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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pumpkin Parfaits



Pumpkin Parfaits
Recipe: Southern Living
Makes 4 servings


1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow creme
1 package (8 oz.) Neufchâtel (light cream) cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons thawed frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/4 cup crumbled gingersnap cookies


1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat marshmallow creme, Neufchâtel, and 1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate until smooth.

2. In another bowl, stir together pumpkin, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and remaining tablespoon orange juice concentrate. Fold in 1/4 cup of the cream cheese mixture until no white streaks remain.

3. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the remaining cream cheese mixture into each of four dessert or parfait glasses, followed by about 3 tablespoons of the pumpkin mixture. Repeat layers, ending with pumpkin. Chill until cold, at least 2 hours or up to 1 day. Just before serving, sprinkle each parfait with chopped pecans and gingersnap crumbs.