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Pumpkin Creme Brûlée

By Joellen Bulgrin

Take your dessert up a notch with Joellen Bulgrin’s Pumpkin Creme Brûlée. This dessert is easy and makes a beautiful presentation. It’s perfect for anytime of year, or if your family wants something new with their Thanksgiving dinner!



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  • Quart heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 10 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp + 2 Tbsp Dizzy Pig Pineapple Head seasoning
  • A few pinches of sea salt
  • 1/2 can pumpkin puree
  • A few tablespoons of fine sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Heat pumpkin puree in a saucepan over medium to medium-high heat on the stove. When it starts to bubble, stir occasionally until it darkens a bit. Split vanilla bean lengthwise and add the whole bean pod, the teaspoon of Pineapple Head and the heavy cream to the pumpkin puree.
  3. Bring to a simmer. Turn off heat and add a pinch of sea salt. Strain cream mixture to remove the vanilla beans.
  4. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar until well blended and color turns pale yellow.
  5. Add the cream mixture, a little at a time so you don’t wind up with scrambled eggs. Pour custard into 8 oven-proof ramekins.
  6. Place ramekins into a large roasting pan and add hot water to the roasting pan to a depth that is half the height of the ramekins.
  7. Bake until just barely set with the middle of the ramekin still a little jiggly, approximately 40-45 minutes. Remove ramekins from the roasting pan, cool, cover with plastic wrap (not touching the top of the custard) and refrigerate at least 2-3 hours, or up to 3 days.
  8. Before serving, your Creme Brûlée needs the classic “top hat” of burnt sugar. You’ll need a cooking torch for the top.
  9. But first, sprinkle a few grains of sea salt, approximately 1/2 teaspoon of Pineapple Head seasoning and approximately one teaspoon of fine sugar. The sugar on top will help prevent the cinnamon (in Pineapple Head) from burning.