Monday, November 21, 2011

Pumpkin and chocolate mousse trifle...

O'ma Goodness! Thanksgiving is just three days away....HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? If you're like me, you've been busy cooking and baking up a storm already. This past week has been such a busy and crazy blessing all at the same time. I've been shopping, cleaning, organizing, cooking and baking all while juggling "baby bump" checkups in between. I guess maybe you could say it's all a part of this "nesting" phase I'm in. Either way I love it...and hubby's definitely loving it too, let me tell you!

This week I'll  be featuring a few pumpkin recipes to get you ready for Thanksgiving! I stumbled upon this well deserved delicious treat the other day and all I can say is OH MY!! I couldn't keep this one to myself...wait until you try're definitely gonna want to serve this along with Thanksgiving dinner, TRUST ME!

Pumpkin and Chocolate Mousse Trifle

Trifle is the perfect dessert for entertaining, as it's easy and should be made a day in advance. I was able to make this entire dessert with a 1 1/2 year old either on my hip or throwing food off her highchair. Be glad you can't see the floor in these pictures.

Store bought frozen pound cake means the only thing you really have to "make" is the mousse. The mousse is then split into two bowls and separately flavored with rich melted chocolate and spiced pumpkin. And oh the chocolate mousse... it makes you feel like the lady in the Dove chocolate commercials, eyes closed in ecstasy, and forget your toddler has just destroyed your kitchen. 

 Because something fresh makes everything better, I added some raspberries, a few sugared cranberries, and some pumpkin seeds. Chocolate shavings would be gorgeous too. 

One crucial step: Set aside a tinsy portion for yourself. Just to make sure it's good, of course. This lovely is coming to a fabulous pre-Thanksgiving dinner tonight, and I can confirm from my sample, it's rich, creamy, chocolatey, pumpkiny perfection. 

Pumpkin and Chocolate Mousse Trifle 
serves 6-8

2 10 oz frozen pound cakes, thawed, and cut into 3/4" slices 
5 large egg yolks
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided 
3 cups cold whipping cream
8 oz good quality bittersweet chocolate (60-70%) chopped
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin 
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 
2 tablespoons cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Bourbon (optional)
Fresh raspberries or shaved chocolate, for garnish 

Set the bowl of an electric mixer over a saucepan of shallow simmering water. Whisk yolks, water, and confectioners' sugar in the bowl until very frothy and beginning to thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and and beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes, until thickened. 

Place another small bowl over the simmering water. Melt chocolate in the bowl. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. 

Divide egg mixture into two medium bowls. Stir cooled chocolate into one bowl. In the other bowl stir the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar. 

Beat whipping cream and 2 tbs confectioners'  sugar at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold 1 1/2 cups whipped cream into the chocolate mixture, and 1 1/2 cups into the pumpkin mixture. 

Place a layer of pound cake into the bottom of a trifle dish, large bowl, or individual dishes. Brush with a little Bourbon. Spoon a 1" layer of pumpkin mousse over the cake. Top with a second layer of cake. Brush with Bourbon. Spoon a 1" layer of chocolate mousse. Top with a third layer of cake and again brush with Bourbon. Top with whipped cream and garnish. Chill overnight. 
Recipe courtesy of: Yummy Mummy

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