Dazzling Dessert

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Although the dictionary defines trifle as something insignificant, this dazzling dessert is anything but. Hosts have been impressing their guests for hundreds of years by serving trifle. The earliest known trifle recipe was published in a book called “The Good Huswife’s Jewell” in 1596. The recipe called for a thick cream flavored with sugar, ginger and rosewater. Some sixty years later milk was added to the sugar mixture with eggs to create a custard and was poured over alcohol soaked bread. From these humble beginnings, a stunning dessert was born.

Paula’s Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle is as simple as it is spectacular. In no time you will be impressing your holiday guests with this spicy version. Serve it in a large decorative trifle dish for a big bang of visual appeal, or try what Paula loves to do and line up individual servings on a buffet in decorative small mason jars with a hand stamped name card tied with a strand of ribbon or twine on each jar. Your guests will have fun finding their own dessert, and even more fun eating it!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle
Chocolate Trifle
Raspberry and Sherry Trifle
Red Velvet Trifle
White Chocolate Lemon Trifle

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Paula, I have been copying your recipes ever since I found you on Food Network. I watch all of your shows. I use your recipes whenever possible and everyone just loves them and wonders how I comeup with such a dish and I have to say "Paula's recipe". Love your show and hope someday to be able to come to Savannah and meet you personally, that is my dream to be able to do this someday before it is too late. Love you Paula and may God always shine down upon you and your family! Barbara

By Barbara Touchton on August 14, 2012

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Paula, I have been copying your recipes ever since I found you on Food Network. I watch all of your shows. I use your recipes whenever possible and everyone just loves them and wonders how I comeup with such a dish and I have to say "Paula's recipe". Love your show and hope someday to be able to come to Savannah and meet you personally, that is my dream to be able to do this someday before it is too late. Love you Paula and may God always shine down upon you and your family! Barbara

By Barbara Touchton on August 14, 2012

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These look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the history of a trifle wink.

By Angela Madathil on August 22, 2011

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By kaite on March 01, 2011

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I love to cook, and I cook very well. I to have my own story of how I learned, why I learned, and so on. Southern cooking is mostly the type, but there isn't anything I can't cook. I am a working nurse, married to a farmer. With that being said, he plants me a garden each year. Mind you, it's a huge garden that we eat from as well as I can anything from tomatoes, soup stock, green beans, pickles, pickled peppers so on. Winter garden for greens, collards, cabbage (made kraut this weekend). My dream is to win the lottery and be able to quit work and start a catering business or resturant. I love cooking and would be happy doing it forever, Paula you are an inspiration to me. I have one of your cook books Lady and Sons and hope to purchase more in the future. Sabrena McSwain

By Sabrena McSwain on January 17, 2011

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Paula, It looks great. I would like to try it some time.

By Joshua Senner on January 04, 2011

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Steven, the measuring cups are available online at http://www.pauladeenstore.com.

By Lisa the Admin on January 03, 2011

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this look good

By Anonymous on December 29, 2010

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I served a mixed berry trifle on Christmas Day. It was made of layers of mixed berries, pound cake,vanilla pudding, and whipped cream. It turned out lovely and it was the perfect dessert!

By Karen on December 28, 2010

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Dear Paula, My Wife and, I truly love you shows. But we were wondering where you get those plain silver measuring cups that you use, we would like to purchase them if possible. THANK YOU Steve& Linda Boguszewski AND A VERY BLESSED AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU

By Steven Boguszewski on December 28, 2010

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HI PAUL DEEN AND THE FAMILY I AM YOUR FAVEIT FRIEND AND I REED I LIKE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY OK AND YOU AE SOD NICE PERSON TO YOUR FAN US YOUR FAMINY THAT I THANK YOU AER SO NICE TO POEPLE NED ONE WILL LOVE TO SEE YOU IN COVINA AND AT THE BOOK STOER SINGIG YOUR COOK BOOKOK

By tinawright on December 22, 2010

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Thanks Paula for ALL of the wonderful recipes grin Love 'em and love you too! Can't wait to try the Chocolate Pecan Pie grin

By Kathy Ford on December 21, 2010

Great dessert that was a big hit at Christmas this year

By Stephanie on December 25, 2009

Great dessert that was a big hit at Christmas this year

By Stephanie on December 25, 2009

I love Paula!

By Samantha on December 21, 2009

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
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I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
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