Last night Chad and I went to Deb and Bud's house to exchange Christmas presents. We were told to bring something dessert-y so we decided to try a recipe we saw on Barefoot Contessa. She had made some pumpkin mouse parfaits around Thanksgiving time. She used ginger snap cookies in the dessert and we had found gluten-free ginger snaps at Trader Joe's a while back so we knew we could try making it for Deb. We found the recipe and as it turns out, the mousse takes more than 4 hours to set and we didn't have that kind of time, so we modified the recipe. We ended up using instant cheese cake flavored pudding, home made whipped cream (by Chad), and chopped up bananas. We layered everything (with crumbled ginger snaps) in wine glasses and then garnished the top with a slice of banana and a whole ginger snap cookie. They were really tasty. As a side note, we couldn't decide if they were parfaits or trifles. Does anyone know the difference?
(Note: This is my photo from Saturday, December 29th, 2007.)