Pumpkin Custard Recipe
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Pumpkin Custard Recipe

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THIS DESSERT is a refreshing departure from pumpkin pie, but it has the same good old-fashioned flavor. I like to make custard. It's a cinch to prepare even on your busiest days and especially good after a hearty holiday meal, when just a touch for the sweet tooth is all you need. -Andrea Holcomb, Torrington, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Whipped cream and ground cinnamon, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 422 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 144mg cholesterol, 410mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (55g sugars, 5g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; beat until smooth. Pour into four greased 10-oz. custard cups.
  2. Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; pour hot water around cups to a depth of 1 in. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes.
  3. For topping, combine the brown sugar, pecans and butter. Sprinkle over custard. Bake 30-35 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm or chilled; top with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin Custard in Reminisce November/December 1998, p45

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aliciakp User ID: 8958538 255806
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2016

"I don't have custard cups but have 4 oz ramekins, could I use these instead?"

bailey5918 User ID: 8619162 237446
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Super easy and really good. Great for gluten free diets. I used low fat buttermilk and it gave it a nice tangy flavor. The topping is yummy but not necessary. I had to make a second batch, it was so good. I agree...whipped cream really tops it off."

maryesch2 User ID: 8030171 23704
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"My teen boys fought over the last one. They both made a suggestion for next time: use an oatmeal topping. I just made it a second time and its better! top with whipped cream & toasted pecans ."

gouldleslie User ID: 936416 51292
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"Can't get much easier....lovely!"

spiker1 User ID: 264159 202852
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"This was amazing!"

Ilse Instructor User ID: 3401892 23703
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"As the pumpkin custard was baking, my daughter walked in and said it was "so amazing" she wanted to take it to her boyfriend's house. I had to immediately make another custard, with heavy cream instead of half-and-half. I also used cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and allspice instead of pumpkin pie spice. It's all good!"

Rosemary Swope User ID: 1654672 23701
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"Very Good"

charliegirl1324 User ID: 5480738 51291
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"it was easy to make, and I used heavy cream because that is what I had in the fridge. I took a lot longer to cook than 20 min. more like 40...maybe it was the cream. I recommend you try it! and I am only 14 and thought it was easy!"

schreiber User ID: 1569307 30834
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"To make a crustless Pumpkin pie, simply add 2 T of sifted Corn Starch to the recipe on the can per pie. Spray your 9" square pan(s), and bake as directed. It's excellent! Hint: Unsifted Corn Starch will clump in your batter."

eileenmcvea User ID: 3415689 30725
Reviewed May. 29, 2009

"what is solid pack pumpkin"

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