Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Best Shortbread and Eggnog Pudding Trifles for Walker's Shortbread


The weather was just a bit chilly last Saturday but I couldn't resist a walk in the woods behind our house. The fall canopy was so beautiful that I decided to grab my camera and set up a little impromptu dessert table.  It was the perfect backdrop for a new dessert.

I was asked a few weeks ago by Walker's Shortbread if I'd like to receive some of their products for recipe development.  Are you kidding me? I love shortbread!  In fact, I like to say that it saved my life when I traveled through part of Scotland feeling rather ill. It was the only thing that settled my stomach.

I love the Walker's brand, and if  you're not familiar with them then I must tell you, their shortbread is the best!  Just read the ingredients on the side of the box: wheat flour, butter, sugar, salt.   That's it folks!


Being on the cusp of the Christmas hustle and bustle, I decided to develop a festive eggnog pudding recipe and layer it between buttery shortbread crumbs.  It tastes much like an eggnog pie.


I really enjoyed my little photo-taking journey and dessert "en plein air", but I grew a little uneasy at being alone in the woods.  I kept hearing animals scurrying around and often felt like I was being watched.  I saw acrobatic squirrels and a host of crazy-looking fungi on trees and all over the ground.

I couldn't believe all the neat things just outside my back yard! 

Beautiful white fungi



Best Shortbread and Eggnog Pudding Trifles

Makes about 4-5 - 8oz. trifles                                                                   [click for printable recipe]

2 - 5.3oz. boxes of Walker's Shortbread Petticoat Tails

2 cups of commercially prepared eggnog
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup milk -cold
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
Grated fresh nutmeg for sprinkling

Reserve 4 shortbread petticoat tails for garnish.  In a large bowl, crush the remaining shortbread cookies with your hands until crumbs form.  Place 2-3 tablespoons of crumbs in the bottom of 4 -5  8oz. glasses (I used small canning jars).

Pudding:

Pour 2 cups eggnog, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium-high heat.   In a small bowl, make a slurry with the cornstarch and cold milk, whisking vigorously until no lumps remain.  Add the two egg yolks to the slurry and whisk again until combined. 

When the eggnog mixture has come to a boil, remove from heat and slowly pour in the slurry while whisking constantly.  Return to heat and cook again until the mixture thickens but is still pourable (this will only take 1 or 2 more minutes).   Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and butter.  Stir until combined then pour a layer of pudding over crumbs in each glass. Continue to layer cookie crumbs over pudding until glasses are filled.


Whipped topping:

1/2 cup heavy cream
3 tbsp extra-fine sugar

In a small bowl, whip heavy cream on medium high speed with an electric mixer.  Gradually pour in extra fine sugar, 1 tbsp at a time.  Increase speed to high and whip until thick and fluffy.  Dollop whipped cream on top of trifles and sprinkle over freshly grated nutmeg.  Embellish with reserved shortbread petticoat tails.

*This recipe will be featured at WalkersUS.com.

An offering for my watchful forest friends.

54 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Heather these are SO cute! I would love a big bite of that.

Morgan Trinker said...

there are just no words to describe how in awe of you i am.... and i feel like i'm beginning to sound super creepy/stalkerish. :) stunning photographs and mouthwatering, creative treats AS ALWAYS!

Heather said...

Looks delicious!!!

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

sooooooo i noticed those are in jars that might have lids? all the better to ship them to me? ;)

Emily said...

These are such amazing photos. Absolutely stunning!

postcards and pretties said...

that looks amazing!! the styling is gorgeous as well

Lora said...

look delicious and the styling is so beautiful!

linda said...

your posts are magnificent & presentation meticulous!
the autumnal colors of your photographs are so lovely.
happy t.day to you!

Holly said...

Gorgeous!!! Sounds delish too:)

The Blue-Eyed Bakers said...

Eggnog pudding?! Goodness that's genius! And we LOVE shortbread too...this dessert looks divine!

Chele said...

Perfectly stunnng photos - I'm going to book mark this recipe for Christmas Eve!

Amy @ The Nifty Foodie said...

Ok, these are adorable! Not to mention, they sound delicious!

Ashley E said...

So pretty! I wish AZ had a winter like the one pictured. Not where we're at! and we are egg nog-aholics sin alcohol.

Fashion Meets Food said...

oh my goodness these are way too adorable.

xo

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot said...

Heather these photos are beautiful! I adore your little outdoor dessert party. Walker's Shortbread is my favourite too!

Kristen said...

