Pumpkin Mousse

TOTAL TIME: 6 hr 15 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: 5 hr
Cook: 45 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

FOR THE MOUSSE:
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 teaspoon gelatine
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar (superfine)
  • 1 1/4 cups pureed pumpkin or butternut squash, recipe follows
FOR THE CHOCOLATE SAUCE:
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
PUMPKIN PUREE:
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
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Directions

For the mousse: Stir the rum and gelatine together in a cup, and let soften 5 minutes. Heat a third of the cream with the vanilla in a saucepan. Stir in the gelatine and rum to dissolve. Add the sugar to dissolve. Finally mix in the pumpkin puree. Strain, cool, and refrigerate until chilled and starting to get thick.

Whip the remaining cream and fold it into the chilled pumpkin mixture. Spoon into serving dishes, cover, and chill at least 4 hours before turning out to serve.

For the chocolate sauce: put the ingredients in a saucepan and gently melt. If too thick, simply thin out with a little more cream. The sauce will harden as it cools, but you can simply melt it down again.

Serve the chocolate sauce dribbled over the pumpkin mousses.
To make the pumpkin puree:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Toss the diced pumpkin with the butter in a baking dish. Cover the dish lightly with foil, and roast until very soft, about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the chunks. Puree the pumpkin in a blender.

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  • on November 24, 2011

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    Laura thanks a lot for this recipe! I am not a hard core dessert guy. I like lighter type of deserts and thought this was perfect for my party. I just finished this mousse recipe for my 16 people thanks giving party and it is delicious. It is sweet but really light (fells like a cloud in your mouth and comforting! I will wait until the last minute to add the chocolate sauce and garnish with something crunchy to add some texture...still need to figure out what though! Thanks again for such great recipe!!!

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