3 Perfect Pumpkin Desserts!

3 Perfect Pumpkin Desserts!

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Updated on Oct 11, 2010

Pity the poor pumpkin—we seem to spend most of Halloween carving up these super-sized squash, all the while forgetting how delicious they are! Here are three pumpkin treats you can prepare and have on hand during your pumpkin carving festivities.

Pumpkin Mousse with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

What You Need:

  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree
  • Grated zest of one small orange
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 5.75-ounce box of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish

What You Do:

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, begin whipping the two cups cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar and whip to the point where it is just holding a stiff peak. Place 1 ½ cups of the whipped cream into a small bowl and set aside for the cinnamon whipped cream, leaving the rest of the whipping cream for the mousse.
  2. In a separate large bowl hand whisk together the pumpkin puree, orange zest and orange juice.
  3. Add the pudding mix and pumpkin pie spice and stir until well mixed.
  4. Pour the whipped cream left over in the mixing bowl (not the 1 ½ cups you set aside) into the pumpkin puree mixture and gently fold to incorporate. The mixture will become a very pale orange. It should be considerably lighter and fluffier thanks to the whipped cream.
  5. Divide the pumpkin mousse into 8 ramekins (an ice cream scoop is a helpful tool for doing this). Once divided level and smooth the mousse with the back of a spoon.
  6. Take the 1 ½ cups of reserved whipped cream and whisk in ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Place into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe a small star in the center of each mousse.
  7. Place the ramekins into the refrigerator and chill for about one hour or until set. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired and enjoy!

Pumpkin Butter

What You Need:

  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • zest of one small orange
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

What You Need:

Mix the pumpkin puree, apple juice, pumpkin pie spice, brown and granulated sugars and orange zest in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in orange juice. Allow to cool completely. Pour into a mason jar or Tupperware container and keep refrigerated. You can spread it on your Pumpkin Tea Bread (see below) or anything else you can think of to add some deliciously festive flavor!

Pumpkin Tea Bread

What You Need:

  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup dry toasted chopped pecan pieces

What You Do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour two loaf pans and set aside. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the pumpkin puree, sugar, eggs, salt, vegetable oil and milk on low speed for several minutes until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Remove the bowl from the stand. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the pecan pieces. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean. Set aside to cool until the bread is just warm and then enjoy with some of your homemade pumpkin butter!

Why spend tons of money on pricey pumpkin treats from gourmet and specialty food stores when you can make some of your very own for a fraction of the price at home! These homemade treats are perfect to serve at a pumpkin carving party or for a fun Fall get together. This Fall fare is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike!


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