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21 November, 2011

A Fun French Dessert for Thanksgiving...Pumpkin Mousse Verrines

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pumpkin mousse verrinesAre you looking for something a little different for dessert for Thanksgiving…traditional in its ingredients but with a French twist? Then here it is…Pumpkin Mousse Verrines! What are verrines? Simply put, they are little glasses with pretty layers for yummy appetizers or desserts. They are all the rage in France, with entire cookbooks being dedicated to them. Special glasses have been created to serve them, but any small glass will do…such as shot glasses. Here, they are served in champagne glasses…elegant! I found this one at Made with a Twist. It combines pumpkin mousse with layers of caramelized pecans and whipped cream…yummy! You can find the recipe here or I have printed it below.

Pumpkin Mousse Verrines…from Made with a Twist
Makes 15-18 champagne glass-sized verrines
Pumpkin Mousse
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. maple syrup
1 t. cinnamon
Maple Caramelized Pecans
1 (6-ounce) bag pecan chips (1 1/3 c. chopped pecans)
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. maple syrup
Whipped Cream
3 c. cold heavy whipping cream
3/4 c. cold maple syrup
  • Place a large bowl and the electric mixer’s beater(s) in the fridge to chill for later use with the whipped cream.
  • For the pumpkin mousse, in a medium saucepan, stir the pumpkin, cream, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, and cinnamon over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until heated through.  Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap with the wrap in direct contact with the mousse mixture, and put in the refrigerate while preparing the other components.
  • For the nuts, spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray.  Heat the skillet over medium-high heat and add the nuts, stirring constantly until they become fragrant.  Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and stir constantly.  When the pieces are all coated, remove them from the heat and let them cool on a plate.
  • For the maple whipped cream, remove the large bowl and beater(s) from the fridge.  Place the cold heavy whipping cream in the bowl and begin to whip.  When the cream is frothy (after about 1 minute), gradually stream the cold maple syrup into the cream.  Continue whipping until the cream develops soft peaks.
  • To assemble, measure out 4 cups of whipped cream and set the rest aside.  Remove the pumpkin mixture from fridge.  Fold the 4 cups of maple whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture until the streaks of white have disappeared.
  • If serving immediately, the pumpkin mousse, remaining maple whipped cream, and maple pecans may be layered into the verrines whichever way the host decides!  Sprinkling freshly grated nutmeg finishes the dessert nicely.
  • If serving later, fill each verrine 3/4-full of the pumpkin mousse.  Top with a dollop of maple whipped cream and place in the refrigerator to chill for up to 5 hours.  Top with maple pecans just before serving.
More links for verrine recipes can be found here and here. Enjoy! Pin It!

21 comments:

  1. Oh Debbie, it sounds sooooooo good and it look so pretty too. I have copied the recipe. Need to give this one a try. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Yummy, maple and pumpkin are great together, very New Englandish!

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  3. Looks so pretty! And delicious. It would look lovely on your gorgeous Thanksgiving table :)
    Have a happy Thanksgiving, Debbie!

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  4. This looks incredible! I am saving it -- maybe during the holidays I will get ambitious!

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  5. Hi Debbie, thanks for sharing, going on the list.. I'm sure the family will love this.. From our home to yours Happy Thanksgiving. hugs ~lynne~

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  6. Debbie, this looks both yummy and elegant. You are the hostess with the mostest.
    ~ Sarah

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  7. These look wonderful Debbie!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Oh my that is something I know I would love to make and really love to eat. They look so elegant too.

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  9. Ooh, tempting! Those look fantastic; thanks so much for sharing with us.

    Hugs,
    Pam

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  10. Debbie- These sound wonderful! I just copied the recipe over and I think it might be fun to use the second day when everything else is a leftover. Great recipe! xo Diana

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  11. Debbie,
    I've been wanting pumpkin pie for two years now...but no one except myself likes pumpkin pie! This would be a wonderful dessert to serve anytime during our Autumn Season! Thank you for sharing this wonderful, delightful dessert with us!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  12. Debbie, this sounds wonderful! I just copied the recipe. Thank you for sharing and also for visiting my blog today.
    I love your blog and I am your new follower.

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  13. Ooooh, this looks delicious Debbie. I'll bookmark the recipe, this would be great a great dessert for the long Thanksgiving weekend.
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  14. Perfect! I've got the champagne glasses, now I'm heading out for the heavy cream. I can't wait to try this.
    Maureen

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  15. Many Blessings to you and your love ones this Thanksgiving..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  16. Hi Debbie....that recipe looks yummy and sounds delicious. Love the idea of serving from the stemware. Also, great ideas from Marie Claire....especially the first one with the burlap(?) and organdy. OK, now which one will you make? :) Linda

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  17. Oh, yum!! Those look so good! Thanks for the recipe. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  18. Yuuuum!!!! I could do this presentation with the pumpkin pudding I plan on making. It is cooked in the crock pot so it is nice and easy. This sounds so good Deb!! xo Kathysue

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  19. OMG those look so good! I wish I had time to try them for Thanksgiving! Will have to try them afterwards!
    THX for sharing! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!! Liz

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  20. My mom sent me the link for this recipe and we made them for Thanksgiving dessert! They were wonderful and not difficult to make! My husband said they tasted like really fluffy pumpkin pie. Thanks!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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