Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Low-cal Pumpkin Fool
by SuSu

In preparation for the Yule Ball, many of the young women of Hogwart's found themselves awaiting the requests of the men of Hogwart's, for dates to the ball. And they found themselves not only mooning after certain young men, but they themselves perceived that they needed (or wanted!) to make the effort to be nicer looking targets. So, as teens (and older women, too) do, they dieted.

But in their deprivation, they strongly craved things like sweets. The house elves understood the problem, and though they were magical, they did not eschew modern sweeteners and fat substitutes. The result? A fluffy mousse with the calories restricted to the gingersnaps used as garnish!

A whipped cream and fruit mixture is called a "fool" in the UK. But who's the fool? The ones who imbibe in a low-cal version, or the ones who go for the fat and sugar? It all depends; but for cravings and diets, this version isn't foolish at all.

  • 30 oz / 840 g canned pumpkin purée (also called packed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup sugar substitute (the mixture won't be cooked, so use your sweetener of preference)
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg, fresh-grated
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 orange
  • dash salt
  • 4 cups non-fat whipped topping (8 oz / 224 g)
  • ginger snap or vanilla wafer cookies
In a bowl, mix together the pumpkin, sugar substitute, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, orange zest and juice, and salt. Blend it very well, then mix with the whipped topping. Place into individual or large bowls, cover and chill. When serving, stick a cookie decoratively into the fool, or serve on the side. Serves 12 to 16.

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