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Pumpkin Mousse Pie with Ginger Snap Crust

Category: Desserts  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012




Pumpkin Mousse Pie with Ginger Snap Crust


  • o Jamaican Dark Rum - 12 tablespoons
  • o Water (room temperature) - 4 tablespoons
  • o Gelatin (powdered) - 9 teaspoons
  • o Sugar - 2 cups
  • o Corn Starch - 1 cup (level)
  • o Cinnamon (powder) - 2 - tablespoons
  • o Ginger ( ground) - 2 - teaspoons
  • o Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • o Milk - 4 cups
  • o Yolks - 8
  • o Pumpkin Puree ( canned or fresh) - 4 cups ( packed and leveled)
  • o Vanilla Extract - 4 - Tablespoons
  • o Heavy Cream - 2 cups
  • Procedure:
  • o Pour the Rum and water in a cup and stir in the gelatin leave for 10-15 minutes to bloom
  • o In a heavy sauce pan add the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Pour over half cup of the milk slowly while simultaneously whisking the ingredients.
  • o Add in the yolks and whisk well to incorporate.
  • o Add rest of the milk and cook slowly on stove over a medium-low flame constantly stirring with a wooden spoon.
  • o Once the mixture starts to bubble stop stirring and let boil 30 seconds longer.
  • o Remove from heat and add the liquids with the bloomed gelatin, then stir in the pumpkin puree.
  • o Place all back on the stove and bring to a boil. Once boiled pass all through a medium seized mesh strainer to remove any lumps that may have developed.
  • o Once strained place over an ice-bath to cool.
  • o When slightly cool…add the vanilla.
  • o Whip the cream until you reach "light peak" consistency.
  • o Fold the whipped cream into the cooled pumpkin mixture and reserve.
  • o Pipe into the homemade ginger snap crust and reserve until ready to serve. ( Recipe to follow)
  • o Top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream sweetened to your liking.
  • ginger-snap-cookies
  • Ginger Snap Cookie Crust (recipe)
  • For some interesting facts on ginger snaps along with an easy to followrecipe click > http://ow.ly/6F6lo
  • Ingredients:
  • o Crushed Ginger Snap Cookies - 4- 1/2 cups
  • o Walnuts ( crushed) - 1- 1/2 cups
  • o Sugar - 4 tablespoons
  • o Melted Butter - 24 Tablespoons
  • Ground Ginger Snaps and Walnuts
  • Procedure for the crust:
  • o Finely crush in kitchen aid or with rolling-pin the cookies and the walnuts to a fine well ground consistency.
  • o Add the melted butter (mix well)
  • o Press into the pie tins evenly all around ans up the sides of the pie mold.
  • o Place pie tin in freezer to set the crust.
  • o Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit .
  • o Bake the pie crust for 15 minutes or until slightly firm.(DO NOT OVER BAKE!)
  • o The pie crust will harden further as it cool…so this needs to be taken into account. If over baked the crust will become to hard once it cools.
  • o Let pie crust cool completely… you can set in the refrigerator to cool and hold until ready to fill with the pumpkin filling.


  • This is a Mousse-Pie… once the baked crust is filled it does NOT have to be cooked again. It just needs to be placed back in the refrigerator to set..
  • "Just before service one can simply decorate the pie top with some fresh whipped cream…no need for anything more.
  • The pie and it's crust pack a one two punch of "Autumn flavors" and are the focus of this recipe…not a fancy topping!"

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