We used jack-be-littles, but any type of small pumpkin can be used in this recipe.
- 6 small pumpkins (about 1/2 pound each)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup firmly packed dark-brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree, or canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Puff-Pastry Leaves
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut tops off pumpkins; scoop out and discard seeds. In a small bowl, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle inside pumpkins, and replace pumpkin tops. Place on a baking sheet, and bake until tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool.
Combine brown sugar and cornstarch in a large heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Add half-and-half, egg yolks, molasses, and salt; cook, whisking constantly, until mixture starts to thicken. Add the water in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Stir in pumpkin puree; cook until very thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool slightly.
When ready to serve, whip cream to soft peaks. Serve pudding in baked pumpkins topped with whipped cream and garnished with puff pastry leaves, if desired.