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!
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).
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.
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.
Heather these are SO cute! I would love a big bite of that.
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!
sooooooo i noticed those are in jars that might have lids? all the better to ship them to me? 😉
These are such amazing photos. Absolutely stunning!
that looks amazing!! the styling is gorgeous as well
look delicious and the styling is so beautiful!
your posts are magnificent & presentation meticulous!
the autumnal colors of your photographs are so lovely.
happy t.day to you!
Gorgeous!!! Sounds delish too:)
Eggnog pudding?! Goodness that's genius! And we LOVE shortbread too…this dessert looks divine!
Perfectly stunnng photos – I'm going to book mark this recipe for Christmas Eve!
Ok, these are adorable! Not to mention, they sound delicious!
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.
oh my goodness these are way too adorable.
Heather these photos are beautiful! I adore your little outdoor dessert party. Walker's Shortbread is my favourite too!
Absolutely stunning! I think a walk in the woods is perfect backdrop as well. Well done!
Wow! I love this recipe. It's perfect for holidays!
These look fantastic! I love their presentation and all the fall photos 🙂
These photos are amazing! Gosh. 🙂
What an amazing recipe you created!
anything with eggnog works for me! looks wonderful!!
Absolutely gorgeous and looks delicious! Xoxoxo 1942charm.blogspot.com
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:)
Wow, the presentation is delightful!!! I love how you put them in jars, I bet they were fun to eat too!!
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
Love this post…. amazing 🙂
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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!
You are so creative,these look delish!
Love this trifle! As always your photos are amazing!
Lovely pictures and wonderful dessert! Your shortbread looks marvelous and that combo is soooo droolworthy.
These are just beautiful! My boyfriend loves eggnog and I'm sure he'd really appreciate it if I made these for him 🙂
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That flavor combination sounds wonderful!
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.
What a stunning and very festive looking dessert! Will definitely give this recipe a try. Soon. Maybe right now. Yup – right now.
Wow I am amazed by the beautiful photo location you chose! Happy Thankgiving to you and your family!
cute presentation! looks delicious. creative!
those look absolutely delicious! I cannot wait to give these a try 🙂
You did Walker's proud!!! Stumbled
Absolutely gorgeous! Your photography is beautiful and the recipe looks divine!
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!
I love shortbread too – so simple yet so delicious.
These desserts look amazing! Thanks for sharing.
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Oh, I love eggnog. And using it and the shortbread to turn them into a trifle is a wonderful thing.
Gorgeous photos (as usual!)!
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
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Heather, these are gorgeous! I can taste them from here. 🙂 …Susan
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
wow nice pictures and yummy dessert.
Looks Delicious! Beautiful pictures!