Desserts/ Gluten Free

Pumpkin Custard!

Pumpkin Pie Custard, Custard Recipe, Pumpkin Creme Brûlée, Pumpkin Custard in Instant Pot

One of my friends, Colleen mentioned that her family loves pumpkin custard each year instead of pumpkin pie. She makes hers from fresh pumpkin.  She said it was easier than dealing with piecrust and she and her family like the custard better.

It sounded so delicious, I wanted to try a variation of the Pumpkin Custard. 

Pumpkin Pie Custard, Custard Recipe, Pumpkin Creme Brûlée, Pumpkin Custard in Instant Pot

Here is the ingredients and my trial in the Instant Pot

I tried making it different ways to find the easiest, most foolproof and quick way to create it.  I decided since we are talking easy that I would use canned pumpkin. However, if you use fresh pumpkin what Colleen does is cut up the pumpkin in large chunks, roasts it; takes out the seeds then she scoops the flesh into freezer ziplock bags and freezes it.  When she wants to use it; it is all ready to go.

If you use fresh pumpkin Colleen said she puts the pumpkin and pumpkin custard ingredients in a blender.  The blender ensures that there are no strings from the pumpkin; and it makes the pumpkin custard light and ‘almost fluffy’.   

Pumpkin Pie Custard, Custard Recipe, Pumpkin Creme Brûlée, Pumpkin Custard in Instant Pot

See this is just how easy it is- all ingredients get put in blender!

I tried using electric hand mixer and the blender method.  I tried cooking it in my instant pot and in a bain marie ( a cute term for hot water bath).  No silly! You don’t put it in your bathtub!!  

The instant pot the Pumpkin Custard cooked a bit too much and the custard cracked but it tasted yummy still.   I did a high pressure with natural release for 10 minutes. I think next time I’ll do it for 6 minutes- how is that for fast dessert?  My family raved about the flavor and the texture.  

The Bain Marie the texture, flavor were perfect and the top did not crack.

Pumpkin Pie Custard, Custard Recipe, Pumpkin Creme Brûlée, Pumpkin Custard in Instant Pot

See I used mason jars plus a ramekin

  You can also add a crunchy caramel layer as you would with creme brûlée.

I really like mixing it all up in a blender the texture was amazing and it was so easy!  This really was good you could double or triple the batch and it would be just fine.

Ok, I want to know what you come up with when you make pumpkin custard.  It is so fast to make it you won’t want to wait for Thanksgiving!  Enjoy!

PS- Want to save this recipe for later? save it to Pinterest!

Pumpkin Custard

Fast, Fabulous Pumpkin Custard that you will want to make over and over!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 4 ounces each

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 egg, plus
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup half and half or canned coconut cream-mixed well
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (I used Kerrygold butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar may use coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  

    Put all the ingredients in blender, blend well, (may also use hand electric mixer but blender does make custard lighter).  

    Pumpkin Pie Custard, Custard Recipe, Pumpkin Creme Brûlée, Pumpkin Custard in Instant Pot
  2. Pour 1/2 cup each of the pumpkin custard into 5- 8-ounce size mason jars or ramekins. Place ramekins in a larger casserole pan add water to the pan -half way up. bake 30 minutes.  Turn off oven - leave them in the oven for a little while until they cool off this will prevent the custard from cracking.  

    Serve with whipped cream and freshly ground nutmeg or sprinkle tops with 1 tablespoon of sugar for each custard and using chef torch make crunchy caramel coating. 

    Pumpkin Pie Custard, Custard Recipe, Pumpkin Creme Brûlée, Pumpkin Custard in Instant Pot
  3. If using instant pot, put 1 inch of water in bottom of Instant Pot, place rack in Instant pot; place ramekins or mason jars with the custard in Instant pot; may need to use another rack on top of ramekins if needed.  Process on high pressure for six minutes, natural release.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Instant Pot was used for one of the yummy testing of this recipe.  

I used my awesome blender and it made mixing up the custard so easy!

These are affiliate links which means I will get a tiny percentage of the purchase price but you do not pay any more for the items.  It helps to defray the cost of the Dash of Wisdom blog.   Thank you so much! 

Fast Fabulous Pumpkin Custard

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