Looking for a lighter finish to a traditional Thanksgiving meal? Try this satisfying dessert created by Seasons 52 pastry chef Paula Perlis – a shot-glass sized portion of pumpkin pie.
Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar with two Atlanta locations. The menu’s focus is flavorful and satisfying cuisine with each dish coming in under 475 calories. The pumpkin dessert is a fine example – pumpkin mousse flavored with maple syrup and autumn spices and ginger snaps.
Pumpkin Pie Mini Indulgence
from Seasons 52
Serves 6 to 8
For the Pumpkin Mousse
1½ cups pumpkin puree (see below)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ginger powder
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
3 oz egg white, pasteurized liquid
½ cup milk
¼ cup cream
1 box of ginger snap cookies
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. To make mousse filling, combine all the ingredients except the egg whites in a large bowl, and mix them well to incorporate.
3. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold into the filling mixture. Pour into a greased glass baking dish and bake until a toothpick inserted halfway between the center and edge of the pie comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
4. Put cooled pumpkin pie mousse filling into a bowl and stir until smooth. Add filling to pastry bag and set aside.
5. Grind ginger snaps in a food processor to a granular consistency. (Save a few whole cookies for decorations.)
6. Take your favorite shot glass (cordial glass or miniature glass serving vessel) and add some ginger snap crumbs to the bottom.
7. Grab the pastry bag and pipe some mousse filling over the ginger snap crumbs. Add more ginger snap crumbs on top of the filling to make a second layer. Garnish with whipped cream and a whole ginger snap cookie.
Using canned pumpkin puree is the shortcut here, but you may want to make your own: Cut a small pumpkin (3 lbs) in two pieces and scoop out the seeds and strings. Place cut side down on a greased baking tray and bake at 325°F for one hour until tender (cooking time depends on pumpkin size). Let cool. Scrape out the pulp and place in a food processor. Puree until smooth.
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