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Pumpkin Maple Pots de Crème
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
These make-ahead Maple Pumpkin Pots de Crème have an amazingly silky smooth texture. Each delicious bite is bursting with warm-spiced flavor - a beautiful, gourmet alternative to pie!
Servings: 8
Calories: 397 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 1 ¾ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon white corn syrup
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • freshly whipped, cream (lightly sweetened(
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F with a rack in the middle position. Place six 4-6-ounce ramekins in a 2-inch sided baking pan (I use a 9x13-inch cake pan).
  2. Whisk together cream, pumpkin, dark brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a medium size bowl (preferably, with a pouring spout). Set aside.

  3. Bring water, corn syrup, maple syrup and the 6 tablespoons granulated sugar to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a fork in the center of the pan until sugar is dissolved. Boil without stirring, swirling pan occasionally, until mixture has gone from light to dark amber, about 6-8 minutes. Watch the mixture carefully towards the end as once it begins to turn color it will change fairly quickly.
  4. Remove from heat. Carefully add cream/pumpkin mixture (mixture may bubble up and steam). Whisk until combined. If caramel mixture does not completely dissolve, return pot to heat and stir for a minute or two until dissolved.

  5. Combine the egg yolks and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Add the egg yolks to the hot cream mixture in a SLOW, STEADY stream, whisking continuously. (Adding the eggs slowly will keep them from scrambling in the hot cream mixture.)
  6. Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve back into the egg yolk bowl. Divide custard among ramekins or pots in the pan. Pour hot water into pan the ramekins are in to reach about half way up the sides. Bake, uncovered, until custards are set around edges, but still tremble slightly in centers, about 35-45 minutes.

  7. Remove from the water bath with a tongs or pot holder. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, then refrigerate until 30 minutes before serving. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in post for further instructions and more detailed tips.

This recipe will serve 6-8, depending on the size of your bowls or ramekins.

Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Maple Pots de Crème
Amount Per Serving
Calories 397 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 267mg89%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 170mg5%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 4600IU92%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.