/Pumpkin Crème Brulee

Pumpkin Crème Brulee

Creamy pumpkin custard is accentuated by pumpkin pie spice and vanilla bean and topped with crackling bruleed sugar in this Pumpkin Creme Brulee. This dessert makes an elegant ending to any holiday dinner party!

Pumpkin creme brulee in white ramekins, next to a spoon and a pumpkinPumpkin creme brulee in white ramekins, next to a spoon and a pumpkin

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live right now, but the weather here in Ohio is all kinds of whacky.

Part of me is all Yes! It’s going to be 85 today, we can take Elle swimming and eat dinner on the patio.

The other part of me is all HELLO! It’s mid-September and I just want to sip a pumpkin spice latte and wear my new sweatshirt without being drenched in sweat by 2pm.

It’s been in high 50’s to low 60’s every morning and then BAM! By 2:00 we’re talking temps in the 80s and 90s. So dressing a 5-year-old for a 30 degree temp swing has been all sorts of fun!

And if I’m being honest, I’m kind of over it.

My porch is decorated for fall complete with cute pillows and coordinating mums and the fall storage totes have been brought up from the basement, but I haven’t quite put everything up yet because my brain still says it’s summer.

One thing that is totally not summer over here is my baking. From pumpkin chocolate chip bread and apple pie bars to caramel apple crisp and this pumpkin creme brulee, I’m in full-on fall baking mode.

Close up of a spoon breaking into the crackly sugar topping on a pumpkin creme bruleeClose up of a spoon breaking into the crackly sugar topping on a pumpkin creme brulee

CREME BRULEE IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK

So here’s the thing about making creme brulee: It’ll impress the socks off of just about anyone you serve it to.

I mean, it looks so fancy in its individual servings and with its crackly bruleed sugar topping. Not to mention the flavor and the luscious texture of the custard.

Pumpkin Crème BruleePumpkin Crème Brulee

But as far as custards go, creme brulee is actually a pretty easy custard to make.

Since it’s a baked custard, you don’t have to worry about cooking it through or thickening it up on the stove, as if you were making Rolo Ice Cream or homemade vanilla pudding.

Custard for pumpkin creme brulee poured into ramekins, ready to be bakedCustard for pumpkin creme brulee poured into ramekins, ready to be baked

Instead, the custard gets mixed and then baked in ramekins in a water bath.

We already know how to bake cheesecake in a water bath. This is even easier – just make sure to place the pan with the ramekins in the oven before adding the water. Otherwise you risk sloshing water into your custards.

Ask me how I know.

Pumpkin creme brulee custards sprinkled with sugar, ready to be bruleedPumpkin creme brulee custards sprinkled with sugar, ready to be bruleed

Once the custards bake and cool, all that’s left to do is brulee them! You can do this with a brulee torch or under your broiler.

If you go the broiler route, just make sure to keep a close eye on them; they can burn quickly!

Pumpkin creme brulee custards sprinkled with sugar, ready to be bruleedPumpkin creme brulee custards sprinkled with sugar, ready to be bruleed

MAKE IT A FANCY HOLIDAY WITH PUMPKIN CREME BRULEE

Since creme brulee is actually pretty easy to make, why not add some pumpkin to it for the fall and holiday season?
I’m telling ya, this Pumpkin Creme Brulee recipe will be your best friend for any holiday dinner party.

We’ve already covered why this recipe is deceptively impressive. But it’s perfect for entertaining.

Pumpkin creme brulee, ready to be served in individual ramekinsPumpkin creme brulee, ready to be served in individual ramekins

The custards need plenty of time to cool before they can be bruleed and served, so you can easily make them a day ahead of time. Plus, the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice add a depth of flavor that is key for any fall dessert.

Bite taken out of a pumpkin creme brulee, showing the pumpkin custard underneath the bruleed sugar toppingBite taken out of a pumpkin creme brulee, showing the pumpkin custard underneath the bruleed sugar topping

Whether you’re hosting a small Thanksgiving or a fall dinner party for friends, Pumpkin Creme Brulee is a recipe you’ll want to keep handy this fall. After all, who doesn’t want to feel fancy every now and again?

Spoon breaking into the bruleed sugar topping on a pumpkin creme bruleeSpoon breaking into the bruleed sugar topping on a pumpkin creme brulee

Ingredients

  • 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar for bruleed topping

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

2. Slice the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the caviar from inside the bean; reserve the bean.

3. In a medium saucepan, heat the cream, vanilla bean and scraped caviar, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves over medium heat, stirring occasionally, just until it comes to a boil. Immediately turn off the heat and set aside to infuse at least 15 minutes. Remove bean from cream mixture.

4. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Whisking constantly, gradually pour in the hot cream mixture. Whisk in the pumpkin puree. Pour the mixture into 4 ovenproof ramekins and arrange in a hot water bath.

5. Bake in the center of the oven until almost set but still a bit soft in the center, 40-50 minutes. The custard should “shimmy” a bit when you shake the pan; it will firm up more as it cools. Remove from the water bath and let cool 15 minutes.

6. Tightly cover each ramekin with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic does not touch the surface of the custard. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours.

7. When ready to serve, preheat a broiler to very hot (or fire up your kitchen torch). Uncover the chilled custards. Pour as much coarse sugar as will fit onto the top of 1 of the custards. Pour off the remaining sugar onto the next custard. Repeat until all the custards are coated. Discard any remaining sugar. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet or in a roasting pan and broil until the sugar is melted and well browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool 1 minute before serving.

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Nutrition Information

Yield 4

Serving Size 1 creme brulee

Amount Per Serving

Calories 544 Total Fat 38g Saturated Fat 23g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 13g Cholesterol 288mg Sodium 47mg Carbohydrates 48g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 46g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 6g

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