I collect pots de crème, and have for years. While I haven’t really counted them, I think there must 50 or more in our china closet. This recipe, a deconstructed pumpkin pie with crystallized ginger and rum, is a fun and delicious way to show off the collection. If you don’t have pots de crème, use wine glasses or ramekins. I also use the same filling for my Rum Pumpkin Tart.

Rum Pumpkin Pots de Crème

(From “Fresh Tastes from A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®” by Lee Clayton Roper)



  • 20 gingersnap cookies
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon chopped crystallized ginger
  • 7 tablespoons good quality golden or dark rum, divided
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin powder
  • 7 1/2 ounces (about 1 cup) pumpkin purée (can use canned)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • Zest from 1/2 large navel orange
  • 5/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons vanilla, divided
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream, divided


  1. In a heavy-duty plastic zip top bag, crush the gingersnap cookies with a rolling pin or meat mallet (don’t smash into fine crumbs; cookie pieces should be around 1/2-inch in size).
  2. Divide cookie pieces evenly in the bottom of each pots de crème.
  3. Sprinkle evenly with chopped crystallized ginger.
  4. Measure out 1/4 cup of the rum and set aside. Sprinkle remaining rum over the cookies and ginger (around 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons per cup). Set aside.
  5. Put the reserved 1/4 cup rum in the top of a double boiler (don’t put it over simmering water yet). Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let soften for about 8 to 10 minutes (it will start to solidify but that’s okay).
  6. While the gelatin softens, in a large mixing bowl whisk together the pumpkin, egg yolk, brown sugar, 1/4 cup sugar, orange zest, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg and 3/4 teaspoon of the vanilla.
  7. Place top of double boiler with rum mixture over simmering water and heat just until the gelatin melts (the rum will be clear). Whisk into the pumpkin mixture.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, whisk 3/4 cup of the whipping cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; fold into pumpkin mixture.
  9. Carefully spoon into pots de crème; smooth the top.
  10. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the remaining 1 cup whipping cream, remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla, and remaining 3/8 teaspoon cinnamon until stiff peaks form.
  11. Pipe or spoon onto top of pots de crème.
  12. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Make ahead: Can be made up to 24 hours in advance, covered and refrigerated.


  • Serving Size: 10


Lee Clayton Roper


I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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