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Party Pumpkin Custards with Cinnamon Spiked Whipped Cream and Belgian Almond Crisps

Delicious Party Pumpkin Custards with Cinnamon Spiked Whipped Cream and Belgian Almond Crisps (Serves 12 Costs $6.00* for main ingredients).

 

It is no coincidence that the majority of my dessert recipes
tend to be flourless,custards,mouses and pies. There is a reason for that…
while I am known for being a creative talented chef. I cannot bake to save my
life. It’s too much with the measuring and the separating. It’s just too time
consuming and there’s little room for creativity. The chemistry I think is too
restricting so I have subconsciously and consciously made the decision that I
just can’t do it. ( But I really just can’t be bothered).

So this weekend between Turkey day and my high School 
Reunion my home will be inundated with guests. I have over 12 invitations to
various parties etc and several have requested that people just bring a dessert
and while I believe that booze is the best dessert I will concede and bring a
sweet yummy!…

For my dessert I wanted to do something that has the fall
feeling but looks fresh and wont completely steer me off course with my eternal
diet…

About two weeks ago my friend Michael turned me onto Belgian
Butter cookies. They are like Shortbread’s skinnier less fat cousin! And I was
playing around with making some type of a small dessert that I could use that
cookie as a base for…along the lines of an amuse bouche but slightly
bigger.   Well I went back to buy more inspiration(because I had
polished off an entire box) and they were sold out of the regular Belgian
butter cookiesL, But they did have
an almond version! One bite on this salty savory sweet almond confection and I
immediately saw a pumpkin custard with a cinnamon whipped cream topped off with
one of these delicious crisps. So off to the market I went to get the rest of
the ingredients to try the idea out. I ran down to Crosby’s Market in Salem.
And for less than $6.00 I bought one box of the almond cookies one can of
pumpkin , whipping cream and fat free condensed sweet milk! This recipe
 literally takes three minutes to whip together and then just bakes for 30
min. It serves 12 people!*less than 50 cents a person! (if you have the other
ingredients on hand) and you can make it up to a week in advance (just freeze
if you are going to pre make and thaw 1 hour before serving)I used a silicon
heart shaped muffin baker A great trick is to cool in freezer for at least 1
hour and then the custards pop right out and retain their shape. Make the
whipped cream just before serving…and then top with the almond butter cookie.



Ingredients
Custard:

4 eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 Tbsp pumpkin spice

1 small can fat free sweet condensed milk

1 box Belgian
Almond Butter Crisps.

Cinnamon Whipped
Cream:

Heavy whipping
cream tsp. Vanilla and cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350
degrees .Set aside the cookies and chill the cream. Lightly butter (or use
non-fat vegetable spray) a muffin tin that makes 12 muffins.. In a large bowl,
beat eggs slightly; add sugar, pumpkin, salt, pumpkin spice and beat until Bake
25 to 30 minutes or until set around the edges but still loose in the center.
back regularly. When the center of the custard is just set, it will jiggle a
little when shaken, that's when you can remove it Remove from oven cool on wire
rack until room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least
2 hours or up to a week. Just before serving whip the heavy cream and vanilla
and plate the custards top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon and
top with an almond crisp.

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Jennifer Fitzgerald November 19, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Me.? Dessert? I love it! I'm obsessed with desserts! I bought a can of pumpkin to make a pie, forget that, I love anything custard and this price is amazing to make this! I can't wait, I'm making this tonight for a Dancing with the stars snack! lol Then I'll share some tomorrow with family. lol Yummy! Awesome recipe Jade! :-)
Michelle Thor November 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM
How do you do it? Once again Jade you have out done yourself. I cannot wait to go home and try this recipe. Bravo Bravo
Elaine Sherriff November 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Sounds delicious ! ! The best part is simple and not time consuming. I'll buy 2 pkg. of cookies. One to have with afternoon tea on chilly days. Thanks Jade, Elaine
Susan Fitzgerald November 20, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Jade I love the story behind the dessert! You have inspired me to make it for Thanksgiving. Thank you, Sue
Karen Doros November 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Jade.............Thankyou for that great recipe! OMG It was a hit at Thanksgiving! The kids loved it and begged for more! So easy to make and delicious!!!!!!!! Cannot wait for your next idea! Karen Doros

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