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Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Trifles – a delicious dessert with layers of pumpkin pie, pecan pie and vanilla custard, perfect for a party, get together or gift giving this holiday season.
Pumpkin pie and pecan pie are two of my favorite pies, and I often have a hard time choosing between the two at holiday gatherings. I usually end of having a little slice of each, they go so well together.
This holiday season, I thought it would be fun to make a dessert, for my family’s holiday gathering, that combines pumpkin pie and pecan pie. I decided to make individual-serving-sized trifles with a layer of pumpkin pie, a layer of pecan pie, and a layer of vanilla custard in between.
I’ve mentioned that with three active, young kids, life is busy at our house. And, things get even busier during the holiday season. Therefore, I like to take advantage of shortcuts in the kitchen, such as combining homemade items with prepared items.
For these Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Trifles, I planned to make a homemade vanilla custard. So that these desserts would come together quickly, I decided to use some delicious Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies for the pie layers.
At my local Walmart, I picked up a Marie Callender’s® Pumpkin Pie and a Marie Callender’s® Southern Pecan Pie. Both are located in the Pie & Toppings aisle. I also picked up some caramel sauce for drizzling on the trifles.
In the Dairy section at Walmart, I picked up some of the ingredients for my vanilla custard, including whole milk, heavy cream and eggs, as well as some Reddi-Wip® for topping the trifles.
How to Make Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Trifles
Back at home, when it was time to make the trifles, the first step was to prepare the Marie Callender’s® Dessert Pies according to the package directions. The pumpkin pie requires time for defrosting, baking and chilling; the pecan pie requires time for defrosting.
Next, I made the vanilla custard. First, I beat the eggs in a mixing bowl, then added heavy cream and whole milk, whisking after each addition.
I then added sugar, cornstarch and salt to a large heavy pot and whisked to combine. I added a half cup of the milk mixture to the sugar mixture and whisked to combine, using a spatula to scrap the edges of the pot. Then, I added the rest of the milk mixture to the pot and whisked to combine.
I cooked the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickened and came to a boil, about 15-20 minutes. I let it boil and whisked for an additional minute.
Then, I removed the pot from the heat and immediately placed it in a large pan filled with a mixture of ice and ice water. Gently, I stirred the mixture with a spatula for a few minutes. Then, I added the vanilla and whisked to combine.
Next, I transferred the custard to a dish and pressed a sheet of plastic wrap over the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Finally, I placed the dish in the refrigerator and allowed it to chill thoroughly. It needs to chill for at least 1 hour.
Assembling the Trifles
Once my vanilla custard was thoroughly chilled, it was time to assemble the Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Trifles.
First, I gathered the ingredients I would need, including my prepared Marie Callender’s Pumpkin Pie and Southern Pecan Pie, my vanilla custard, caramel sauce and Reddi-Wip, as well as some trifle glasses.
To assemble a trifle, I first put some of the pecan pie into the bottom of a glass, pressing down with a spoon to create an even layer. Then I added some of the vanilla custard to the glass, pressing down with a spoon to create an even layer. Then, I added some of the pumpkin pie to the glass, again pressing down with a spoon to create an even layer.
I then drizzled a teaspoon or two of the caramel sauce over the top of the trifle and topped it with Reddi-Wip. I then repeated the process with the remaining glasses.
These Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Trifles are so delicious. The Marie Callender’s Pumpkin Pie and Southern Pecan Pies go so well together and the vanilla custard really complements them both nicely. The little drizzle of caramel sauce and the Reddi-Wip are the perfect toppings.
These festive and satisfying Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Trifles are so easy to put together and the perfect way to share the joy of pie with my family during our Christmas get together this holiday season.
Trifles are Great for Gift Giving
Every holiday season, my friends in our Carlisle neighborhood, enjoy exchanging gifts. I love to include homemade items in my gifts and this year decided that my Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Trifles would make wonderful gifts.
To prepare my Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Trifles as gifts, I made them in half pint mason jars, and added some festive ribbon. They were so pretty and the perfect way to give a gift that brings the comfort of home.
These delicious Pumpkin and Pecan Pie Trifles, with layers of pumpkin pie, pecan pie and vanilla custard are perfect for a holiday party or get together. Package these little trifles in pretty mason jars for a wonderful homemade gift for family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or teachers.
What is your favorite pie to enjoy during the holiday season? Please let me know in the comments below!