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Carrie is always in search of a great dessert.  We all win!

The taste: Yum! Light, fluffy chocolaty dessert with a hint of pumpkin and amaretto.  For me, this is perfect.  I’m not a huge fan of that overwhelming spiced pumpkin flavor that is the mainstay on many a Thanksgiving table.  This would be a nice alternative if you are not tied to the traditional pumpkin pie flavor.

The ease: Simple, especially with the assistance of my handy-dandy Kitchen Aid mixer.  God, I love that thing!  I think it took me about 25 minutes to make, start to finish.  Although it’s simple, it really is better the next day, so be sure to make a day ahead.  Also, the recipe says to “brush” the cocoa mixture on the ladyfingers, but I found that they did not soak up enough of the liquid.  Next time I would double the liquid cocoa mixture, and dip in the ladyfingers.

The fat-assness: It’s pretty bad.  At 677 calories per serving, you really do not want to overindulge on this one.  But, all things in moderation, right?

The clean-up: Not bad…3 bowls and the dish you assemble it in.  The recipe suggests an 8-inch square baking dish (but the picture shows a 9×13?), but for presentation’s sake, I opted for the trifle bowl.

The verdict: It’s being permanently added to my recipe collection.  I would make the adjustment to the ladyfingers and I think it would be a real winner.  It is not a top 10 dessert, but a solid standby for something a little different.

The tip: Getting your bowl and cream really cold before whipping speeds up the process.  I put my stainless steel bowl and cream in the freezer for a couple minutes before whipping, especially if I’m not going to use the mixer.