Wednesday, November 3, 2010

{Recipe} Spiced Pumpkin Mousse with Gingersnap Layers

This is what my daughter wanted to have instead of a traditional cake at her recent birthday party.

(or most of them, I usually forget at least one in the photo)
Don't be scared by the unflavored gelatin!  You'll also need gingersnaps.
I doubled the recipe for our party.

In small saucepan, sprinkle 1 1/2 tsp of unflavored gelatin over 4 1/2 tsp of cold water. Let stand until softened (about 1 minute). Beat in 3 egg yolks and 3/4 c. of  sugar.
Cook and stir over medium heat until thermometer reads 160F and mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to a small bowl; beat until cool and thickened, about 3 minutes.

Beat in 1 1/2 cups of  pumpkin and 3/4 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of ground ginger, 1/8 tsp of ground cloves.

Refrigerate for an hour until set.
In a small bowl beat 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream with 1 1 /2 tsp of vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.  Fold into pumpkin mixture.
Crush 18 gingersnap cookies.

Layer the crushed cookies with the pumpkin mixture in a trifle bowl ending with the cookies.
Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.  Add more gingersnaps around the bowl (we used mini ginger cookies from Trader Joe's) and serve.  Doubles as a delicious birthday cake!

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Mel said...

How decadent. I really really wish I liked cooking instead of eating :)

Sheila said...

That looks and sounds divine!!! Iz sure does have your creative style!! I need to try this.

Kristen White said...

Not only does it look delicious but it is beautiful too! I'll have to try it :o)

Julie Harward said...

This looks and sound so delicious! Just give me a big spoon and get out of the way please! LOL Come say hi :D

Kathy said...

Just made a pumpkin Trifle for a party that looked very much like this and such a pretty who cares what it tastes like, but it did taste good, your looks yummy too! I just blogged about it so you can see too

Becca said...

I love everything pumpkin! :-) I need to try this!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

This looks really good!!

The Tablescaper said...

So seasonal. Hope you'll link this post to Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

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Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays. Hope to see you next Sunday. The link opens at 7 pm on Saturday night. If you link up earlier, I think you'll see more traffic. Hope so!

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