Absolutely stunning! I think a walk in the woods is perfect backdrop as well. Well done!

Kim said...

Wow! I love this recipe. It's perfect for holidays!

baking.serendipity said...

These look fantastic! I love their presentation and all the fall photos :)

Lindsay Jewell said...

These photos are amazing! Gosh. :)

Leslie said...

What an amazing recipe you created!

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

anything with eggnog works for me! looks wonderful!!

Ashley said...

Absolutely gorgeous and looks delicious! Xoxoxo 1942charm.blogspot.com

Sue said...

What a treat for the senses! I love the jars for the individual servings! This dessert is such a delicious idea! Your forest friends are really going to watch you closely next time, now that you've left them a treat:)

Mara... said...

Wow, the presentation is delightful!!! I love how you put them in jars, I bet they were fun to eat too!!

koralee said...

You amaze me my friend....not only a yummmy recipe but such inspiring images...sigh...I soooo love visiting you. LOVE IT!

Happy Thanksgiving. oxxoxo

Nachiketa said...

Love this post.... amazing :)

Cheers,
The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

Lauren said...

Your photographs are simply stunning... and these trifles look delicious! Horizon just came out with a low-fat organic eggnog, which would be perfect for the pudding. I will have to make this for the winter holidays!

Away We Go, Clementine! said...

You are so creative,these look delish!

Kathleen said...

Love this trifle! As always your photos are amazing!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely pictures and wonderful dessert! Your shortbread looks marvelous and that combo is soooo droolworthy.

Cheers,

Rosa

We Are Not Martha said...

These are just beautiful! My boyfriend loves eggnog and I'm sure he'd really appreciate it if I made these for him :)

Sues

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

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humanelatte said...

That flavor combination sounds wonderful!

anna said...

I didn't think there was much one could do to improve either shortbread or eggnog, but I never thought of putting them together! That is brilliant and delicious.

Stay-At-Home-Chef said...

What a stunning and very festive looking dessert! Will definitely give this recipe a try. Soon. Maybe right now. Yup - right now.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Wow I am amazed by the beautiful photo location you chose! Happy Thankgiving to you and your family!

Dina said...

cute presentation! looks delicious. creative!

hailey said...

those look absolutely delicious! I cannot wait to give these a try :)

Megan said...

You did Walker's proud!!! Stumbled

Sprinkles of Parsley said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Your photography is beautiful and the recipe looks divine!

Heather Ozee said...

That's so cool Heather! Way to go sweet girl.
Can't wait to make for Roxy, she's my eggnog nut, like mommy of course ;)

Love You Cous!

Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes said...

Gorgeous.

I love shortbread too - so simple yet so delicious.

These desserts look amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Ms. Morgan said...

This looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing. Hope you get a chance to read and follow my food blog: http://epicureanenthusiast.blogspot.com/

Ingrid said...

Oh, I love eggnog. And using it and the shortbread to turn them into a trifle is a wonderful thing.

Gorgeous photos (as usual!)!
~ingrid

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Ahhhhh, a crisp fall day & how perfectly you captured it in your food styling, recipe & photography! I agree, who doesn't LOVE shortbread - I know I do. Paired with the eggnog pudding this recipe sounds wonderful.
The noises in the woods would freak me out too! You had to schlep a lot of stuff out there ;) xo

Janine said...

YUMM! I'm definitely going to try this! I love your blog! I have actually given you an award! Check out my blog for more info! http://janinethemachine.blogspot.com/ Have a great day!

LunaCafe said...

Heather, these are gorgeous! I can taste them from here. :-) ...Susan

Lili said...

Just when I think you can't possibly top a previous post! I'm constantly WOWED by your creativity Heather. Enjoyed so much seeing your backyard dessert table with all those perfect little details, like the milkglass compote with the border of shamrocks, and your miniature milk bottle glasses. And how much fun to see the sweet offering you left for the critters! xo ~Lili

OLGUIS said...

wow nice pictures and yummy dessert.
Regards
olga.

lb said...

Looks Delicious! Beautiful pictures!

Esme said...

THis looks delicious.

DJB said...

Glad I am not the only crazy person with fungi pictures.

Rachel said...

I made this for our Christmas dessert. It was very good. I had never made pudding from scratch before and had a little difficulty determining when it was done, but I made it through and know I will be able to make this with confidence next time knowing a tasty result is waiting for me. Thanks for the great recipe.

Crystal Marcos said...

You make this look so scrumptious! I am not crazy about eggnog but I gotta try this at Christmas. THanks!

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