Wasn't quite sure which catagory to post this under. Since I don't have a blowtorch, think this is a nice variation of creme brulee, without singing your eyebrows. How about a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side
Pumpkin Flan with Brown Sugar Crust
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
2/3 cup granulated sugar
Dash of salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Sprinkle the bottom of 8 half-cup ramekins or other single-serving size baking dishes with half of the brown sugar.
In a mixer, beat the eggs. Add pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, salt and cinnamon. Stir in the milk, cream and vanilla extract.
Pour mixture into baking dishes. Set baking dishes into a large baking pan. Fill the pan with water so that it reaches halfway up the sides of the flan dishes. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven.
Remove flans from water or they will continue to cook. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes. You can prepare the flan up to this point ahead of time, even the day before. Refrigerate.
Heat oven to broil. Sprinkle the flans with the remaining brown sugar and pop under broiler for a couple of minutes or until nicely browned. Serves 8.