I had a request for a trifle for Thanksgiving and I couldn't think of a more fitting flavor than pumpkin. I found a fantastic Pumpkin Maple Trifle and it was a hit with everyone who tasted it.
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup plus 5 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
1 box (14.4 ounces) whole graham crackers
2 packages (1 oz. each) cheesecake instant pudding and pie filling
1 cup milk
1 can ( 15 ounces) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 container (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping , thawed
Make the maple walnuts: combine butter and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup in a saucepan. Cook on medium heat until butter melts. Add walnuts and stir constantly about 5-7 minutes or until walnuts are evenly candied. Place on parchment paper and allow to cool. Break up graham crackers and place into a large mixing bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of maple syrup into a microwave bowl and heat in the microwave for 60 seconds. Pour over graham crackers and evenly coat. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk until well combined. Add pumpkin puree and cinnamon. Mix to combine. Fold in 2 cups of whipped topping until there are no more white streaks. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining whipped topping and remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and fold until well blended.
Fill a decorater bag with 2/3 cup of the maple cream and set aside.
Place 1/3 graham crackers evenly in the bottom of a trifle bowl. Top graham crackers cracker evenly with 1/2 the pumpkin filling. Top with 1/3 graham crackers. Top that with remaining maple cream. Top that with the final 1/3 graham crackers. Top with remaining pumpkin filling. Break up the maple walnuts add to the top center of the trifle in a circle shape. Decorate the top of the trifle with the decorator bag of maple cream as in picture. Cover top of trifle bowl with plastic wrap.
Recipe adapted from: Jolts & Jollies
Refrigerate trifle for up to 4 hours or overnight.
Serve and enjoy!
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