Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

From The Culinary Couple | Source Epicurious

Ingredients for Gingerbread

  • 2 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 Mousse

  • 1 (1/4 oz) envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 (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

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • crumbled gingersnap cookies for garnish

Directions for Gingerbread

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Line 13×9 pan with foil, leaving an overhang at all sides. Grease foil.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  3. 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).
  4. 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 Mousse

  1. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in a small saucepan and let soften 1 minute. Bring to a simmer, stirring until gelatin has dissolved. Whisk together gelatin mixture, pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, and salt in a large bowl until combined.
  2. 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 Cream

  1. Beat cream with sugar and vanilla until it holds soft peaks, about 5 minutes.

Assemble Trifle

  1. Arrange 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.