Here’s a delicious pumpkin custard recipe from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas that would be perfect for your Thanksgiving dessert table:
Decadent Pumpkin Custards with Maple Pecan Crunch
1½ cups half-and-half
2 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
4 large eggs, lightly whisked
⅔ cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can 100% pure pumpkin
Pre-heat oven to 325˚F. Place 8 (6-ounce) ramekins onto a rimmed baking sheet; set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add half-and-half and liqueur. Heat and stir, just until mixture is warmed then remove from heat.
In a large bowl, add eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt; whisk until well combined. Add pumpkin and whisk until incorporated. Slowly pour heated half-and-half mixture into pumpkin mixture; whisk continuously until combined.
Pour custard mixture into ramekins. Place in oven then carefully pour warm water into sheet pan, so custards are surrounded and water depth is about ¾-inch high. Bake until done, about 40-45 minutes. Remove ramekins from pan, cool completely on wire rack and place in refrigerator to chill.
Maple Pecan Crunch
¼ cup pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup pecans, chopped
coarse salt (garnish)
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a small bowl, add syrup, vanilla and cayenne pepper, whisk to combine; set aside.
Lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray, place over medium heat. Add nuts to skillet and toast until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Carefully pour syrup mixture over nuts, cook and stir until nuts are coated; remove from heat. Place nut mixture evenly onto prepared baking sheet and cool.
Before serving, top cool custards with Maple Pecan Crunch. Finish custards with a pinch of coarse salt.
Store unused Maple Pecan Crunch in an airtight container. Maple Pecan Crunch is also a delicious way to top freshly baked sweet potatoes.