Pumpkin Pie Creme Brulee

Total Time:
7 hr
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
6 hr
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

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Ingredients
  • Pecan and Butter Cracker Crust, recipe follows
  • 3 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped and pod reserved
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • Hot water
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • Butter Cracker and Pecan Crust:
  • 32 butter crackers (recommended: Ritz crackers)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted, plus more if needed
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Directions

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Divide the crust into 8 (6-ounce) custard cups. Put them into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish or roasting pan and blind bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.

In a medium sauce pot, over medium-high heat, add 2 cups of the cream, the spices, the vanilla seeds and the vanilla bean pod. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk the yolks with the sugar until the mixture is pale yellow and the sugar is dissolved.

Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cream and the 1/2 cup of milk to the cream and spice mixture. Slowly incorporate the yolk and sugar mixture, then strain through a medium-size sieve. Whisk in the pumpkin puree.

Divide the pumpkin mixture evenly into the custard cups lined with the crust.* Add the hot water into the baking dish or roasting pan to create a hot bath and put the pan into the oven. Bake until the custard is starting to set, yet still a little wiggly in the middle, about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove the brulee from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours.

Lightly sprinkle each custard with the turbinado sugar. Heat the sugar with a butane torch until caramelized. To get a thick caramelized sugar crust, repeat this, with just a light sprinkling each time. Allow to cool and serve.

*Guy's Tip: if you happen to have any leftover creme brulee mixture, pour it into a baking dish and put it into another roasting pan. Add hot water about halfway up the sides of the dish and bake until custard is starting to set, yet still a little wiggly in the middle, about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove and cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours. Refer to recipe for caramelizing sugar on top after it has cooled completely.

Butter Cracker and Pecan Crust:

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse the crackers and pecans until finely ground, about 6 to 10 (3-second) pulses. Add the melted butter and brown sugar and pulse to combine. Press into the bottom of a springform pan, baking dish, or 8 (6-ounce) ramekins.

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