Prized for its versatility, buttery-rich winter squash is a go-to veggie in the fall. We love to serve creamy Sugar Pumpkin Custards with Graham Crumble this time of year.
1 small sugar pumpkin (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large egg yolks
1 large egg
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 (12-ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk
6 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon egg whites, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 325°.
Pierce pumpkin 5 times with a knife; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until tender when pierced. Let stand 10 minutes. Discard stem, skin, and seeds. Place 1 cup chopped pumpkin (8 1/2 ounces) in a large bowl. (Save remaining pumpkin for another use.) Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add 1/3 cup sugar and next 4 ingredients (through whole egg); beat until well blended.
Place half-and-half and next 4 ingredients (through milk) in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge. Add milk mixture to pumpkin mixture. Beat at low speed 1 minute. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl. Discard solids. Divide mixture evenly among 8 (4-ounce) ramekins. Place ramekins in a large roasting pan. Add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch; bake at 325° for 50 minutes or until center barely moves when pan is touched. Remove ramekins from pan; cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill 4 hours.
Combine cracker crumbs and next 4 ingredients. Spread mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Place crumb mixture in a zip-top plastic bag, and coarsely crush using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Top each custard with 1 table-spoon whipped topping and about 2 teaspoons graham crumble.
This was really, really good! I cheated and used canned pumpkin from Trader Joe's. The crumble was delicious, and the custard was very creamy. It would also be good with burnt sugar on top as crème brulee.
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