Test Kitchen: Pumpkin Pudding

Nov 29th

My friend Jean (the non-blog-reading, non-facebooking, new to texting one) called me the other day and said, “Heather! You like Pumpkin-ey stuff. You have to make this and see how it is. Rachel Ray SWEARS by it. Says it’s always thought to be AMAZING at any gathering.” or something like that.

I do like me some pumpkin-ey stuff.

She twisted my arm without ever twisting it. I found the recipe online and it looked reaaaaallly easy. I bet ten bucks Rachel was doing a turkey leftover marathon, but I digress.

The ingredients were few and pretty standard. I only had to go to the store for a bag of Gingersnap Cookies and Heavy Whipping Cream. Talk about an easy recipe! All but 2 ingredients thrown in a bowl and mixed with a hand mixer for a few minutes!

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Whipped up Cream, meet spicy Pumpkin mixture; Pumpkin, Whipped Cream.

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I couldn’t remember how many cups were in a pint, so I got 3 pints because I hate running out to the store mid-recipe. [Two pints was all we needed. I used the rest in my coffee.]

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Assembly: overlapping is nice and oh man that stuff is good. Wow! At this point, I was hearing Britney Spears chanting in my head, Gimme, gimme more, gimme more, gimme gimme more… but I had to wait at least 4 hours. ::sigh:: 

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Pumpkin Pudding
The Rachael Ray Show, AirDate 11/20/08

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (15 ounces)(not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix (5.1-ounces)
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 box Ginger Snaps (12 ounces)

Preparation:
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin, spices, pudding mix and a good splash of water (about 1/4 cup). Using an electric mixer, beat everything together until smooth and thickened, about 2 minutes. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until blended and no streaks of pudding remain.

To assemble, layer the cookies and pudding mixture in a serving dish (or several individual dishes) in whatever fashion you like. Cover the puddings with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 and up to 8 hours (you want the ginger snaps to soften up from sitting in the pudding mixture).

Top with some ground cinnamon or more whipped cream if you like, and serve cold. Serves 8.

hthr says: if you like pumpkin &/or gingersnaps – go for it! Leave it in the fridge at least 5 hours though so the cookies soften. Two hours seems pretty premature to me. So yummy….no one has to know it was this easy except you! (edited to add: 24 hours later … yes. that is the magic dessert time.)

brian says: “I thought it was very good. Umm. The gingersnap cookies made me want to try a different crust on a pumpkin pie.”

Mmmm. Now you’re talkin. Get back in that kitchen!