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How do you make pumpkin mousse?

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To make pumpkin mousse, hollow out a 2-pound pumpkin, bake it, combine cream cheese and sugar with canned pumpkin, add whipped cream, and spoon the mousse into the prepared pumpkin shell. This recipe yields four servings.

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the top off a 2-pound pumpkin, and remove the seeds. Rub the interior with a mixture of 2 tablespoons white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Set the pumpkin shell on a baking sheet, and bake it for 20 to 35 minutes. The shell is ready when it is slightly tender.

Take the pumpkin out of the oven, put it on a baking rack, and let it cool. Put 1/3 cup vanilla chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl, add 2 tablespoons milk, and melt the chocolate in the microwave. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine 3 ounces softened cream cheese and 1/3 cup confectioner's sugar, and beat them together.

With the mixer running, add 1 1/3 cup canned pumpkin, 1 teaspoon grated orange peel and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Pour in the melted chocolate, and beat the mousse until it is smooth. Use a spatula to fold in 1 cup whipped cream. Pack the mousse into the pumpkin shell, and serve immediately.

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