WEEK 6, a very festive "Maple-Pumpkin Pots de Creme"
Well... for Halloween this dish was a very nice dessert. It may not be on anyones top 10 favorite desserts all time but it fit the evening. Reactions came in slow but i think everyone that tried it was quite intrigued with the blend of the maple and the pumpkin. It was easy to make as well.
***Wife gave it 3 spatulas***
Here's the video of WEEK 6:
If you're looking for a festive dish to show off for Thanksgiving, this one is sure to stand out. I'm no expert so for extra tips I highly recommend Chef Doug's page at http://www.funwithfoodcatering.com/.
Now let's get down to business:
Maple-Pumpkin Pots de Creme
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup Grade B maple syrup
1/2 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
7 large egg yolks 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
Special equipment: 10 (2 to 3-ounce) custard cups or ramekins
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Whisk together cream, milk, syrup, and pumpkin in a heavy saucepan and bring just to a simmer over moderate heat. Whisk together yolks, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl.
Add hot pumpkin mixture to yolks in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large measuring cup, then divide among custard cups (you may have some custard left over, depending on size of cups). Bake custards in a hot water bath pan covered tightly with foil, in middle of oven until a knife inserted in center of a custard comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer custards to a rack to cool completely. Chill, covered, until cold, at least 2 hours.
Garnish with the Maple Brittle and voila!