How to Make Pumpkin Crème Caramel

How to Make Pumpkin Crème Caramel

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 1 ½ hrs

Ingredients needed to make Pumpkin Crème Caramel:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (recipe below)
  • 7 whole cloves
  • Three 1’ cinnamon sticks
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 5 allspice berries
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Cooking instructions for Pumpkin Crème Caramel:

  • To make the pumpkin puree, warm up your oven to 200 degrees C and grease a baking tray with a small lashing of oil.
  • Slice a butternut pumpkin into two equal halves and scrap out the seeds.
  • Arrange them onto the greased baking tray, with their cut side facing down and roast in the oven for 45 minutes or until they soften.
  • Scoop out the cooked pumpkin flesh using a spoon and transfer it into a blender.
  • Blitz into a smooth puree and set aside to cool completely.
  • Lower the oven temperature to 160 degrees and position at rack midway within it.
  • Pour in a tbsp water in a saucepan and stir in sugar until it dissolves slightly.
  • Heat the mixture over slow flame, and continue to cook while stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves completely to form a syrup.
  • Increase the heat slightly and bring it up to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Cook the syrup, undisturbed, for the next 5 minutes or until it turns light caramel in colour and turn off the heat.
  • Whisk in a splash of water and maple syrup until well combined and brush it within six 180 gm ramekins.
  • Toss the whole spices into a baking dish and toast for 10 minutes or until they give out a zesty fragrance.
  • Tip them into a medium saucepan along with ground nutmeg and whisk in the cream as well as milk.
  • Pour in the pumpkin puree and fold it into the mixture until mixed properly.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and turn off the heat; let it rest for an hour to steep; get rid of the spices.
  • Crack the eggs in a medium bowl and pour in the cooked pumpkin blend until they are mixed thoroughly into a uniform mixture.
  • Divide it among the prepared ramekins and arrange them in a deep-bottomed baking tray.
  • Pour boiling water into the tray so that they rise up halfway up the ramekins and wrap the surface with a sheet of foil.
  • Bake for 18 minutes or until it sets and remove from oven.
  • Lift the ramekins up from the tray and set aside to cool completely.
  • Leave in the fridge to chill and until it’s time to serve them.
  • Flip each ramekin onto a serving plate and serve chilled.

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