With all of the hub-bub over blogjail, I completely overlooked my regularly scheduled program, Cooking with Bradley. I plan to make pumpkin custard soon, but in case I don't get photos out, you can try the recipe of my own devising. (Sorry, Mr Pudding, you'll just have to adapt the recipe to metric measurements.) In the meantime, here is a stock photo that looks remarkably akin to my finished product:
If you are interested in trying this recipe, do not, under any circumstances,
get intimidated by the water bath used for custards. If you have a lasagna sized
pan and a liquid measuring cup with a spout, it is pretty easy to give the
custards a bath without burning yourself in the process.
1 cup milk (with some fat in it)
1 cup cooked, pureed pumpkin (canned is easiest)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon maple syrup (preferably Grade B)
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
(feel free to substitute spices, but use them in small amounts)
1) Heat milk until just steaming.
2) Beat eggs, then add pumpkin, maple syrup and spices. Blend until just mixed.
3) Add heated milk slowly, stirring.
4) Add vanilla
5) Pour into four medium sized custard cups.
6) Place four cups in a lasagna sized baking dish. Do not let the cups touch the
sides of the baking dish or each other.
7) Place the baking dish with cups into the oven, preheated to 325 degrees
Fahrenheit. While the oven door is open, pour water inside the baking dish until
it comes up to the sides of the custard cups ½ way (at least). A glass measuring cup with a spout works just fine.
8) Bake 40-50 minutes. The middles of the custards should be slightly jiggly but not sloshy.
9) Cool completely and refrigerate or eat at room temperature.
Join me next week, when I will be cooking with special guest, Chef Pudding. Chef Pudding will be my sous chef, as I, Bradley the Gorilla, am always the top chef in the kitchen. Watch in amazement as Chef Pudding obeys my every command! Watch how I switch from English measures to Metric measures and back again without missing a beat while Chef Pudding frantically looks for the metric conversion charts in The Joy of Cooking. Join us in the finale, when outraged beyond belief, Chef Pudding throws a fit AND a bowlful of batter at yours truly. You won't want to miss anything on the next installment of Cooking with Bradley.