I’m ready for fall, dammit.
I want soup and hot tea. I want my house open to the fresh air, and I really want to hear the wind and smell something besides my stale air-conditioned house when I walk in my front door.
I know it cooled off yesterday after I had started this post, but it is still muggy and drismal. I did not need to put on socks.
I want to wear long sleeves and put away my tired linen shirts. I want to cook HOT FOOD. Hot food is comfort food.
This has been a really tough week with distressing news from around the world, sick friends and family, hospital stays, and sudden deaths both human and fur covered. I was surprised that thirteen years later, I can still summon the exact depth of despair I felt on September 11th, 2001. It just makes me want to stop the world and give everyone I love a hug and some soup.
I know food does not really solve problems, but it has been my rally of support in my social circle. Comfort food is called comfort for a reason.
The weather is not cooperating with my desire to comfort my world. I’m just not thrilled with the idea of a comfort salad. Gazpacho does not feel like a warm hug. And to make matters worse, Pumpkin Spice everything has taken over the world. GAAHH!
As an aside, there is no pumpkin in pumpkin spice. You know pumpkin, THE VEGETABLE with high fiber, beta carotene, all the good stuff?
Nope, nowhere to be found.
Lots and lots of ridiculous sweet crap and “spices,” but no freaking pumpkin.
I kid you not: Low Fat Pumpkin Spice Yogurt. (Face Palm)
It does not get any more terrifying than Pumpkin Spice K-Cups.
I’m just going to stop right there. Enough with the BS advertising already!!!
Go get yourself some cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves and stir it into your whatever. Guess what? They sell something called Pumpkin Pie Spice in the grocery store.
Rant almost over…
So here we are in the shoulder season. It is too muggy to roast or bake anything. The vegetable drawer is pretty empty until I go to the Farmer’s Market. I’m a little discouraged about the state of the world, and I want to make something that comforts a few people.
So I’m going to do it.
I’m making Pumpkin Spice Mousse. Using real pumpkin. I occasionally make something I call Adult Chocolate Pudding, so I’m using the same method but using autumn inspiration for the ingredients.
By the way, the “adult” part is alcohol, which should go a long way toward the comfort part.
I’m also sending a big fat
to all of the obnoxious “flavored EVERYTHING” products invading my social media feeds.
Heaven help us. I know “Santa EVERYTHING” is right around the corner.
- Cream Cheese- 8 ounce package, room temperature
- Pumpkin-canned puree, unsweetened, 8 ounces (1 cup well packed)
- Maple Syrup-1/3 cup
- Cinnamon-Ground 2 Tbsp
- Nutmeg-grated fresh or ground,1 tsp
- Cloves-ground ¼ tsp
- Salt-table1/4 tsp
- Vanilla-pure extract, 1 tsp
- Bourbon-2 Tbsp (a little extra won't hurt)
- Heavy Cream- 1¼cups, divided
- Make whipped cream: In a large deep bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat ½ cup heavy cream until it holds stiff peaks. Store covered in the fridge until ready to assemble. I do not sweeten the whipped cream.
- For the Pumpkin Spice mixture: In a large deep bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat cream cheese until completely smooth.
- Add pumpkin puree and the maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Beat until well combined. Add bourbon and vanilla and mix again until thoroughly combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula
- Add remaining ¾ cup cup of heavy cream in ¼ cup increments and slowly increase speed to high and beat until thoroughly combined. Repeat until you add the last of the heavy cream and beat again on high. Stop mixer and scrape down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. The mixture will appear much lighter and more airy.
- Fill containers ¾ full with pumpkin mixture and chill to allow the mixture to firm up a bit. Serve topped with the whipped cream OR alternate layers before chilling in a small glass or parfait dish ending with the whipped cream. Finish with a dusting of ground cinnamon.