Pumpkin Cognac Crème Brûlée


Pumpkin Cognac Crème Brûlée


Makes 8 servings


3 cups whipping cream
6 large egg yolks
1/2 cup plus2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for brûlée topping
1/2 cup plus3 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons cognac (substitute rum or brandy, if desired)


Preheat oven to 325°. Place 8 (6-ounce) ramekins or custard cups in a heavy-duty roasting pan.

Heat whipping cream to just under a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat (I usually do this in a double boiler to ensure that the cream doesn’t scald). Remove from heat.

Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl, whisking together just until smooth. Gradually whisk in hot cream.  It’s important to do this gradually, you don’t want the cream to curdle or the egg yolks to cook into lumps. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher.

Divide custard evenly among ramekins. Fill pan with hot water to a depth of 1 inch. Cover with aluminum foil, crimping around edges of pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until custard is barely set and jiggles when shaken. Remove ramekins from water bath, let cool, and chill 3 hours or up to 3 days.  Make sure they’re cooled completely before putting them in the fridge – they’ll form condensation over they’re still a tad warm.  If they do form condensation, not to worry, just pat them lightly with a paper towel to absorb the moisture before the next step.

Remove from refrigerator. Sprinkle surface of each custard evenly with 1 scant tablespoon sugar. Caramelize sugar with a kitchen blowtorch, moving flame quickly back and forth across custard (this is the fun part!). Let cool 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

Note: If you don’t have a kitchen blowtorch, broil 3 inches from heat 2 to 3 minutes or until sugar caramelizes.  Watch it closely, though, it can burn and you don’t want the custard to have a chance to heat up, either.

For a nonalcoholic version of this dish, simply leave out the cognac; you’ll lose depth of flavor, but the custard will cook the same. Do not substitute pie filling for the canned pumpkin and spices. Prep: 15 minutes; Bake: 45 minutes; Chill: 3 hours.

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1 Darlene January 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

I love the pumpkin cognac creme brulee. This is prefect on weekend as one of my gift to my aunt’s birthday. I love the color and the moist.
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2 Nicholle Olores January 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Wow, it looks yummy and delicious! The recipe is there but I don’t know how to make it. I will share it to my Grand Mom and I will get the recipe too. This is truly perfect for weekends!
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3 Megan from pressure cleaning sydney February 16, 2012 at 3:34 am

It is so delicious!This is also good for those who want to eat vegies w/o too much ingredients :D


4 Marissa February 20, 2012 at 3:23 am

I will definitely try this…healthy but delicious! I will probably put rum instead of cognac. Thanks! :)


5 Andrea from Best Hand Truck February 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

Stacy’s random thoughts is one of the best blog site that i really wanted to follow.Keep out the good work bloggers !


6 BJ August 13, 2012 at 4:34 am

My partner has never been a big pumpkin lover, Stacy, yet I’ve always loved it! I think this might just be the recipe to win her over with! Yum! Thanks for sharing! :)


7 Darcy September 23, 2012 at 5:57 am

I am pumpkin lover and am ALWAYS looking for new ways to enjoy it! This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks, Stacy!


8 Romana Adams October 6, 2012 at 7:23 am

Wow, surprisingly I never knew this.I have been reading your blog a lot over the past few days and it has earned a place in my bookmarks.Thanks for sharing with us.


9 Svetlana Koslov October 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

Since it’s October I guess everything-pumpkin will grow and popularity and this is the first I’ve heard of for making use of pumpkins..Can’t wait to try out this Pumpkin Cognac Crème Brûlée on Sunday.
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10 Neha Dobriyal February 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Wow!!!! Thanx for this great recipe, I’ll definitely try it on Valentines Day .. Thanx a lot :)


11 Akhilesh Dabral February 5, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Thanx for Recipe.. I mostly don’t cook, but after reading this post … I’ll talk to my mum to cook this for me ;) … Thanx a lot :)


12 Phil October 16, 2012 at 5:57 am

My mum used to make a pumpkin pie when i was a kid but i dont think she used any cognac in it, sounds delisious


13 Julia November 26, 2012 at 2:17 am

I wanted to try this pumpkin recipe. Usually I used pumpkin for our main dish with some meat and maybe I could try pumpkin for dessert.


