Pumpkin pie is a wonderful dessert, but it isn’t the only treat that you can make with pumpkin during the fall baking season. Pumpkin can be incorporated into a wide variety of muffins, breads and cakes. It can also work its way into fall versions of even more classic desserts, such as a creme brulee. Over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!), I’m sharing my recipe for Pumpkin Creme Brulee. These surprisingly easy to make custards include pumpkin, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices. The custards are baked in a water bath, but they aren’t any more difficult to put together than your average pumpkin pie recipe. They bake up to be delicate and tender, with just the right amount of pumpkin flavor. The custards aren’t overly sweet because, like all creme brulees, these are finished with a caramelized sugar topping. The custards can be prepared in advance, but the topping should be added just before serving so that it has that nice “crack” when you break into it with a spoon.
If you just can’t help yourself from sticking with a pumpkin pie for your next pumpkin dessert, let me point you in the direction of my Bruleed Pumpkin Pie, which features a caramelized topping exactly like the one you would find on a creme brulee. It’s an easy variation on a traditional pie and one that will make your dessert a little bit more memorable!