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(reposted from 2009)

Tasty? Yes. Creamy? Yes. Healthy? Yes. Simple? Yes. 

Missing anything? No.

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dairy free pumpkin custard photo by vsimon

You would never guess this creamy pumpkin custard is dairy free. I simply take a standard pumpkin pie filling recipe and substitute firm silken tofu for the evaporated milk in the recipe.

And can you believe it? I did not have the recipe written down. There are hundreds of recipes in my files, and no pumpkin custard recipe. Even though I make it every fall. Apparently, I have been relying on the recipe on the can, and the substitution was in my head. Time to write it down!

Uh oh, I am in trouble.

There was NO canned pumpkin in the store a few weeks ago. There was just a big, sad, bare, spot where the pumpkin usually resides. I could bake a pie pumpkin and use the flesh. But then it would not be a simple, easy recipe.

I am happy to report the store now has cases of canned pumpkin featured on the end caps. Cases and cases. The pile is as tall as I am.

So now we have pumpkin custard. This makes a perfect ending to a gluten free Thanksgiving. Or a pretty nice “on the go” breakfast when you have made it the night before. Protein, fiber, vitamin A.

I admit I have two if it is all I am having for breakfast. :)

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pumpkin custard, hold the dairy photo by vsimon

Pumpkin Custard, Hold the Dairy

Adapted from Libbey’s Famous Pumpkin Pie recipe. I ditched the crust, subbed tofu for evaporated milk, and increased the sugar a bit. Evaporated milk has some natural sweetness, tofu does not.

Yield: 6 servings metric measures
1 cup dark brown sugar 240 gm
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 gm
½ teaspoon ground ginger 1 gm
¼ teaspoon ground cloves .5 gm
½ teaspoon salt 3 gm
2 large eggs 100 gm
1-15 oz can pure pumpkin 425 gm
1-12 oz package firm silken tofu 350 gm
1/4 cup chopped pecans 30 gm

freshly grated nutmeg, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put dark brown sugar, spices, salt, eggs, pumpkin, and tofu in a blender and process until smooth, about a minute.

Place 6 ramekins in a 9×13 baking pan. Add water to the 9×13 pan, until it comes halfway up the sides of the ramekins. This is called a water bath and allows gentle heat to bake the custard. You can bake the custard without it, but it won’t be quite as creamy.

Pour the pumpkin mixture into the ramekins. Bake for 30 minutes.

Allow to cool and remove ramekins from the 9×13 pan. Drain the water. Put the ramekins back in the 9×13 pan and cover with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Garnish with chopped pecans and nutmeg. Enjoy!

Note: you can substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

11-1-09 These beauties were submitted to the pumpkin packed October issue of Go Ahead Honey, it is Gluten Free. This monthly blogging event was started by Naomi Devlin of Straight into Bed Cakefree and Dried. And hosted in October by Life, Gluten Free. There were over 20 sweet and savory ideas. Very tempting!

11-04-09 Mary Frances Pickett of Gluten Free Cooking School is holding a Thanksgiving blogging event. Head over and share your specialty. All are welcome, you do not need to have a blog.

11-15-09 Bon Appetit magazine is holding a blogger Holiday Bake-Off. I have entered these Pumpkin Custards. There are several categories, including cakes, pies, custards, cookies, more. Add your creations at BA Holiday Bake-Off. And be sure to vote for your favorite in each category.

23 Responses to “Pumpkin Custard, Hold the Dairy”

  1. This is definitely going on my “to make” list! Thanks!

  2. Beautiful custard! And, I love your opening line. :-)

    I really enjoy fresh baked pumpkin, but sugar pumpkins are only around a short while … then canned pumpkin is a requirement! So hope the stores stay stocked. ;-)

    Shirley

  3. Heather @ Life, Gluten Free says:

    Great recipe! Thanks for participating, be sure to check my blog to see the round-up.

  4. I made pumpkin custards with my extra pumpkin pie filling last Thanksgiving. But I love the idea of making them on purpose – and with tofu. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Sara's Test Kitchen says:

    I was just complaining.. I mean noting… on my website that it feels as if the entire Northeast is out of pumpkin. It almost came to roasting my own, even if it does lengthen the recipe time 10 fold. Beautiful pictures, it looks like the pumpkin was put to good use!

  6. YUM! Yes, I heard of the canned pumpkin shortage! Terrible. But glad to hear they are back on shelves, because I’m now going to have to makes these…they look fantastic!

  7. Omg, Linda! Can I have some? I love pumpkin pie and this looks amazing! Yummy!

  8. Jessica says:

    I cannot get enough of pumpkin these days! I just made pumpkin butter, and I’m constantly looking for new pumpkin recipes to try! Thanks for sharing this one!

  9. Oh Linda, I love a girl who is not afraid to have dessert for breakfast!!

  10. Linda, this looks amazing!!! I just wrote about the benefits and varieties of winter squash, pumpkin being one of them, so I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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