Oh, the smell of sweetly spiced goodness from the oven in fall time is so comforting to me. I can’t seem to stay out of the kitchen once the weather turn cool and pumpkins are in season. I usually make lots of small, individual treats because I love cute little ramekins and mini goodies, but some occasions just call for shared dishes. Fall time is the perfect time to sit down with family and friends to enjoy a dish of Family-Style Baked Pumpkin Custard.
Every month, I get together with my blogger friends and share awesome recipes about seasonal vegetables. And since it’s October, what better veggie to celebrate than the almighty pumpkin. Here is my ode to the grand pumpkin.
What I love about REAL food baking is that the foods that I create are not only tasty and delicious, they are nutritious and healing as well. I can feel good about serving fresh, seasonal, nutrient-dense foods to my family. What my family sees as treats and dessert, I see as local pastured eggs, wholesome organic home-grown pumpkins, and good quality fats. Real food to feed and sustain.
One of the most important and cherished things in my life is sharing food with the ones that I love. Taking time to slow down and to connect while nourishing our bodies is healing in so many ways. Life seems to be moving faster as I get older, so I treasure the times I get to really drop in with my peeps. And that’s where this family-style dish comes in. We sit, we gather, we share. We eat from the same dish and just enjoy each other.
So gather ’round and belly up to the table on those cold days and serve up some of this lightly spiced pumpkin delight. Custard is traditionally eaten cold, but I actually prefer to serve this warm with a savory meat dish and LOTS of vegetable.
Bon appétit. Buen Provecho. Guten appetit. Hyvää ruokahalua. Dig in. Enjoy your meal. Chow down.
Before you check out my recipe, take a quick look at what my friends came up with as well:
- Trisha from Eat Your Beets: Grain Free Stuffed Pumpkin
- Elaina from The Rising Spoon: Maple Spice Pumpkin Butter
- Laura from Storybook Reality: Pumpkin Chocolate Chipotle Chili
- 2 cups cooked pumpkin puree (freshly baked is best)
- 8 egg yolks (preferably pastured)
- 5 TBS RAW honey (like this)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 can full fat coconut milk (where to buy BPA and additive free coconut milk)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder (I use this one)
- pinch of clove
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (like this)
- 2 pinches of celtic sea salt (I use this one)
- coconut whipped cream, whipped cream, or plain yogurt to serve on top
- Preheat oven to 350’F. Fill a large baking dish 1/3 with water and place into oven to warm up.
- Combine egg yolks, pumpkin puree, honey, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.
- In a sauce pan, gently heat coconut milk , all spices and sea salt until edges barely start to bubble. DO NOT BOIL.
- Slowly whisk HALF of coconut milk mixture into egg mixture (to prevent eggs from cooking)
- Return the mixture to saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon over LOW heat until thickens (about 5 minutes)
- Pour into baking dish (I use an 11 x 7 inch oval.)
- Place smaller baking dish into prepared larger baking dish in oven (to make a water bath for even cooking) and bake for 45-50 minutes, until set and toothpick comes out clean in center.
- Serve and enjoy this comforting dish family-style. Store leftovers in fridge (if there are any.)
I like to bake custards in a hot water bath for more even cooking. This step is not absolutely necessary but does make for a better end result. And if you don’t have all the spices listed above, a pumpkin spice will work just fine.
What is your favorite family-style dish to share?
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