October 22, 2013

Pumpkin Custard Graham Cracker Parfaits

There are the things your friends won't let you live down. You know, those moments that always come up in reminiscing, like "remember the time you (not-appropriate-to-post-on-a-blog)? That was awesome!" Then there are the things your parents won't let you live down. You know those things... 

Pumpkin Custard Parfaits

A few Thanksgivings ago, I made a Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle for dinner with family and now my Mom won't let me live it down. Not that it was bad. Oh no, it was damn good, but now ever since then we have to have Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle for every holiday dessert. I can't make anything else. It really was so good that my parents won't let me live it down:

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

The base is a gingerbread cake crumbled into pieces. The pumpkin mixture is pumpkin, whipping cream, gelatin and brown sugar. Then the trifle is layered with gingerbread cake, pumpkin cream and whipping cream. We English know how to make good trifles. I'll let you in on an English secret though; it's called Bird's Custard Powder. The trifle above does not use custard and instead has a pumpkin mixture; however, the new recipe I tried last week to keep my pumpkin fix going is so much easier with a little Bird's.

Bird's Custard Powder

Pumpkin Custard Graham Cracker Parfaits (adapted from this recipe)
Pumpkin Custard:

2 cups milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tbsp Bird's custard powder
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon, ginger, allspice

Pumpkin Custard Parfaits


Whip 1 cup whipping cream with 2 tbsp of sugar until it forms peaks or use canned whipped cream. You can also use crushed shortbread cookies instead of the graham cracker crumbs. Layer the graham cracker crumbs, pumpkin custard and cream into jars or a glass trifle bowl. I usually like custard warm, but these are best served cold so the cream and custard layer nicely and don't melt together.

Orange Cauliflower

We always get sent home with leftovers, including turkey and sometimes trifle. I discovered something at the grocery store that is apparently also a Canadian discovery: orange cauliflower. This was something interesting to have with leftover turkey instead of potatoes. This dish is also based on the Cauliflower Cheese that my Mom makes that I love. The orange variety is also known as "cheddar cauliflower" because of it's colour, so you pretty much have to have it with cheese. Also, the orange variety also has more vitamin A than regular cauliflower. 

Cauliflower Mushroom Casserole

Cauliflower Mushroom Casserole (adapted from this recipe):

1 cauliflower, trimmed and cored into flourets
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3-4 mushrooms
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
3 tbsp greek yoghurt (I substituted 1 tbsp of cream cheese and 2 tbsp of milk)
Salt and pepper to taste and handful of panko bread crumbs to top

Cauliflower Mushroom Casserole


1. Steam the cauliflower in a small pot until soft. You can also roast the cauliflower in the oven on a baking sheet brushed with olive oil for a slightly more caramelized taste.
2. In a saucepan, add olive oil and add the onions, garlic and mushrooms. Add seasoning and cook until slightly browned.
3. In a small bowl, combine the greek yoghurt and 1/4 cup cheese.
4. In a baking dish, add the vegetables and cheese mixture. Top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs. Bake for 30 minutes at 350F. 

Cauliflower Mushroom Casserole

Speaking of vegetables and comfort food, Happy Planet just launched four new soups and a refreshed line of smoothies and they want to celebrate by sending two lucky people to the Delicious Food Show in Toronto this weekend. The show runs Oct. 25-27 2013 at the Better Living Centre.


Happy Planet is helping me give a lucky person two FREE tickets (value $40) for one day admission to the Delicious Food show, as well as $60 worth of Happy Planet coupons (a total $100 value for both). The tickets are good for admission on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Special guests Martha Stewart, Lynn Crawford, Michael Smith, Mark McEwan and more celebrties will be there and of course, there will be a lot of good food. I will randomly select a winner, announce the lucky person and contact them before this Thursday, October 24 at 11:59 pm.

How to enter: 
1. Leave a comment below telling me what dishes you enjoyed this past Thanksgiving.
2. Follow me on Twitter @LauraDFoodie and reply to me with the phrase ".@I want to win a pair of tickets to the @deliciousshow this weekend! http://tinyurl.com/o7jycv6 #DFS13" or just say that you would like to go to the show this weekend.
3. Comment on this post on Google+
Good luck and see you there!


  1. We had a potluck Thanksgiving with my family and my favorite was the roasted carrot, yam and squash dish I improvised. That and pumpkin pie, you can never have enough pumpkin pie! :)

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