Friday, November 13, 2015

Easier Than Pie: Individual Pumpkin Custards

With the holidays fast approaching, we all need some go-to recipes that can be made quickly, store easily and, above all, taste wonderful. These little pumpkin custards meet all those demands, giving you a rich, not-to-sweet treat that can proudly be served after any meal—and they even make a great breakfast, too!

Individual Pumpkin Custard

Individual Pumpkin Custards

1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
1/4 cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup (8 oz.) heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with parchment liners and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Divide batter evenly among liners in prepared pan (they will be fairly full) and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until set and no longer wobbly in the center. Let custards cool completely in the pan, then carefully lift out and refrigerate in an airtight container. These are best made at least one day ahead to allow the flavors to develop. They can be served with whipped cream, ice cream, or simply garnished with a few chopped, toasted pecans.

Notes: The custards will hold their shape once refrigerated overnight, while still retaining their smooth interior. If you have some oranges on hand, a teaspoon of grated zest would be heavenly folded into the batter before baking. Feel free to use any combination/amounts of spices that you like best or would typically use in your favorite pumpkin pie recipe. Be sure to share your variations in the comments!


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