As a food YouTuber and blogger, I find myself trying to tell you how things taste when I post recipes. It is actually very hard to do and trying recipes for taste is something that you have to do yourself. What I like, might not be what you like (even though it should be) . With Christmas right around the corner, what I love for seasonal tastes are gingerbread, eggnog and sugar cookies. So with this recipe for Eggnog Gingerbread trifle, I’m getting two of my favourites in one! If you like either of these flavours, you’ll love this! If you don’t like either, just make it anyway.
Every year in Kindergarten we make Gingerbread houses. This is the first year ever, where I have stopped to think about WHY we make Gingerbread houses? Seriously, what is the purpose of a Gingerbread house, and why does it tie in with the holiday season? Is it the Gingerbread Man’s fault? Is it Hanzel and Gretel’s? How does it tie in with Santa, and if you’re one of those religious types, how does it fit in with the birth of a baby in Bethlehem?
Upon a serious search of Wikipedia-Gingerbread, I’m really no better off. My understanding is mostly that it is a European tradition, based loosely on the Hanzel and Gretel fairy tale (I knew the fantasy of having a house made out of candy would have to have some blame), and that in some places, whole cities get together to build life like structures out of gingerbread! How cool would that be?
So I went searching for pictures to inspire the kids with, and here is a European inspired chalet with real looking snow on the roof! There are many more cool examples over at: socialcafemag.com
Gingerbread Eggnog Trifle
This one is not on my Holiday Baking To Do List, but it should have been! I have a love for my trifle bowl . . . and it is a love that was put on hold for the last year as my trifle bowl went missing last Christmas! Thank goodness my parents found it at their house, put away with the Christmas decorations in the basement. It was just in time too . . . I was about to go in search of a replacement bowl.
I made this recipe up myself . . . I am sure there are 1000 recipes out there on the internet! I’m refusing to look as I don’t want to ruin future attempts of creativity and trying something new! If I don’t know that someone else has thought of it before, I am the genius!
For this recipe, I combined three of my favourite holiday tastes . . . gingerbread, shortbread, and eggnog! Mmmmm . . . I’m salivating at the thought . . . and I already ate (more than) my fair share!
Gingerbread Eggnog Trifle
1 package of Gingerbread Cookies
1 package of Shortbread Cookies
4 cups of Eggnog
2 packages of Vanilla Pudding
250 ml Whipped Cream
1. Make eggnog pudding by using eggnog instead of milk by following the vanilla pudding directions on the box.
2. Whip cream.
3. Crush shortbread cookies into crumbs.
Arrange trifle in these orders: gingerbread, pudding, shortbread, whipping cream . . . repeat until you get to the top. Decorate as you feel inspired to do so!
We enjoyed this trifle after Christmas dinner. It was so good, but our poor stomach’s barely had enough room to fit it in. Thank goodness for my 19 year old cousin Jeff, who came back for seconds. Boxing Day . . . we’ll be eating the leftovers!
Happy Holidays from my family to yours.