For our Thanksgiving dessert this year, I’m keeping with the pumpkin theme and making a Pumpkin Bread Trifle. Easy to make, delicious to eat!
When Thanksgiving rolls around, I play by the game of hardcore tradition. We may change up the turkey, whether we bake it or fry it, but for the sides, yeahhhhh, they’re the same, year after year.
Because they’re really good, and we truly enjoy this meal once a year. We look forward to all the sides and we eat and drink until we roll around the house, rather than walk. Thanksgiving is focused on comfort food at it’s finest. But isn’t that the case with everyone?!!
However, with all of this tradition talk, our Thanksgiving desserts play musical chairs every year. We all have a sweet tooth around here, and too, we’re all game to try something new. The more the merrier, as desserts go. That being said, the common denominator, Thanksgiving-dessert-wise, must contain pumpkin.
Of our Thanksgiving dessert successes, my Pumpkin Ice Cream recipe is simply a must-make every year. This goes without saying. This year, I wanted to create a pumpkin themed recipe that included layers and textures, because I seem to be all about those two lately.
A trifle seemed fitting. How about a Pumpkin Bread Trifle?!! That would check all of the boxes. A moist cake-like bread, upping the ante on the whipped cream by folding in a little bourbon, and then topping it all off with some delicious caramel sauce drenched in there.
I mean, seriously….
This is what I think about when I can’t sleep at night. Thanksgiving desserts, and how to up the my game, mulling ideas around in my mind.
So I got to work, and started testing recipes, starting with pumpkin bread. There’s a lot of recipes out there, so I had to cipher out a few and start testing. Mixing here, adding there, deleting some ingredients, adding what I thought was important. All in a days work of recipe developing.
I’m happy to say that after only three test recipes, I had a crowned jewel.
As for the bourbon whipped cream, well, all I can say for that is AMEN. A little makes a statement.
I hunted down my trifle dish, and found it happily housing a few succulents, so I moved on to the next best thing, brandy sniffers. Really, a trifle can be created in any vessel, even a jelly jar.
Here is my tried and true recipe for Pumpkin Bread Trifle With Bourbon Whipped Cream
Pumpkin Bread Trifle With Bourbon Whipped Cream
- hand held mixer
- 9x5x3 inch loaf pan
- 1 can pumpkin 15 ounce can
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Bourbon Whipped Cream
- 1 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp bourbon optional
Extra Ingredients For Assembly
- 1 bottle good quality, store bought caramel sauce
- 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- pumpkin pie spice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Grease and flour loaf pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
- Add pumpkin, eggs and oil to the dry ingredients.
- Using the hand mixer, mix all ingredients on medium low speed, until well blended.
- Pour batter into loaf pan.
- Bake for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes on wire rack.
- Run a knife around the sides of the pan to release bread. Remove from pan and cool thoroughly on wire rack.
Bourbon Whipped Cream
- Pour whipping cream in a cold metal bowl.
- Using a mixer, mix on high speed until soft peeks form.
- Add sugar, then beat until stiff peeks.
- Carefully fold in bourbon.
To Assemble The Trifle
- Cut pumpkin bread into 1 inch cubes
- Place one layer of pumpkin bread cubes on the bottom of the glass.
- Drizzle caramel sauce over cubes.
- Put a dollop of whipped cream on top.
- Repeat layering until you've reached the top of the glass.
- Finish with one final dollop of whipped cream, and garnish with a crumbled graham cracker crumbs and a sprinkling of pumpkin spice.