Creamy, rich, and infused with the warm flavors of fall—pumpkin custard is a dessert that never fails to impress. Whether you're a seasoned home cook or a dessert enthusiast looking for your next kitchen adventure, this recipe is a must-try.

pumpkin custard recipe


Before we get started, gather the following ingredients to ensure you have everything you need:

  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preheat Your Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). This ensures that your custard will bake evenly.

2. Prepare the Pumpkin Mixture

In a large mixing bowl, combine the fresh pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt. Mix until all the spices are well incorporated into the pumpkin puree.

3. Prepare the Custard Base

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until they are well beaten. Gradually add the heavy cream, whole milk, and vanilla extract. Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth and fully combined.

4. Combine and Mix

Slowly pour the custard base into the pumpkin mixture, stirring constantly to ensure a smooth blend. Once mixed, strain the mixture through a fine sieve to remove any lumps, ensuring a silky texture.

5. Pour into Ramekins

Grease six to eight ramekins with butter or non-stick spray. Evenly divide the custard mixture among the ramekins. Place the ramekins in a large baking dish. Create a water bath by filling the baking dish with hot water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

6. Bake

Carefully transfer the baking dish to the preheated oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the custard is set but still slightly jiggly in the center. A knife inserted into the center should come out clean.

7. Cool and Chill

Remove the ramekins from the water bath and allow them to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. This helps the custard to fully set and enhances its creamy texture.

Tips for Perfect Pumpkin Custard

  • Use Fresh Pumpkin: Fresh pumpkin puree gives a more vibrant flavor compared to canned pumpkin.
  • Avoid Overbaking: Overbaking can cause the custard to crack. Keep an eye on it and remove it from the oven when it's still slightly jiggly.
  • Strain the Mixture: Straining the custard mixture ensures a silky-smooth texture by removing any potential lumps.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your pumpkin custard chilled, with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. For added flair, consider garnishing with caramel sauce, crushed pecans, or a drizzle of maple syrup.

Share Your Experience

We'd love to hear how your pumpkin custard turned out! Share your photos and feedback in the comments below, or tag us on social media with your delicious creations. Happy cooking!


Enjoy creating this delightful dessert that captures the essence of autumn in every bite.

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