A Thanksgiving meal wouldn't be complete without pumpkin, and here in Vermont we wouldn't dream of excluding our beloved maple syrup. We've combined the two in these elegant custards, featuring the best part of a pumpkin pie and saving calories for a luscious finish of real whipped cream. If you can find it, use Grade B dark amber syrup to get the best maple flavor. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2002

Jim Romanoff



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Put a kettle of water on to heat for the water bath. Line a roasting pan with a folded kitchen towel.

  • Heat milk over low heat in a small saucepan until barely steaming but not boiling.

  • Whisk eggs and syrup in a large bowl until smooth. Gently whisk in the warm milk (a little bit at a time so the eggs don't cook). Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; whisk until blended.

  • Divide the mixture among six 6-ounce (3/4-cup) custard cups. Skim foam from the surface. Place custard cups in the prepared roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the custard cups. Place the pan in the oven and bake, uncovered, until custards are just set but still quiver in the center when shaken, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer custards to a wire rack and let cool for 45 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until chilled.

  • To serve, top each custard with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of crystallized ginger.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Ingredient Note: If you can find it, use Grade B dark amber syrup to get the best maple flavor.

Nutrition Facts

210 calories; 4.3 g total fat; 1.8 g saturated fat; 128 mg cholesterol; 179 mg sodium. 290 mg potassium; 37.3 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g fiber; 30 g sugar; 6.7 g protein; 5158 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 23 mcg folate; 156 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 27 mg magnesium; 26 g added sugar;

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