Pumpkin Series: Pumpkin Creme Brulee

I’m sure we’re all familiar with creme brulee–flan-like texture on the bottom with a layer of caramelized sugar on top. Yum! Here’s a spin off recipe from the Food Network to create a pumpkin flavored creme brulee recipe perfect for Halloween! This recipe serves 8 and is listed as intermediate, so take a little more time than usual in preparing and cooking this dessert!


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus 4 teaspoons for garnishing
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup mashed cooked pumpkin

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Have 8 (1/2 cup) ramekins or custard cups ready in a large metal baking pan.

Combine cream, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup of sugar in a saucepan and bring to a bare simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is melted. Then remove from heat.

In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks until you get a frothy texture. Add 3/4 cup of the hot cream mixture from above into the egg yolks slowly and continue whisking. Add the nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and pumpkin into the mixture and keep whisking. If you get a lot of clumps, put the mixture through a strainer. Pour into the 8 cups in the metal baking pan.

Fill the metal baking pan with water until it covers the cups halfway. Place in oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the center is set. Remove it from the oven. Let it cool and place it in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

For the caramelized sugar layer on top, sprinkle each cup with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and melt with a kitchen torch until a thin layer of sugar has hardened on the top.  If you do not have a kitchen torch, preheat the broiler and broil the cup with sugar until it is melted. Rotate every 1 to 2 minutes to avoid from burning. Remove from broiler, cool and serve!

For some additional touches, slice a strawberry thinly from the tip to the stem. Do not cut all the way though. This way, you can spread out the strawberry and make a pretty, yet delicious garnish. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top for a little frosty finish!

This pumpkin treat is perfect for Halloween parties or just for the fall.  Just make sure you allow yourself enough time to make these because they do take a little more time to prepare and cook. Wow everyone with this pumpkin spinoff on the classic creme brulee this Halloween!



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2 responses to “Pumpkin Series: Pumpkin Creme Brulee

  1. As a chef & Halloween nut, I’m a huge fan of pumpkin creme brulee. It takes a dish which is already considered to be elegant and totally amps it up. Yumm.

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