The way this dish was created is a bit amusing and was great fun for me. A friend of mine said he’d found some homemade pumpkin butter in his freezer. I jumped at that idea since I had some frozen roasted pumpkin in my freezer. I asked him for his recipe and he led me here. I made something similar though I used a crock pot for the slow cooking (my friend’s idea) and I used brandy and honey instead of vinegar and sugar. I also used a tiny fraction of the sugar (honey, actually is what I used) so really it’s a very different animal. The original looks delightful, I simply don’t eat sugar like that.
So I ended up with a very delicious pumpkin butter but it was something neither myself nor my husband thought we’d eat plain like that, so I thought what can I do with it? By the way, the brandy gives it a delightful richness. I thought it would make an awesome pie filling, but I didn’t have a crust or anything to make a crust with either. Next I thought of pie without the crust, then I thought custard!
So I looked up pumpkin custard recipes. I looked at many and simply made up my own in the end.
The pumpkin butter that is the base of this custard was made like this:
- 4 cups roasted pumpkin
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/4 cup honey
I cooked it on high in the crock pot for about 5 hours and then on low for about 2 hours, until it was cooked down and had a nice canned pumpkin consistency.
I refrigerated that overnight as I didn’t know what I was going to do with it.
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 to 1 tsp stevia (I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but thought a bit more sweetness might be nice, since there isn’t really much honey in it to begin with. If you like things sweeter by all means add more sugar, honey, or whatever sweetener you like)
- cinnamon for garnish on top
I poured the resulting mixture into six custard cups. (technically I believe these cups are soufflé cups) I topped them with some sprinkled cinnamon.
I put them in a roasting pan and filled it up with water about 3/4 of the way up to the top of the cups. They cooked at 325 degrees for sometime over an hour. I am terrible about paying attention to time. To test custard for doneness, insert a sharply pointed knife about 1 inch from the side of the cup. Knife should come out clean, but center may still be unset and will continue to cook after removed from the oven.
They turned out incredibly delicious. For a richer dessert you might want to make it with evaporated milk or heavy whipping cream. This was pleasantly light and actually quite healthy too for a dessert. High in protein, veggie and very little sugar.