This super simple dessert certainly sounds elegant and refined. When you are going to indulge go big or go home. The unusual addition of the chocolate combines a fudgy bottom that mixes perfectly with the pumpkin flavor.
Ready In: 1 hr 10 mins
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Yields: 6 Servings
- 1/3 box chocolate wafers (approx. 16 cookies)
- 2 T butter (melted)
- 2 T crystallized ginger
- 1 pint Stonyfield Organic Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1/2 c Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk
- 3/4 c pumpkin purée
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t nutmeg
- 1/2 t ground ginger
- 1/4 t ground cloves
- 5 egg yolks
- 3 T sugar
Process wafers and 1 tbsp. crystallized ginger in a food processor until fine crumbs. Add butter and process again until mixed.
Press a heaping tbsp. of the crumb mixture into each of the 6, 8oz oven proof containers (I used jelly jars) and press down with a spoon.
Save remaining crumbs and additional tbsp. of crystallized ginger for garnish.
Pot de Creme
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix together the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves in a small bowl.
Heat 1 ¼ cup whipping cream and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Do not let boil. When the mixture begins to steam, remove from heat and whisk in the pumpkin puree and 1¼ tsp of the spice mixture and vanilla. (the remaining spice is for the whipped cream).
Using a mixer, whip the yolks and sugar in a separate bowl until they become pale yellow and thick, approx. 4 minutes.
Add the warm pumpkin mixture in a slow steady stream to the egg yolks. Whisk continuously to combine and then whisk for an additional minute.
Carefully fill your jelly jars ¾ full. Place the six baking containers into a roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with hot water to come up ½ way on the jelly jars. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 30-40minutes. The center will be slightly jiggly.
Let cool for 1 hour and place overnight in the fridge. They can be made ahead several days.
Whip remaining ¾ c. Stonyfield Organic Whipping Cream until forms stiff peaks. Add in remaining spice mixture. Place a generous dollop on each desert and garnish with crystallized ginger and cookie crumbs. Serve immediately and enjoy.