Home > Desserts > Pumpkin Créme Brûleé Pumpkin Créme Brûleé November 10, 2019 | No Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Pumpkin Créme Brûleé has creamy pumpkin-spiced custard filling and a caramelized sugar topping. It’s a fun twist on regular crème brûleé! Pumpkin Créme Brûleé is the perfect dessert to make ahead of time. You can prepare the custard several days in advance, store it in the fridge, and then torch the tops with sugar just before serving. We’re obsessed with pumpkin in desserts; a few other pumpkin-filled treats to try next include Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pumpkin Coffee Cake, or this Pumpkin Cheesecake Ball. While turkey is good and all, if you’re a sweets lover, the real showstoppers of Thanksgiving dinner are the desserts! And while Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie are both delicious traditional desserts, the favorites of our table are always the less- conventional options. Like these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars or…*drumroll* Pumpkin Créme Brûleé!* Not only is it about a thousand times easier to make than pumpkin pie, it’s also the perfect option for a make-ahead dessert. Créme brûleé is truly one of the easiest desserts to make, and this fun twist is perfect for fall and Thanksgiving. QUICK TIP Does Créme Brûleé intimidate you? Well, it shouldn’t! It’s just a simple custard, topped with sugar. The sugar is broiled or seared with a torch and then left to harden. Easy peasy! If you want to impress your guests, bring out the Créme Brûleé and keep quiet about how easy it is. It’ll be our little secret! How to make Pumpkin Créme Brûleé Combine the yolks and brown sugar (FYI: two of the yolks broke and are under the sugar in this picture!) Beat with a hand mixer until smooth, creamy, and light, about 1-2 minutes. Add in the pumpkin pie spice, pinch of salt, and canned pumpkin. Use high-quality pumpkin that is not watery for best results. Slowly drizzle in the hot heavy cream while whisking constantly. We want to slowly temper the eggs, not scramble them. Continue to gradually add heavy cream while whisking. Whisk until ingredients are completely combined and smooth. Then add in the vanilla extract. (Pictures below) Pour the mixture into ramekins that are placed in a 9×13-inch baking pan. Pour boiling water into the pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake until the centers jiggle only very slightly. Let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until firm, about 2-3 hours. When ready to eat, sprinkle on the sugar. Torch to caramelize the sugar! Pumpkin Créme Brûleé tools Pumpkin Créme Brûleé does require a few specialty tools, and below are exactly what I use when making Pumpkin Créme Brûleé! (Affiliate links below) Ramekins Kitchen torch 9×13 Pan Don’t have a kitchen torch? The term créme brûleé is French, as you might gather from those fancy accent marks in the spelling. More than 300 years ago, when the basic recipe became popular, the English translation for Créme Brûleé was “burnt cream,” which doesn’t sound nearly as romantic, but brûleé comes from the same root word as broil, so it really does make sense. While it won’t be exactly the same–and not nearly as much fun– you can still make Pumpkin Créme Brûleé without a torch. Here’s how: Move oven rack to the top position. Preheat oven to a high broil and then sprinkle sugar evenly over the custards. Place the filled ramekins on a sheet pan and place in the oven (top rack). Watch CAREFULLY as the crystallization happens quickly. Avoid letting the finished créme brûleés sit in the oven long or the custard’s texture will change and become less pleasant. Remove and enjoy! Pumpkin Créme Brûleé tips Use-room temperature ingredients. Make sure you set the eggs out to come to room temperature before using so they won’t “cook” when the hot heavy cream is added. Tip: Warm eggs quickly to room temperature using this method). Don’t over-beat the mixture. Overmixing adds too much air to the cream, which alters the texture. Season with salt. Adding a touch of salt to the créme brûleé mixture helps balance and intensify the flavors. Cook the créme brûleé in a water bath. Placing the ramekins in a pan with hot water helps to cook the custard evenly and slowly without burning. Use a kitchen torch. Getting that perfect hard-sugar top is much simpler than you’d think when you use a kitchen torch. Hold the torch about 6 centimeters away and don’t stay in any spot too long, to avoid melting the custard beneath. Crystalizing happens for a second after you torched it; that’s important to keep in mind if you don’t want burned sugar on top. Topping idea Top your caramelized Pumpkin Créme Brûleé with a ginger snap cookie or cinnamon stick. Alternatively, add a crumbled ginger snap cookie on top, after torching with sugar. 