“The proof is in the pudding.”

Well, the above quote makes no sense unless you’re a person who hides things in pudding.  Actually, the above phrase began as the proof of the pudding is in the eating, or some such thing that meant you can’t judge a food without eating it.  We knew that.

Another confusing item on the agenda is that this recipe is really for pumpkin custard, but I couldn’t say “the proof is in the custard” without confusing even myself.  Let’s just get on with the recipe, which came about because I had some canned pumpkin in the fridge, which came about because I heard that pumpkin is good for pets.

Fortunately our pets (cats) turned their collective noses up at the pumpkin and so I was able to create this amazing dessert (my opinion) for my husband.  Whatever.


14 ounces canned pumpkin, NOT the pumpkin pie concoction

14 ounces heavy cream

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 t cinnamon

1 t vanilla extract

1 T gelatin powder, that would be one of those little envelopes of Knox

1/4 cup room temp water


Place the water and gelatin in a bowl so the gelatin can dissolve.  Just sprinkle the powder on top of the water and let it sit there.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a sauce pan, whisk it all together, and heat it on a medium heat until it is just about to simmer.  Remove it from the heat.

Whisk in the softened gelatin and put the custard into ramekins or some sort of small cups.  Fill them to the top.  The reason for filling them to the top is because you’re going to want to cover the ramekins with plastic wrap.  The plastic wrap should sit right on top of the custard.  Then the custard won’t form a skin on top.  Aren’t you the clever one.

custard pan

A look inside my fridge!  Pumpkin custard in ramekins, ramekins in a pan, and the entire montage covered with plastic wrap.  Waiting for everything to set.

Once the custard is set you can do something pretty with it.  Then your loved one will never know that you were simply getting rid of pumpkin that the cats wouldn’t eat.

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He liked it!

I took the other ramekins and covered them individually with plastic wrap and put them into the freezer.  Frozen custard on the way.  Oh happy day!

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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