Rating: 4 stars
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Cayenne pepper is the unexpected ingredient that gives this not-so-traditional pumpkin custard its added kick! Enjoy it as is for a fat-free treat or add a little whipped cream (the real stuff, please) for a more indulgent dessert.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
45 mins
4 hrs 55 mins
6 hrs
6 custard cups


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place 6 custard cups in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Bring a kettle of water to the boil.

  • Combine the brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cayenne pepper, vanilla extract, orange juice, and lightly beaten egg whites in a mixing bowl. Stir in the pumpkin and evaporated milk until well blended.

  • Carefully ladle the custard into each cup, dividing the mixture evenly. Pour boiling water around the cups to a depth of at least 1 inch. Bake the custards in the preheated oven until a knife inserted into the center of the custard comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

  • Carefully remove the pan from the oven; allow to cool. Remove the custard cups from the water bath and cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate before serving. Serve garnished with a tablespoon of real whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

161 calories; protein 7.9g; carbohydrates 26.1g; fat 3.2g; cholesterol 12.6mg; sodium 281.8mg. Full Nutrition