14 Giftblooms December 5, 2012 at 2:30 am

I really enjoy to read this pumpkin recipe.I try at home and really the taste of this recipe is awesome…
Thank u…


15 John December 20, 2012 at 1:54 am

Creme brule is my favorite desert! and I love pumpkin. I have tried many recipes before but yours is one of the best I have ever tried for sure! Many thanks for sharing this recipe.



16 Devacharya December 28, 2012 at 4:55 am

I really like pumpkin. I try this recipe to my house and yes it is delicious taste..
Thanks for sharing us


17 Ann January 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

i so much love this fruit
i wanted to introduce it to my family but no one agrees its a nice fruit


18 chris January 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

please where can i get this fruit???…i have eaten it just once and i liked it
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19 Niru February 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

Wow… its Awesome .. I like Pumpkin very Much.. Thanks a lot.
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20 Dream Baths February 27, 2013 at 12:57 am

Thanks for sharing it looks great to me!


21 Alena February 28, 2013 at 11:02 am

I have tried to make this for first time and It was nothing but awesome.. Thank you ..
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22 Lily March 3, 2013 at 1:29 am

Planning on trying your recipe this weekend. I sure hope that it turns and tastes as good as yours.
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23 sachi March 5, 2013 at 8:06 am

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I want this from so many days and you make it easy for me


24 Jia March 13, 2013 at 6:51 am

Loved your recipe, just the other day I had tried it out.
You recipe really gave birth to a new food.
Loved the new food.
Keep posting more receipes.
Thanks again…


25 Alena March 21, 2013 at 6:29 am

I love the Pumpkin and it was a delicious Item that I eat for first time. Thank you for share,
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26 Jan March 22, 2013 at 7:47 pm

yummmm… looks delicious! thanks…..
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27 Dravis A. April 10, 2013 at 6:46 am

Thanks for the Recipe!! I’ll have guests on friday and I thought I should cook this for them! :D

Thanks you so much,
Dravis A.


28 Anne Lim May 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. It looks really delicious. I will definitely try this. I will surprise my mom with this on mother’s day. I am sure she will love this :)
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29 Nikki Tan May 14, 2013 at 1:34 am

I want to try this pumpkin recipe. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely try this. It looks really yummy! I am sure my little cousins will love this.


30 Akshay May 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I really Love the Pumpkin and It is a very nice to see that you are making a delicious item from it. Reading it for first time and exited to make it and taste it.
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31 ami from Best Out of Waste July 31, 2013 at 8:23 am

Hey ,
I have tried to make this for first time and It was nothing but awesome.. Thank you ..
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32 Jane Vestil December 17, 2013 at 12:28 am

What a great way to serve vegetables especially for children. I have a 4 year old niece that dislikes pumkin. Maybe she’ll love this one. Picture looks very appetizing.
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33 aarushi January 6, 2014 at 11:15 pm

great post .i love pumpkin .I want to try this pumpkin recipe. thanks for sharing these awesome article.


34 Deborah January 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

Okay, wow – this just looks amazing. I’m making this TONIGHT after work! LOL


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35 Brisbane House Cleaners January 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Great recipe. Cant wait to try it our. Never thought of something like this for sweetness


36 Raviraj March 10, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I love any thing made up of pumpkin, was searching for dishes that can be made of pumpkin and I ended up here. Thanks for sucha good explanation .Trying ryt now, will post back how it was
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37 Hitesh Kumar April 22, 2014 at 6:36 am

A great dish and its very easy to make n really its so tasty. thanks for sharing your article on this dish.


38 Mothers Day 2014 May 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Nice.. I will definitely try this…healthy but delicious! I will probably put rum instead of cognac. Thanks for sharing this idea..


39 Packaging & Filling May 9, 2014 at 10:04 pm

I love to eat recipe which was made with pumpkin because pumpkin is my favorite. Here you shared a good dish which is looking yummy. Thanks for sharing this dish with making procedure and I’ll make this at my home. Keep sharing such a nice dishes.


40 Nimesh June 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Thanks for the recipe, Hoping to try on Sunday.
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41 Steve meter June 11, 2014 at 6:19 am

Thanks for the recipe – it looks yummy