Sunday, October 23, 2011

Weekend Cooking - Pumpkin Trifle

I do most of my cooking on the weekends since that's the time that most of my people are actually home at the same time.  This weekend our church hosted a Casual Sunday where everybody came to church casual, comfortable, and we ate lunch  afterwards together pot-luck style.  
These are my favorite church meals without a doubt, and the casual, everybody in blue jeans (even the preacher) just added that much more family laid back feel to Sunday in the South.  
Have I mentioned that I love my church?
Have I mentioned that I love the South?

Lots of times I use pot-lucks as an excuse to try out a new recipe.  This week's recipe was Paula Deen's Pumpkin Trifle.

The recipe is very easy and quick...except that it's actually supposed to sit in the refrigerator overnight and I didn't read that far ahead :(
I made the gingerbread the night before so it could cool completely, but didn't make the pudding until the morning of.
The recipe calls for cooked pudding and I used the instant kind...I honestly could not find the cooked version?
I also go through trifle bowls like most folks go through those disposable zip-lock containers :/  so my dessert looked a little different than Paula's.

My Pumpkin Trifle was well liked, but I was beaten out by a young blonde mom who made a silly dessert called White Chocolate Bread Pudding...can you say Holy Smokes??
I even voted for her.

Click on the link above for the exact recipe and enjoy!

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth F Reads.


  1. It doesn't matter how it looked since it tasted good. Sounds like a fun Sunday!

  2. We had our Church's Fall Festival just this afternoon and I sure with I'd had this recipe! It sounds delicious and perfect for this time of year.

  3. The pumpkin trifle looks so good to me I can't hardly see straight now! :) Hope I get a chance to try this soon!

  4. That picture of the trifle is just the most beautiful thing ever! And I swear, every time I have to make a recipe for which you need a box of pudding mix, I *always* *always* buy the wrong kind - either instant when cooked is required or vice versa. (And you would think by now I would just buy one of each, just in case....)

  5. This sounds great. We have pumkkins and squashes here in Lanzarote, but I’ve never seen it in a can. And I wonder what the pudding mix would equate to here. I love ginger and pumpkins, so it would be a winning mix for me.

  6. You cracked me up with the "I even voted for her." Like Nell, I love ginger and pumpkins so I know I'd love this.

    What a great thing that your church has casual days and then a shared meal. Truly a day of fellowship.

  7. Update: we ate this dessert last night after dinner...the flavors in the pudding had time to soak into the gingerbread all day after church and it was DELICIOUS! Definitely going to follow the directions next time!

  8. Pumpkin and Gingerbread doesn't get much better!

  9. I love the idea of a church coming together for a laid back service and a meal, and I think this is the perfect dessert for that. I love pumpkin, and could use a few new recipes that showcase it, so I will be looking into this one. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  10. LOL, I'm SURE it tasted just as good as Paula's! I love everything pumpkin, so will give this a try. Thanks.