Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pumpkin Flans No Gorgonzola

Ok. Call me a coward but, I just could not put gorgonzola cheese in my pumpkin flans. When I first saw this recipe, it kind of turned me off. I guess I just can't think of pumpkin flan being savory. I decided to change this recipe a bit. I added a little brown sugar and nutmeg to the pumpkin mixture. I still put the walnuts on top with a sprinkle of nutmeg. I did not make these sweet…only 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. I also used fresh pumpkin that I had cooked down. I think that may be the reason for them not having a very strong pumpkin flavor. My flans looked great but tasted..eeh!  My husband ate one but, did not ask for seconds.  Me, I thought they were ok. They tasted a bit eggy and didn't have the flavor I expected. I will probably eat the rest for breakfast.  I wish now that I had been true to the recipe.  But honestly…..I would not like them here or there, I would not like them anywhere, not in a house, not with a mouse…... 













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14 comments:

  1. Love the end of your post! Funny! Nice substitutions you made.

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  2. They look great and I love your little rhyme. Okay, I am very nervous about making these - you even went to the trouble of cooking your own pumpkin, and had the same reaction as most FFwDers who have made this. I like your substitutions

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  3. Or eaten by a louse! They look beautiful but I get it. If Bill didn't ask for 2nd's they must have had an odd flavor. Good for you trying these things. The pictures do look good enough to eat however!

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  4. I thought they were too eggy as well. Probably not something I'll make again, but maybe it's a nice idea to make little pies in ramekins.

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  5. I was not ture to this recipe either, but I new my family would not for the cheese. They look good sorry there not a fav.

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  6. I thought these little flans were beautiful and looked so appetizing...but I will make them again...but like little pumpkin pies...with sweet and spices and everything nice. I guess I'm not into savory pumpkin... always looks good, but just needs to taste like pie.

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  7. I thought the flan part was a bit bland...wondering what spices would make it super yummy. I think you were on the right path.

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  8. they look delicious - great colors!

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  9. Would you like them in the end? :) I'm skipping this recipe because I don't even like pumpkin pie!

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  10. Great job! I was nervous about the cheese too and had to talk myself in to it :)

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  11. I really enjoyed these. I don't know why so many have a hard time with savory pumpkin. Would you add brown sugar to pumpkin soup? lol. Anyway, I'm glad you were creative. I sometimes forget that I'm allowed to tweak on these assignments!
    Trevor Sis. Boom.

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  12. I was never quite able to put my finger on what I didn't care for with these...it wasn't that they were savory...it was deeper than that. I was looking for a flavor I wasn't finding that would compliment the main flavors. I simply thought of the dish as a squash flan...we eat a lot of squash and don't anticipate it being sweet necessarily. It's so in-between it either needs more sweet or more savor-something! I think you would have had to roast your pumpkin for the depth of flavor to be similar.

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  13. I'm making these on Wednesday and am planning on roasting a pumpkin in anticipation. I really hope they're a hit, not a miss. Yours do look perfect; sorry the taste didn't measure up.

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  14. Thank you, everyone for the very nice comments and for taking time to stop by and visit. I have been checking out all your wonderful blogs and I am totally impressed and enjoying all of them. This has been a stretch for me. I have always had a passion for baking and cooking and to be able to share it with so many talented people is an extra bonus I did not anticipate!

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