By Michelle Brooks of Sterilite Corporation
The holidays are upon us – my absolute favorite time of the year! The beautiful colors of fall have been replaced by twinkling lights and garland instantly putting me in a festive mood. Yes, it can be hectic, crazy and stressful but I try hard to keep a smile on my face and enjoy the season.
My ideal way to escape the chaos is to play Christmas carols, pour myself some eggnog and bake. I enjoy baking for family and friends, and since there never seems to be enough time, I love recipes that are quick and easy.
Here is one of my favorites – the Pumpkin Trifle. It blends pumpkin and gingerbread, two of the yummy flavors of the season. And to make this even easier, you can create it right in a Sterilite Ultra•Seal™ bowl and then carry it safely to the party.
I used the Ultra•Seal™ 4.7 Quart Bowl – if your bowl is smaller or larger, you can adjust the ingredients.
2 boxes of Pumpkin Spice pudding (this can be hard to find so I made my own using French vanilla pudding, adding some pumpkin pie filling to taste and a sprinkle or two of cinnamon)
1 box gingerbread cake mix
1 package of Pecan Sandies, crushed
2 cups of pecans, crushed
Large size Cool Whip (use regular, not fat free)
Optional: use a can of whipped cream instead for a fun top layer
Vanilla wafers or gingerbread cookies for decoration
Bake the cake and let cool. I sometimes bake this the night before so it has plenty of time to cool – put it in a storage container to keep it fresh.
Mix pudding according to package directions. You can also make this ahead of time.
Break the cake into crumbles and line the bottom of the bowl with half of the cake.