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    Pumpkin Crme Brle

    Serves 6
    Active: 20 min
    Total: 1 hr (plus at least 4 hr chilling)

    A small butane torch, sold especially for crme brle, makes caramelizing the sugar on the tops a snap. (Check out Bed Bath & Beyonds torch set with four ramekins; $19.99.) Once custards are brled, the hard sugar topping will hold up to 1 hour in the refrigerator.
    1 cup each heavy (whipping) cream and whole milk
    1 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin
    1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    2 tsp vanilla extract 5 large egg yolks
    1/2 cup superfine granulated sugar, plus 6 Tbsp extra for topping
    Pinch of salt

    1. Whisk cream, milk, pumpkin and spice in a medium saucepan until blended. Heat just until simmering; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
    2. Heat oven to 325F. Arrange 6 shallow -cup crme brle dishes or ramekins in a large baking pan.
    3. Put egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar and the salt in a bowl; whisk to blend. Stir into cream mixture; fill dishes in baking pan. Place in oven and add enough boiling water to pan to come halfway up sides of dishes.
    4. Bake 35 minutes or until edges of custard are set (a thin knife inserted near edges should come out clean) but centers are slightly softer. Remove pan from oven; carefully lift dishes to a wire rack to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours until cold.
    5. Blot tops of custards dry with paper towel. Working with 1 custard at a time, sprinkle 1 Tbsp of the remaining sugar evenly over custard to cover, gently moving dish from side to side to disperse sugar into an even layer. Using a small butane torch, heat sugar until melted and caramelized. Repeat with remaining custards. Let stand a few minutes for sugar to harden.

    Tip: If you dont have a torch, put the ramekins an inch under the broiler for 20 seconds to harden sugar.

    Per serving: 339 cal, 5 g pro, 36 g car, 1 g fiber, 20 g fat (11 g sat fat), 237 mg chol, 67 mg sod

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