🙂 Use leftover pumpkin in one of these treats Pumpkin Snickerdoodles reader favorite! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins Healthy Pumpkin Bread Not cake-y Pumpkin Cookies Pumpkin Bread FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Pumpkin Créme Brûleé 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe Pumpkin Créme Brûleé has creamy pumpkin-spiced custard filling and a caramelized sugar topping. It's a fun twist on regular créme brûleé! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Pumpkin Créme Brûleé 5 from 1 vote - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Pumpkin Créme Brûleé has creamy pumpkin-spiced custard filling and a caramelized sugar topping. It's a fun twist on regular créme brûleé! Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword pumpkin creme brulee Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Chilling Time 2 hours Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes Servings 5 5-ounce brulees Calories 324kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $3.56 Ingredients▢ 6 cups water▢ 2 cups heavy cream▢ 4 large egg yolks▢ 1/3 cup dark or light brown sugar, PACKED (I've used both; flavors are quite similar, so use what you have.)▢ 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice▢ scant 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (just a tiny pinch!)▢ 1/4 cup canned pumpin (not pumpkin pie filling; not an entire can)▢ 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or 1 and 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract)▢ 1/4 cup white sugar (superfine if you have it, regular granulated works too)US - Metric USMetric InstructionsPREP: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place empty ramekin bowls (See Note 1) in a 9x13-inch pan. Place 6 cups of water in a large pot and heat to the boiling point. Meanwhile, heat the heavy cream over the stove until the cream is simmering but not boiling. Remove from the stove and set aside to cool slightly.EGGS: In a large bowl, add the egg yolks and brown sugar. Using a hand mixer, beat until the mixture is light, about 1-2 minutes. Once light and creamy, add in the pumpkin pie spice, salt, and pumpkin; beat until just combined. Pour about 2-3 tablespoons of the hot cream into the pumpkin mixture while whisking constantly with a fork or whisk. Continue to gradually add in the hot cream while whisking, until all the cream is in the pumpkin mixture and everything is smooth. Stir in the vanilla.PREP FOR BAKING: Pour the prepared mixture evenly into the ramekins that are in the 9x13-inch pan. Carefully, using a glass liquid measuring cup, scoop out boiling water from your pot on the stovetop and pour into the baking pan (be very careful to avoid getting any water in the ramekins) until the water reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Don't fill above the halfway point.BAKE: Bake for 30-35 minutes at 325 F (my oven takes exactly 30 minutes for 5-ounce ramekins) until the centers are set (with just a very slight jiggle). Cool completely at room temperature and then remove from the water bath and refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving. These can be refrigerated for 4-5 days before using; cover tightly with plastic wrap before chilling.SERVING: When ready to serve, add a white sugar on top of each custard in equal portions. (I find it helpful to use a little more sugar than needed and swirl it around on top of the custard to make sure the top is evenly coated with sugar, and then just pour the extra sugar onto the next ramekin.) Use a kitchen torch (See Note 2) to sear the tops until the sugar melts and browns (or even slightly blackens). Enjoy immediately! Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Ramekins: Use either (6) 4-ounce ramekins, (5) 5-ounce ramekins, or (4) 6-ounce ramekins. Note 2: Kitchen torch: Hold the torch about 6 centimeters away and don’t stay in any spot too long, to avoid melting the custard beneath. Crystalizing continues to happen for a second after you torched it. This is important to keep in mind if you don’t want burned sugar on top. If you don't have a kitchen torch, you can use your oven broiler to melt the sugar. To do this, move your oven rack to the top position and heat the oven to a high broil. Once heated, add the sugar-topped custards. It only takes 1-3 minutes, so watch closely to avoid burning the crème bruleé. Nutrition FactsServing: 55-ounce brulees | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.5g | Protein: 6.6g | Fat: 21.2g | Cholesterol: 203mg | Sodium: 75mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 26.3g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. 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