Finally, I get to make this gingersnap pumpkin parfait. I've had this recipe in the blog hopper, so to speak, since fall of last year. Why so long? There was never the "right" time to make it, because by the time I thought about it, fall was long gone. And no one wants to make a pumpkin recipe in April. This recipe, courtesy of Gourmet Magazine, is great. The hardest part of the recipe requires you to "bloom" gelatin over warm water for a minute. If you can handle that -- which I know you can -- then you're good to go.
Pumpkin Gingersnap Parfait
From start to finish the parfaits took me about one hour to make, which doesn't take into account time spent wondering if I just should just eat the whipped pumpkin creme directly out of the bowl (I did not). If you're in a time crunch, you can make the parfaits one day ahead of time and let them just chill out in the fridge. I also recommend using either Ziploc-turned-piping bags or professional pastry piping bags to layer the pumpkin mixture and whipped cream. That way you end up with the clean layers inside the glass, rather than all over the sides. Here's how you make them:
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2 1/4 tsp)
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 (15-oz) can pure pumpkin
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 cups chilled heavy cream, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, divided
- 20 gingersnap cookies, coarsely crushed
- EQUIPMENT: 8 (6- to 8-oz) glasses
Pumpkin Parfaits: Step By Step
Need some more guidance? Here are step-by-step photos. Hopefully they're helpful!
You're all done! Stick the parfaits in the refrigerator for a few hours and serve up to one day later. If you can wait that long!