So the other day, I still didn't know what to make for Christmas Dessert since we are not going with our traditional Beef Rib Roast. I happened to be blog hopping and came across a blog called The Girl Who Ate Everything. The recipe I spotted was called Eggnog Gingerbread Trifle. Oh my gosh....that recipe just hit me as something that sounded perfect and I love eggnog and gingerbread. My sous chef, (aka Master Chef Victoria or Miss V) and I went to the store and picked up our ingredients. I did modify it a bit from her directions.
1 (14.5 ounce) package gingerbread cake mix (and ingredients to make it)
3 cups eggnog
1 (5.1 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Gingersnap cookie crumbs
Make and bake gingerbread cake mix according to package directions. Cool completely.
Place the pudding mix in your mixer's bowl. Pour in the eggnog. Use the whisk attachment and whisk for about 2 minutes until the pudding is thick and creamy.
Refrigerate the eggnog pudding until you ready to put together the trifle.
Place the mixer's bowl and the whisk attachment into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes so that the whipped cream will come together quickly.
Add the cold heavy cream into the mixer's bowl and whisk on high until stiff peaks start to form. Add sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form again.
Cut the gingerbread in half. I like to cube my cake so that it looks prettier in the trifle bowl.
Place half of the gingerbread in the bottom of the trifle bowl. Spread half of the eggnog pudding over the gingerbread cubes. Then spread half of the whipped cream. Repeat layers.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
About 15 minutes before I serve it, I pull it out of the fridge and sprinkle crushed gingersnaps on top.
Oh I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful this tasted! I think I might just eat some for breakfast.