As I've said before, pumpkin is my favorite of all the pies. However, there are few days besides Thanksgiving and Pi Day that I feel inclined to attempt an acceptable pie crust. If only I could find a way (besides using shortening: the horror!) to make a good pie crust without tears, blood and sweat.
Thankfully there's this delicious little thing called Pumpkin Pie Pudding. It's hardly more trouble than regular homemade pudding (which is stupid easy), and has the lovely, spicy flavors of a pie.
I was a bit apprehensive about the outcome of this pudding. I've made some pumpkin flavored recipes that didn't exactly please (I don't know if I can ever bring myself to make a pumpkin smoothie again). But to my relief, this was scrumptious. Helen loved it, and so did Reuben.
Is is every bit as good as pumpkin pie? No, but it's so much easier (and just about foolproof). Make sure to serve with a big dollop of whipped cream.
Pumpkin Pie Pudding Recipe
Adapted from Health.com
Makes about 4-6 servings
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup sucanat
- 1/4 cup cornstarch, preferably organic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup cream
- 1 cup pumpkin puree, homemade or canned
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg, for serving
1) In a medium heat-proof bowl, whisk the eggs. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Slowly whisk in the milk and cream. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.
2) Temper the whisked eggs by slowly whisking in about half of the hot milk mixture. Pour into saucepan and return to heat. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 3 minutes.
3) Remove from heat and whisk in the pumpkin, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Pour into a heat-proof storage container (I used a large glass bowl).
4) Let cool a bit then press plastic wrap onto the surface to keep the pudding from developing a skin. Let cool to room temperature and then chill in the refrigerator. Serve with plenty of whipped cream and a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg.
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