Thursday, November 17, 2011

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 
printer-friendly recipe 
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 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. 

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35 comments:

  1. Looks like heaven!!

    P.s I have been crazy busy..but I will get that post to you soon. Promise!

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  2. Ohhhhhh My A pregnant women heaven!

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  3. This has me drooling, as so super pretty!

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  4. Beautiful Marina! Yet again you have outdone yourself!!!

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  5. it looks so beautiful!! I love the combination

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  6. This looks incredibly decadent, I can't believe it was easy! I made a pumpkin cheesecake for tomorrow's post and I'm linking to you because I used some sugared cranberries on top, so pretty!

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  7. Perfection ! How can you resist - pound cake , chocolate mousse, whipped cream ....? I simply can 't !

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  8. holy cow... your photos are absolutely amazing! i am drooling, and you make me want to be a better cook. i am "so-not-the-domestic-type," so my hubby says. i will prove him wrong with this recipe, haha! i am following you. :)

    have a great evening,
    jasmine
    adamalexmommy.com

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  9. also following you on twitter. you have such beautiful girls. :)

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  10. Oh my, this looks delish! New follower from the Bee Friendly follow! Congrats on being featured!

    Trisha @ Momma T and Baby E

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  11. Gorgeous! I love this idea marina. I have always wanted to make a trifle. Love the addition of the pumpkin:) xoxoox H

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  12. Wow! I bet you are on everyone's favourite dinner guest list, you make the most amazing delights all the time.

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  13. seriously...i drool every time i come to your page! amazing recipe-great for the holidays!

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  14. Wow! That looks absolutely delicious!!

    Also, congrats on being featured on Bee Friendly Friday Follow!

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  15. Oh wow... this looks absolutely AMAZING!! I had never had a trifle until I met my husband. His aunt is an amazing dessert maker, and the first time I tasted a trifle was at her house. But I've never had one with pumpkin and chocolate... I may need to put in a request!

    I'm a new follower from the hop! Congrats on being the featured blogger!

    I write a humor blog about all things motherhood, and I hope you can drop by sometime! It's great for laughs, and sometimes even a snort or two! Hope you can stop in!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Smiles, Jenn @Misadventures in Motherhood

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  16. This is a vision of complete beauty and utterly delicious!

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  17. Oh my, that looks dangerously divine!!

    Btw, I stumbled this! My post: Homemade Pumpkin Pies

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  18. I stumbled your site from the hop :) Would love it if you could return the favor. Thanks!!
    http://theladiesloungeguide.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-would-i-do-without-my-kitchen-aid.html

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  19. Thanks for checking out and following my blog. I actually am already following you :) Thanks so much!!

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  20. This looks so delicious and is perfect for the Holiday!

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

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  21. Here via the Blog Hop Till You Drop!

    Mmm! Looks delicious! I want to try and make this. Try being the operative word here ;)

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  22. I am all about desserts, especially pretty desserts with chocolate! I'm travelling for Thanksgiving but I will keep this recipe in mind for the next time I have company over - maybe even make little individual trifles :)

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  23. Marina, this is such a beautiful dessert. I'd rush through the Thanksgiving dinner just to make it to dessert with some room in my belly. Who am I kidding, I always have room for dessert!

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  24. so delicious and SOOOOOOOOOO much for delightful than that old pumpkin pie! I love the fact you incorporated chocolate and a host of other wonderful ingredients - fantastic dessert and Happy Thanksgiving!
    Mary x

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  25. and I will take a huge slice please? Wait, nevermind just had over the whole bowl please!

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  26. Saving a small dish is much smarter than sneaking a bite and trying to figure out how to strategically cover it!

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  27. I'm following you back!!! Sorry it took me so long!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Erin
    www.someoneinmind.blogspot.com

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  28. That looks fantastic. Great pictures. Come visit. We have pumpkin macaroni and cheese.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

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  29. I need to make this... pronto!!! I swear I can taste it already... mmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

    ~Nicholle
    www.welcometomontalvocountry.blogspot.com

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  30. so is it a tablespoon or a cup ?

    2 tablespoons cup brown sugar

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  31. G, I'm sorry about the typo - it's 2 tbsp. I'm sure you would have figured that out, as a cup would have been mighty sweet!

    happy Thanksgiving!

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  32. By your pictures you would never know your toddler trashed kitchen, the same thing happens whenever I'm trying to do something in the kitchen. Like everything else on your blog this looks amazing!

    Amanda @ Lillys&lollipops

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  33. This is fantastic. Too late to get invited for dinner?

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  34. Wow! This dessert looks like something that was made by a pastry chef. Truly beautiful! You have a talent :)

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