Also sad? I only realized that I have a few more months of being a sassy seminarian. So I should probably use up the name for all its worth before my tenure as such runs out.
I don't aspire to be a food blogger, but I always like trying new things, so here it is. Earlier this week, a friend's facebook post caught my eye:
So, I resolved that these would grace my family's new kitchen this weekend, and today I made it happen. Who says I'm not productive on the weekends?
First gather some ingredients.
1 package of sugar free/fat free vanilla instant pudding mix
1 15 oz can of pure pumpkin [NOT pumpkin pie filling!] (or 15 oz of the real stuff if you're good like that)
1 8 oz tub of Cool Whip Lite (thawed per directions)
1 cup of fat free milk
Pumpkin Pie spice
Ginger snaps (4-6 cookies per parfait)
Plenty of miniature semisweet chocolate chips
Start by pouring the milk into a large bowl.
Then, if you're going to be photographing this whole process, find yourself a willing assistant. Then take a blurry picture of her, because you haven't quite figured out how to properly manually adjust your dad's awesome DSLR camera.
Pour in the package of instant pudding mix while whisking, so the mix doesn't clump. The assistant might become unreasonably excited about this step.
Whisk it until it's all combined and the consistency of pudding. It will be thicker than normal pudding, but that's a good thing. Try not to eat it as is.
Now, add some of the pumpkin pie spice.
In this family, we like a lot of pumpkin pie spice.
Well, most of us do.
Now, pop open that can of pumpkin.
Ponder it for a moment.
Model it, if you so choose.
Then dump it in the milk/pudding/spice mixture. All of it.
Then, have your assistant do some actual work and mix it all around.
Make sure it's all nice and combined.
Then grab some whipped cream.
And dump the whole container in the bowl.
Then mix all of that around...
...until it looks like this! Now, you could stop right here, put a good cup of it in a bowl, and eat it. It's basically pumpkin mousse. It's light, fluffy heaven in a bowl.
If you're like me and you don't want to make the parfaits right away, put the bowl in the fridge. You should refrigerate any leftover fluff anyway. This will also help firm it up a little bit, which is good for the parfaits.
While the fluff is in the fridge, go to your nearest IKEA and pick up these adorable little glasses. You can get a package of six 6-ounce glasses for $1.50! Truthfully: we bought these today specifically for the purpose of making the parfaits. There's no shame in that.
Grab one of the glasses and a plastic bag.
Put the ginger snaps in the bag, and crush them using the glass. I left some large pieces and made some into the consistency of a powder, but that's entirely up to you.
Put them back in a bowl if you're going to be photographing your process.
Grab your bowl of miniature chocolate chips and try not to eat them.
Fill the cup about halfway, maybe a little more, with the fluff.
If you drop some on the counter and then accidentally smear it, pretend that you're on Top Chef, where they always smear some sort of foam or cream or whatever on the plate.
Put a generous amount of ginger snaps on top of the fluff. I like to use the bigger chunks for this part.
Then, after you've figured out the sweet spot of the manual focus, add some of the miniature chocolate chips, especially around the edge.
Add some more fluff on top and sprinkle with some more ginger snaps. I used the powder-like cookies for the topping.
Then, if you love chocolate like I do, add some more miniature chocolate chips. Or, as my friend up there suggested, some chocolate shavings. Whatever floats your boat.
Then, your mom and sister will tell you there aren't enough ginger snaps in the middle.
So you'll add some more, and your mom will tell you it needs ginger snaps on the bottom.
So you'll add them, and then you will have found the perfect combination of fluff and ginger snaps.
And there you have it: Pumpkin Fluff Parfaits. Refrigerate them until you're ready to eat, and then enjoy this fall treat! If you use all of the light ingredients, it's a little more healthy than most desserts, so it's practically guilt free :]
Any favorite fall recipes you'd like to share?
[Oh! And if you'd like to see all of the ridiculous pictures my sister and I took during this process, check them out here. There are 114 of them. Seriously. I promise you'll laugh.]