Pumpkin Spice Pudding with Gingersnaps – Individual Desserts

This pumpkin spice pudding was a big hit with participants at one of my Winter Squash Workshops. We all thought this dessert could easily replace pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Spice Pudding

Also read: Pumpkin and Spice Scones, Pumpkin and Spice Steamers or Lattes, How to Make Pumpkin or Squash Puree

The only thing we couldn’t decide was what to name this dreamy dessert.

Name it according to ingredients:  Kabocha Squash Pudding with Gingersnaps and Spiced Whipped Cream

Name it according to what it reminds us of: Squash Trifle

Name it according to something people might understand: Pumpkin Spice Pudding with Gingersnaps

Make up a completely random name: Sex in a Jar

And now you know why it’s called Pumpkin Spice Pudding with Gingersnaps!

Pumpkin Spice Pudding

What’s In Pumpkin Spice Pudding?

It’s a classic homemade milk pudding (milk, cornstarch, egg yolks, sugar) with the addition of squash and pie spice. To garnish I added crushed gingersnaps in the bottom, a dollop of real whipped cream, a dash of pie spice and half a gingersnap cookie. I used store bought gingersnap cookies – so easy and convenient. But if you have a killer gingersnap recipe like my friend Randi or Jane (who refuses to share her recipe), I suggest you use homebaked cookies.

Pumpkin Spice Pudding

Can I Make this Dessert Ahead?

Yes, absolutely! The pudding and whipped cream can be made a couple of days in advance. You can even assemble most of it in advance, especially if you’re serving it in individual dishes like I’ve shown. Yes, you can just make one big beautiful bowl.

At first I was concerned that the gingersnap cookies would soften at the bottom of the jar. And they do, but they’re really good that way! So go for it. The only thing I would save until serving time is adding the whipped cream, dash of spice and final half cookie. It’ll look nice and fresh and the top cookie will be crispy. It’s also very quick and easy to do.

Pumpkin Spice Pudding
The cookie on the bottom is soft and delicious.

Recipe for Pumpkin Spice Pudding with Gingersnaps

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Pumpkin Spice Pudding with Gingersnaps

A delicious, creamy pudding dessert that's perfect for Thanksgiving or any other autumn dinner. Can be made in advance in individual serving dishes.
Cook : 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 9

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups milk see note below
  • 1 1/2 tsp pie spice see below for alternative
  • 1 cup squash puree see note below
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 12 gingersnap cookies includes spares
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1 tsp pie spice

Instructions

  • Mix brown sugar, cornstarch and pie spice in medium sized pot. Stir well to remove all lumps.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup milk to completely dissolve cornstarch.
  • Stir well while adding remainder of milk, squash and egg yolks.
  • Cook mixture on medium high heat stirring continually until it thickens and begins to bubble. Do not boil hard. Lower heat and cook for one more minute. It will thicken and look unevenly lumpy, keep stirring.
  • Strain mixture through a fine sieve to remove any lumps and larger pieces of squash.
  • Add butter and cool for 10 minutes before assembling in final dish.
  • Or let cool and cover with plastic wrap pushed onto the surface of the pudding. Store in fridge for up to 4 or 5 days. The wrap prevents a crust from forming.
  • Makes 3 cups.

To assemble

  • Use a large knife to carefully cut gingersnap cookies in half. Some will crumble completely - hence the extras!
  • Crumble half a cookie in the bottom of each individual dish.
  • Layer with 1/3 cup of pudding (for 9 individual servings)
  • Add about 11/2 tablespoon of whipped cream to each.
  • Sprinkle with a light dusting of pie spice.
  • Garnish with remaining half of gingersnap cookie.
  • For one giant dessert, crumble gingersnaps in bottom of a 9x9 inch pan, top with pudding and garnish with remaining cookies, whipped cream and pie spice.

Notes

The higher the per cent fat in your milk, the creamier and richer this pudding will taste. I used 1% milk because it's what we have on hand and it was delicious.
To substitute for pie spice use 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger powder, 1/8 tsp nutmeg and a hint of powdered cloves.
You can use puree from a variety of winter squash like pumpkin, kabocha, butternut, buttercup or hubbard. If your puree is very liquidy, drain it before using
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin, thanksgiving, winter squash

Can This Be Made Dairy & Egg Free?

I have not tried making this dairy or egg free, but it could work. I would try substituting the milk with whole coconut milk – you definitely want some fat for the creamy texture.

The role of the eggs in this dish is to add smooth creaminess and to help set the pudding. Without eggs you’re relying on the strength of the cornstarch to give the pudding shape and body. It’s doable, but the texture will change a little bit.

I wonder if you could modify this avocado pudding into an avocado/squash pumpkin pie pudding? If you try this, let me know!

Pumpkin Spice Pudding

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