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Elderly Care Recipes: Pumpkin Custard

Elderly Care in North Raleigh, NC

Pumpkin Spice‚ÄčThe fall is finally here and that means one thing: pumpkin is everywhere. From the coffee shops to the bakery, virtually every type of food imaginable is showing up in its autumnal best and featuring pumpkin incarnations at this time of year. While this is a delicious way to get into the seasonal spirit, it is also a great way to boost nutrition and encourage your aging loved ones to eat healthier even while indulging.

This recipe is the perfect way to add some decadence to your elderly care routine without having to feel too guilty about it. A truly tasty and impressive dessert, this custard contains real pumpkin, which means that you are not just eating something smooth, creamy, and full of sweet pumpkin spice flavor. You are also getting a good dose of a variety of vitamins and minerals as well as dietary fiber.

Distributing the custard into individual custard cups means you automatically have portion control. You can also customize each portion to the person’s tastes, adding whipped cream, extra cinnamon, or even chocolate shavings according to their tastes. Make them for a special dessert to enjoy with your parents after dinner, or prepare them ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator so that your parents can have a treat with their referred caregiver.

What You Will Need

  • 1 can of solid packed pumpkin, or 15 ounces of fresh mashed pumpkin
  • 1 cup of half and half cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream
  • Two large bowls
  • Beater
  • Four 10 oz. custard cups
  • 13 inch x 9 inch baking pan
  • Hot water

What to Do

  • In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, half and half, eggs, 2/3 cup of brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt
  • Beat the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and easy to pour
  • Pour into the four greased 10 oz. custard cups
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the custard cups in the baking pan
  • Pour the hot water around the cups until it is 1 inch deep
  • Put the baking sheet in the preheated oven
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • Combine the brown sugar, pecans and butter in the second large bowl
  • Sprinkle the pecan mixture over the custard
  • Bake again for another 30 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of a custard comes out clean
  • Serve warm or chilled
  • Optionally, you can top the custard with the whipped cream and cinnamon
  • If storing, cover and place in a refrigerator

Modified from this recipe.

Special Tip: Rather than baking your custard in small dishes, pour into prepared graham cracker crusts and bake, still using the water bath technique, to create a unique variation on a pumpkin pie.

If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Raleigh, NC, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (919) 229-8944