Disney Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Mousse Trifle with Cranberries and Apricot-Orange Sauce

When it comes to holiday dessert, the more pies the better we say!

Of course, as much as we love pie, it’s always fun to bring a new dessert to the table – especially at the holidays! And today we have the perfect holiday dessert to share with you.

This Pumpkin Mousse Trifle with Cranberries and Apricot Orange Sauce was featured at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival a few years ago, and we really enjoyed it.

Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce

Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce

The recipe has a few steps, but it’s worth a little extra time in the kitchen!

Pumpkin Mousse Trifle with Cranberries and Apricot Orange Sauce

Serves 6 to 8


1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons butter, melted

Apricot-Orange Sauce
1/2 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup orange juice

Pumpkin Mousse
1 egg yolk or 1/4 cup pasteurized egg yolks
3/4 cup canned pumpkin pie filling
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream

Other ingredients:
Store-bought spice cake mix, prepared per package directions and cooled.
1/2 cup Ocean Spray Craisins


For Streusel:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a sheet pan with foil and set aside.

2. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add melted butter and stir until mixture is crumbly.

3. Pour onto prepared sheet pan and bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

4. Set aside to cool. Crumble into small pieces.

For Orange Sauce:

Combine apricot jam and orange juice in a medium bowl. Whisk together until smooth.

For Pumpkin Mousse:

1. Whisk egg yolk into pumpkin pie filling. Melt white chocolate chips in microwave or using a double boiler. Whisk melted chocolate chips into the pumpkin mixture.

2. Whip heavy cream to medium peaks. Gently fold whipped cream into pumpkin mixture.

To serve:

1. Cut spice cake into cubes. Place a dollop of mousse at the bottom of a serving dish. Top with cranberries and a drizzle of sauce.

2. Place a few cubes of cake over the mousse. Top with another layer of mousse, cranberries and sauce, then top with streusel.

This sounds like a great addition to your holiday meal! Will you be making this pumpkin mousse this holiday season? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

Dining in Disneyland: A Quick Peek at Halloween Treats

Halloween time has arrived at the Disneyland Resort, and the treats (especially the pumpkin ones) are calling my name! 

Familiar Pumpkin Faces at Halloween Time!

I found a handful of fun items that I felt needed to be shared immediately so that your Halloween snacking could be planned accordingly.

Please note that we will be posting some in depth reviews of some of these treats, but for now, here’s a mini sampling…

Let’s not save the best for last.

Pumpkin Fritters, Gingerbread Cookies, and Pumpkin Latte

These gems can be found in Disneyland at the Royal Street Veranda. They have REAL pumpkin chunks in them and are fried to perfection.  They come with a creamy custard dipping sauce.

Pumpkin Fritters from Royal Street Veranda

The Royal Street Veranda also features a Pumpkin Latte
The Pumpkin Latte is flavorful but not at all artificial tasting.

Pumpkin Latte

A perfect treat to keep you warm, if it ever cools down here in Southern California!

AND Spooky Kooky Gingerbread Cookies
Soft, chewy and ginger-bready, with a Halloween twist!

Spooky Kooky Gingerbread Cookie

These can also be purchased at the Mint Julep Bar.

Mickey Ghost Marshmallow Cones

Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure had these adorable grim grinning Mickey Ghost Marshmallow Cones in their window.

Mickey Ghost Marshmallow Cones

You can see AJ’s review of the [Read more…]