Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Crustless Mini Pumpkin pies/ Crème de Pumpkin
At this time of the year the weather becomes chiller, the days shorter and generally there is less and less sunshine. But autumn is still beautiful with its shiny red, yellow and orange (and still some green) colours, the harvest and the air filled with smells of chimneys, sugar and aromatic spices as vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Autumn is orange; wrapped up in soft and chunky knitwear; it is all about the sunshine gently kissing your face in a crisp afternoon.
Autumn is a pumpkin.
Or a butternut squash.
I was looking for pumpkin but finally got home with a butternut squash. It is the tastiest kind of pumpkin, Google says. No need to sorry then.
The pumpkin pie I had in mind was going to be a butternut squash pie.
Until the crust of the pie became obviously unnecessary and I though, Oh well, why not just skip it, it's all about the pie's filling anyway!
And so ta daaa! The crustless pumpkin pies are ready, yours only for 1 small butternut squash and about 1 hour of baking!
(enough to fill 8-9 ramekins)
2 medium eggs
1 small butternut squash (up to 1 kg) (makes 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree)
1 can (410 ml) sweetened evaporated milk (I used Nestle Carnation)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 tsp ground cardamom
1/3 tsp ground nutmeg
4 tsp brown sugar muscovado light
First prepare the pumpkin - cut lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place on a flat tin with 2/3 cup of water.
Bake in the oven for some 30-40 minutes until ready cooked.
Scoop out the flesh and make a puree. It should fill 1 1/2 measuring cups.
In a bowl beat the eggs with the sugar. Add the pumpkin (squash) puree mixing well, add the evaporated milk and beat until everything is well blended.
Pour into ramekins. Line a baking dish with tea towel. Place the ramekins on top. Cover with hot water to the rim.
Place the dish in a previously heated oven at 160 C for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
The method I used is the one for making crème caramel, so I guess I can call them as well crème de pumpkin ;)