Pumpkin Brulee

Pumpkin Brulee

For a spectacular presentation, the pumpkin brulee is spooned into miniature pumpkins and caramelized before serving. It also can be made more traditionally in individual ramekins.

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 2-in piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise
8 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
6 mini pumpkins
1/4 cup turbinado sugar

In a saucepan, heat cream and vanilla bean over med. Heat until tiny bubbles appear around edges.

In med. bowl, whisk egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and salt until pale. Whisk in pumpkin. Slowly whisk in hot cream mixture. Strain through fine sieve into baking dish or ramekins. Fill roasting pan with enough hot water to come 1/2 inch up sides of baking dish or ramekins.

Place roasting pan in oven. Bake 25 to 30 min or until custard is set but still quivery like gelatin. Remove from water bath. Cool to room temp. Refrigerate 3 hrs. or until chilled.

Meanwhile, slice tops off pumpkins. Scrape seeds from insides to create bowl for creme brulee. Discard seeds. Rinse, dry well. Refrigerate until needed. Gently spoon chilled custard into pumpkins (do not stir custard), smoothing top of custard with back of spoon. Place turbinado sugar in food processor. Process until finely ground. Sprinkle 2 tsp turbinado sugar over custard in each pumpkin or ramekin. With kitchen torch, caramelize sugar until golden brown. Refrigerate brulees briefly before serving to set caramel. Brulees can be made up to 4 hours ahead. Store in refrigerator.

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