced ( 1/2 inch) sugar pumpkin or butternut squash
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Melt the butter in a large heavy skillet. Add the pumpkin and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in the sugar until dissolved. Stir in the maple syrup, ginger and cinnamon and remove from the heat. Let cool and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours or overnight.

Makes about 3 cups.

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