Pumpkin Creme Brulee is a seasonal take on the classic French dessert, Crème Brûlée. It’s familiar to many people with celiac disease as one of the most common gluten free desserts offered in restaurants. I think it is a great dessert to master at home so you can try seasonal variations whenever you want. It’s also one of those desserts people can safely prepare for guests who eat gluten free.
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Typically I prefer recipes that use a whole can of anything (like coconut milk). That way I don’t have to figure out what to do with what’s left. It seems like I always have leftover canned pumpkin. Over the years I’ve saved my favourite pumpkin recipes (to use up what’s in the can) so check out my list at the bottom of this post for something you might want to make.
Freezing pumpkin (and coconut milk) is an option too and I’ve done this many times. But it doesn’t get rid of the problem, it just moves it to a different location and makes the problem last longer. Fortunately, pumpkin lasts in the fridge for more than a week. That is, if it doesn’t get pushed to the back and forgotten. In recent years I’ve tried harder to use it up without freezing it. Just use the system that works best for you and try not to waste it.
This Pumpkin Crème Brulee, as with any creme brulee, must be cooked in a water bath. This method adds moisture to the oven, creates an even cooking temperature and prevents the dessert from cracking or becoming rubbery.
Kitchen Tip – Before you start pull out a few casserole dishes with deep sides and figure out how your desserts will fit into them. It’s easiest to do this with empty dishes.
Kitchen Blowtorch – There is a bit of technique to master using a kitchen blowtorch to make the caramel topping on crème brulee without burning it. I’m not perfect at it but everyone thinks it’s fun to try. In this picture of a classic Creme Brulee you can see the hard caramel that was just broken with a spoon. That’s what you’re going for.
Classic Crème Brulee Dishes have low sides but come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Ramekins – 4-oz or 6-oz ramekins are handy in the kitchen for all kinds of things. They are also perfect for crème brulee.
Let me know in the comments below if you tried this Pumpkin Creme Brulee.
|1¾ cups heavy whipping cream|
|3 large whole eggs|
|½ cup sugar|
|1 cup pumpkin puree|
|¼ tsp ground cinnamon|
|additional sugar for caramelizing|
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