Gary’s Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

An optional serving method would be to place the layers in a punch bowl.

Gary's Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 14 oz. Gingerbread mix
  • 1 pkg. Cook & Serve Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 30 oz. Pumpkin Pie filling
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • ⅓ tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • ½ c. Ginger snaps, crushed
  • 12 oz. whipped cream
  1. Bake the two gingerbread mixes according to the directions on the package.
  2. Prepare the pudding according to the package directions & set aside to cool. When fully cooled stir in the pumpkin pie filling, brown sugar, & cinnamon into the pudding.
  3. Pour ½ of the pudding mixture over one gingerbread & add a layer of whipped topping. Repeat with the remaining gingerbread & pudding mixture with the whipped cream.
  4. Sprinkle the top with crushed ginger snaps if desired & refrigerate overnight.

Photo courtesy of Gingerbread Couple by sweetopia*.

Berry Buckle

Monica Says: We had this at a friend’s house for Thanksgiving and loved it so much we made it for Christmas!

Berry Buckle
Recipe type: Dessert
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  • 2 c. flour
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ c. shortening
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c. milk
  • 2 c. fresh or frozen berries
  • ½ c. flour
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ c. butter or margarine
  1. Grease bottom & ½" up sides of a 9"x9"x2" baking pan.
  2. Combine the 2 c. flour, baking powder, & salt. In another mixing bowl, beat shortening for 30 seconds. Add the ¾ c. sugar.
  3. Beat on medium to high speed until light & fluffy. Add egg; beat well.
  4. Add dry mixture & milk alternately to beaten egg mixture, beating until smooth after each addition.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with fruit.
  6. Combine the ½ c. flour, ½ c. sugar, & cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over berries.
  7. Bake in a 350°F oven for 50-60 minutes or until golden.

Photo Courtesy of Sergey Kukota on Flickr

Stewed Rhubarb Tarts

Submitted by Ruth


1 bunch rhubarb (~5 stalks) ¼ c. brown sugar
2 cinnamon quills 1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 star anise 1 c. cold water
1 batch sweet shortcrust pastry 13.2 oz. (375g) semi-sweet chocolate
1 pkg. custard powder strawberries
white sugar


  1. Rhubarb by ksbuehler on FlickrSlice the rhubarb thinly and put it, the brown sugar, water, & spices in a saucepan on lowest heat for about an hour, with the lid on, until the rhubarb has totally collapsed. Strain the liquid into a bowl or jug. Remove the cinnamon & star anise & then set the rhubarb aside to cool.
  2. Create a batch of sweet shortcrust pastry (see link for recipe). Once you’ve mixed it all up, put it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling out.
  3. Roll out your pastry & place in your tart or pie dish. Cover with parchment paper & fill with rice or baking weights & bake for about 15 minutes. Allow to cool while melting chocolate.
  4. Melt 375g (about 13.2 oz) of semi-sweet good quality chocolate. When the chocolate is melted, pour it into the base of the tart. Don’t fill it too much, you want just a thin layer. Refrigerate until chocolate sets.
  5. Make custard. You could do this from scratch, or use 1 box of custard powder & make according to the directions on the package.
  6. Once your chocolate/pastry has hardened, put a layer of the cooled rhubarb on top of the chocolate. Pour the custard over the rhubarb & put in the refrigerator to set. You need the custard to set to about the firmness of Jell-O before you top with strawberries.
  7. Decorate the top with strawberries. It’s hard to say exactly how many you will need, but about three baskets should do it. Once the custard has set, layer the strawberries, halved, on top of the custard in a circle starting from the outer edge until right in the middle. Make a second layer on top to cover any visible gaps where you can see the custard.
  8. Sprinkle with fine white sugar & put back in the refrigerator. The strawberries will absorb the sugar & turn into a sort of glaze. If you want to get fancy, you can use a dessert torch to heat the sugar & caramelize it into a nice crust. Serve with vanilla ice cream on the side.

Chef’s Note: You can omit the rhubarb and use more strawberries to turn this into just a strawberry tart.

Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole

Submitted by Nicole~
Serves 4


3 sweet potatoes, peeled & quartered ½ c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 large cooking apples ¼ c. all purpose flour
¼ c. additional brown sugar, firmly packed ¼ c. butter
¼ c. chopped pecans


  1. sweet potatoes and apples by Orbital Joe on FlickrPeel, core, and cut the apples into ¼” rings.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil & cook 25 minutes, or until tender but firm. Drain, cool & cut into ¼” slices.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a 7×11″ baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg.
  5. Layer sweet potatoes, brown sugar mixture & apples in the prepared baking dish.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, butter & pecans. Sprinkle over the sweet potatoes.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.

JELL-O Ween Poke Brownies

Submitted by Trish
Yields 32


19.8 oz. brownie mix 1½ c. cold milk
1 package (4 serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding red food coloring
yellow food coloring


  1. Prepare & bake brownie mix as directed on the package for 8″ or 9″ square baking pan.  Remove from the oven.  Immediately use round handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes at 1″ intervals down through the brownies to the pan.
  2. Pour cold milk into a large bowl.  Add the pudding mix.  Beat with a wire whisk for 2 minutes.  Stir in a few drops of each color food coloring to tint the mixture orange. 
  3. Quickly pour about ½ of the thin pudding evenly over the warm brownies & into the holes.  Let remaining pudding mixture stand to thicken slightly.  Spread the remaining pudding over top of the brownies to “frost”.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready to serve.  Cut into 2″ squares.  Cut each square diagonally into triangles.