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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.