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Pumpkin Mousse Torte

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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This recipe contains raw egg yolk and as such may not be the best choice for the elderly or very young. Although, I haven’t tried it, I can’t think of a reason the egg yolk can’t be omitted and still have a good dessert.

Pumpkin Mousse Torte I can’t even remember when we started making these at the bakery.  I do remember it took many tries to get the amount of gelatin just right so it would keep it firm but not turn rubbery, a sure sign of too much.  But I can sure tell you we sold hundreds and hundreds.

As popular as it was with my clients, I don’t think anyone could love this more than my grandson, Sam.  I do remember we had gone to Chicago to take care of him for a few days so his parents could have a weekend get-a-way.  Sam was still in a high chair and was a hugely picky eater – something that dismayed all of us. In an attempt to get something into him, I gave him a bite of my pumpkin mousse.  Well, that sure opened the floodgates!  I couldn’t scoop the dessert into a spoon and offload it into his mouth fast enough.  He barely swallowed and his mouth would fly open again for another bite.  He reminded me of baby birds being fed by their moms!  Sam even requested it for his 7th birthday cake.  Not an unusual request, except it was July in St. Louis.  Hot, hot, hot and humid!   Did I mention it was outdoors?

This is a very straight forward recipe with little to trip you up.  Just make sure everything for the pumpkin mousse is at room temperature.  Then the warm gelatin needs to be poured in a steady stream while the mixer is running.  If the pumpkin mixture is cold, the gelatin can immediately set forming undesireable rubbery blobs.  Very unappetizing!

A cheesecake pan is, as always, my recommendation over a springform pan.

A reader brought to my attention the need to do something with the leftover pumpkin. If you go  Streusel Topped Pumpkin Muffins  and you make  1 1/2 times the recipe you will use the remaining 3/4 can of pumpkin.  If you are a tad short, that’s fine.  They also freeze beautifully.  Continue reading

Lemonade Cake with Blueberry Sauce

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Lemonade CakeI was once asked where creativity comes from. It can be found anywhere and everywhere. A pot of basil can inspire pesto but then what to do with it. Why turn it into a Goat Cheese Pesto Tart of course. A great dessert you taste can make you think of what you would do with it – how you would tweak it. Or, in this case when I was asked for the recipes six months out for a class, I just made up Lemonade Cake with Warm Blueberry Sauce. Doesn’t that sound inviting? The only problem there was no recipe.

I always mean to start early when I have designed something on paper but not tested it in the kitchen. I usually don’t. As the days counted down to the class, I tried every lemon mousse I could think of and made some up myself. In the end, I reverted to my go to recipe for the most lemony of all fillings – lemon curd. It was a simple matter of folding in beaten egg whites and whipped cream to give the Lemonade Cake a smooth, luxurious feel in your mouth. There is just enough gelatin in the curd to have the mousse set up perfectly. Continue reading

Snicker-Ama – A No Bake Super Treat

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Snicker-amaI honestly don’t remember when I came up with this Snicker-ama Tart, but I was sure happy I did.  It has several steps but half have to be done the day or several days before if desired.   it is the perfect dessert for a summer celebration when you don’t want to turn those ovens on.

My book, “European Tarts, Divinely Doable Desserts with Little or No Baking” is based on tarts made in 9″ or 11″ quiche pans with removable bottoms. ET Book coverWhile of the same general idea, this is a deep dish tart that is as easy as it is spectacular. Even the piped topping is as simple as it is pretty.  Remember, I’m the one with no talent with a piping bag so it has to be easy! Continue reading

Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Torte

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Whole TorteThis Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Torte is a showy  torte that is actually easy to accomplish. It’s like the best chocolate covered strawberry you ever ate!  A simple French cake, the Reine de Saba was a favorite base for many of our cakes at the bakery.  Reine de Saba is a delectable French cake that we used as a base for several of our cakes.  It is chocolatey, moist and holds up as a base better than any other chocolate cake we make.  We would keep these in the freezer and use them as needed.

To get cake layers to come out flat without humping in the middle, spray the middle only of your pan.  Place parchment on top and spray the middle only.  We used this at the bakery and it worked really well.  If you spray the sides, or otherwise prepare them, the sides of the cake will rise faster than the middle in the oven. It will then slide down the greased sides of the pan causing the humpy center.  By not spraying the sides, the cake will cling to the sides unable to slide down, much like an angel food cake.  The center can then catch up with the sides for a flat layer.

We used an unusual method at the bakery of getting the eggs and the chocolate into the batter.  The eggs don’t want to easily  incorporate into the butter/sugar mixture.  By adding one egg, which may not fully incorporate,  then the chocolate, then the other egg, it will come together without curdling which is the problem we had originally when we added all the eggs at once.  Also, do not let the chocolate become cold, it should be lukewarm but not hot.

The mousse uses two chocolates, white and semisweet that mellow it out.  Bittersweet chocolate can be used if desired but I am in the semisweet camp.

When it comes to the strawberries, try to find ones that are mainly the same size.  I know this can be a pain as they pack them by weight and not size.  If they are the assorted version, simply cut more of the top off the big ones when removing the stems to achieve strawberries of the same size.   Continue reading