Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Mini Mousse

I have a bit of a thing for little mini mousse cups.

Mini always makes everything cuter.....and when I found these super sweet little disposable square verrine cups I knew I had to use them on my next dessert table.

Ok who am I kidding, I want to use them on EVERY dessert table I ever do from now on cause they are sooo cute.

Anyway as my next planned table after I picked up the cups was a pie and slice table I came up with an idea to make some chiffon pie mousse cups. They worked out pretty well, rather than layering different flavors I just made the one type of mousse and then added extra flavor and texture with the garnish. It meant I could make all the components in advance and then I just assembled on the spot to ensure maximum crunchiness for the pie bites and macarons.

It was something new for me and I didn't have a recipe handy so I found some on the internet, tried out a few, threw out quite a few icky batches and then finally tweaked this recipe I found here.

The gorgeous photography is by Naomi V Photography. at her studio.

Printables are by Style Me Gorgeous.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Mousse with mini macarons and pecan pie crust bites were created for the Blissfully Sweet Oh Sweet Mum E-vent for this rustic pie table...more pictures of the pie table available in the online E-Zine or here on the Bubble and Sweet Blog.

Ah-Tissue created the amazing display of paper and hessian wall pom poms.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Mini Mousse - (makes around 24 mini mousse cups)

3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cream (heavy)
1 cup cooked well mashed pumpkin (you may use tinned if you like)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups cream (heavy) extra

In a heavy based saucepan at medium low heat cook the yolks, sugar and 1/2 cup cream whisking continuously until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Remove from the heat and mix in the pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Place in the fridge to chill for around an hour.

Place the 1 1/2 cups cream in a large bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Mix in 1/3 of the pumpkin mixture with a spatula to lighten the mixture. Add the remaining pumpkin mixture to the cream mixture and gently fold in until combined.

Place the mixture into a large disposable piping bag (I use biggish kee-seal ones).

Line up the mini mousse cups (or what ever type of container you are using) on a large tray.

Snip off the end of the piping bag with scissors and squeeze the mixture into the cups until it nearly reaches the top.

Place the tray in the fridge and chill overnight or until set. Best prepared day before serving although you can prepare a few days ahead and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

I decorated the mousse cups with mini macarons and Pie bites.

Pie Bites

To make the pie bites roll out some chilled sugar crust pie dough or vanilla sugar cookie mixture. Cut into small squares around 3cm (1"), place on trays lined with parchment paper and press chopped pecans into the dough. Bake at the recommended oven setting until golden and allow to cool before using (can be prepared around 3 days ahead).

I used the sugar crust pie dough from my book Sweets on a Stick, It's the same recipe I use for the pie pops. But you can just use store bought or even this sugar cookie dough recipe CLICK HERE.

Mini Macarons

To make mini macarons you can follow this recipe CLICK HERE and just pipe the macarons smaller.

For more of my recipes including the Pie Crust recipe for the pie pops check out my book Sweets on a Stick. You can pick it up online at Amazon here:

Or here at fishpond (Aus/NZ)

Sweets on a Stick: More Than 150 Kid-Friendly Recipes for Cakes, Candies, Cookies, and Pies on the Go!



  1. Again, I am in LOVe with those mini macs on this delicious looking mousse. what a cute idea.

  2. What an amazing setup. The mini mousse cups are adorable!

  3. The mini macarons and pie pops are so sweet and charming!

  4. Where did you get the little cups from lovely? They are adorable!

  5. They are very cute Linda and you're right, minifying anything makes it cuter! :D

  6. Wow, those mini mousse cups look does everything else on your dessert table! And we love the concept behind Oh Sweet Mum. :-)

  7. My godness, everything looks delicious.

  8. Love the mini macarons! We would love for you to share this on our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party...just posted it! Thanks!

  9. These are super cute!
    They look and sound absolutely delicious

  10. Hi Linda, I love the little cups. I have to cater for my mother's 60th & she loves our mango mousse - the platic disposable cups would be perfect. I'm in Brissie - or did you buy them online? I ( & my dishwashing hands)would appreciate a reply ;D
    Thanks, Kristine