Pumpkin Bread Trifle With Pepita Streusel


A cream cheese-spiked trifle with a pumpkin spice streusel is what dreams are made of.

pumpkin bread trifle with pepita streusel

Antonis Achilleos

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins

We said it: This is the official dessert of fall. You’ll start by baking a simple loaf of pumpkin bread. Then, bake off a crumbly and sweet streusel made with flour, sugar, butter, pumpkin pie spice, and pepitas for some delightful crunch. The glue that holds this easy trifle together is sweetened cream cheese and fluffy whipped cream, which make cloud-like layers between pieces of spongey pumpkin bread and sprinklings of streusel. If you don’t have a trifle dish, use a large bowl or glass jars for individual servings.   


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar, divided

  • 8 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened

  • 12 cups 1-inch cubes pumpkin bread (from 1 large loaf)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together flour, butter, pepitas, pumpkin pie spice, salt, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir to break up any large pieces. Let cool completely, about 15 minutes.

  2. Beat cream in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 90 seconds. Beat cream cheese and remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 6 tablespoons granulated sugar in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. (No need to clean beaters in between.)

  3. Fold half of whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until just combined. Fold in remaining whipped cream.

  4. Place 4 cups pumpkin bread cubes in a large trifle dish. Spread 2 cups cream cheese mixture over bread; sprinkle with 1/2 cup pepita streusel. Repeat layers twice. Sprinkle trifle with remaining 1/2 cup streusel. Refrigerate, covered, for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

372 Calories
31g Fat
20g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 372
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 18g 91%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 120mg 3%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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