November 1st, 2012

Spiced Pumpkin Mousse

Well, it’s official. It is November and Halloween is behind us. Time to move onto Thanksgiving. Just because we left Halloween behind us doesn’t mean we have left pumpkin season. {Thank goodness, because its way too soon to break up with pumpkins for the year.}

Now, I have to be honest…I don’t really care for pumpkin pie.  I am not really sure why either.  I used to think {when I was a kid} that I didn’t like pumpkin.  Thank goodness as an adult I had the good sense to realize that wasn’t the case.  I actually quite like other pumpkin desserts, like this Pumpkin Mousse.  It is light and airy with a delicious spiced pumpkin flavor.  It is a perfect dessert for those of us that don’t love pumpkin pie.  Plus, I think it would make an excellent dessert on Thanksgiving.  Because really, after filling up on turkey with all the trimmings, who has room for a big piece of pie anyway?

Spiced Pumpkin Mousse


1-1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
4-1/2 teaspoons cold water
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
18 gingersnap cookies, divided


In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over water; let stand for 1 minute or until softened. Beat in egg yolks and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160° and mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes.

Transfer to a small bowl; beat until cool and thickened, about 3 minutes. Beat in pumpkin and spices. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.

In a small bowl, beat cream and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Fold into pumpkin mixture.

Coarsely crumble 12 gingersnaps; sprinkle into six parfait or dessert dishes. Spoon or pipe mousse over the top. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set. Just before serving, garnish with remaining gingersnaps.

*Recipe from Taste of Home Oct/Nov 2008

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4 Responses to “Spiced Pumpkin Mousse”

  1. This looks so good for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipes!

  2. I’m not a big pie person either, but this mousse looks good and so festive for the holidays I’ll have to try it! Thanks

  3. Yum, this looks good!

  4. Thanks for sharing this at the ‘Your Great Idea’ link up on ‘Or so she says…’! It sounds delicious. In fact, I’ve chosen it as one of the two winning features for the week. You’ll have to stop by the blog tomorrow where you’ll find it featured, also shared with my Facebook and Pinterest followers. Congrats! I would love to have you share again. Have a great weekend. ~ Mariel


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