Spiced With Cinnamon, Cloves & Ginger . . .
This pumpkin custard is the fall edition of our beloved coconut custard, a deeply satisfying staple in our home. Rich and subtly sweet, this dish also contains immune boosting marrow, wholesome fats, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, B-Vitamins, Vitamin K and Vitamin A.
If you love pumpkin pie but are looking for something a little different this year, grab a spoon, a cup of chai, and give this recipe a whirl. Gorgeous view of changing leaves swirling in the wind optional but recommended. 🙂
Pumpkin Spice Custard With Marrow Infusion
- 1 small pie pumpkin
- 6 pastured eggs
- ½ cup grass-fed beef bone marrow (about 2 lbs of bones)
- ¾ cups coconut milk (substitute raw milk or cream for a decadent texture - raw cream is not readily available in my area, but fortunately the marrow imparts a similar quality)
- 1 tbsp homemade pumpkin pie spice (or 2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, and 1/4 tsp ground cloves)
- ½ tsp unrefined sea salt
- ½ - ¾ cup maple syrup or raw honey (to taste)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut -pumpkin in half and scoop out seeds.
- Place pumpkin halves cut side down in a baking dish and add 1/4 inch water. Remove from the oven when you can easily pierce the shell with a fork (about 45 minutes - 1 hour)
- While the pumpkin is baking, bring marrow bones to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. When the marrow is ready, scoop the bones out with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl to drain. After they've cooled a bit use a butter knife to extract the marrow. Place it in a small bowl.
- Spoon marrow - but not the oil that has collected at the bottom of the bowl - in with the eggs, milk/coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and honey. Puree until smooth.
- When the pumpkin is cooked through, scoop out the flesh and add it to the egg mixture. Blend until smooth.
- Place mixture in ramekins or a large oven-safe dish and bake at 375. Custard placed in small ramekins should be ready in about 35-45 minutes. Large casserole dishes take about 45-minutes to an hour. Watch carefully and remove when it is set in the center.
- Serve with whipped cream if desired.
More Delicious Pumpkin Recipes
- Easy Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal With Vanilla Glaze – Infused with warming spices, sweetened with pure maple syrup, and drizzled with vanilla glaze, this baked pumpkin oatmeal is easy to make and so satisfying.
- Pumpkin Spice Latte – Pumpkin is basically the official flavor of fall, and who are we to argue with that? This recipe is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it.
- Pumpkin Spice Granola – If you miss breakfast cereal, this easy granola is delicious with milk, almond milk, or oat milk. It also makes a great on-the-go snack.
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I loved your Sweet Bone Marrow Custard recipe you shared on Nourished Kitchen. That was my first time using bone marrow! I can’t wait to make this variation… it sounds perfect for fall.
HiHi! How do you do the marrow thing? what kinds of bones and then you just scoop out the inside after boiled? I’ve never considered eating marrow but know the dogs loves it!!!!
Hi Sarah! You just boil some beef marrow bones and then scoop out the center when it’s soft. Easy peasy!
Can you use the marrow left in the bones after making beef stock, or have all the nutrients been leached out by that point? Thanks!
This sounds delicious – can you post a video or explain more about how to use the bone marrow. Thank you so much!
It’s very, very simple. Once they’re boiled the marrow practically slides out.
I was wondering that, too. Ia it the same as a beef soup bone? Seems like you have something else in mind.
Ok sounds simple but what are beef marrow bones? Do you buy them specially? All we eat is steak so i dont know what kind of beef i would need to buy! Sorry for the stupid question!
Marrow bones are usually the long bones.. think femur bones. or if you make osso bucco thats marrow in the bone of the roast. you can ask your butcher for “Marrow” bones as opposed to knuckle bones which have a lot more yummy cartilage for thick gelatinous broth. But when in doubt look for femur bones. Hope that helps. My kids love the marrow straight from the oven after I roast the bones for making broth.
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Ok.. just finished my second piece. Delicious! My one year old is grabbing for the plate. Daddy and 3 year old are sleeping and will have to try it in the morning. I am sure they will love it. YUM Yum. Now to coach our chickens to start laying more!
Thank you for this comment, Leah! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know that kids are going to grow up loving bone marrow because their mamas found creative ways to introduce it. 🙂
Oh my gosh. I am so excited to make this.
What kind of flavor do the marrow bones add? Will the custard have a slightly beefy flavor???
They don’t really have much flavor. They remind me of cream only not as sweet.
Just pulled my pumpkin out of the oven! So excited to finish making this. Just wanted to say that I was unsure of where to find marrow bones, so I asked the farmers we usually buy pork/chicken from at a local farmers market (we buy bulk beef elsewhere). It turns out they, and other local farmers, sell meatless marrow-filled bones as “dog bones” for about fifty cents a pound. Though the bones are perfectly fine for human consumption, the farmers consider them just a by product, so we got them pretty cheap. So if anyone is uncertain where to get extra marrow bones, this may be a good place to start!
Could you tell me how much one recipe serves? I’m cooking pumpkins and draining my marrow as we speak…
Hello! Can the bone barrow be omitted or are there any substitutes? I fully intended on making this WITH the bone marrow, but I have everything else to make it right now! 🙂 thank you!
Do you have a measurement for how much flesh the pumpkin should yield? Because realistically, I’ll probably be using boxed pumpkin puree 🙂
I have the same question. I think I’ll try one can. I’m hoping that will do it. Has anyone else tried canned?
What if I can’t get marrow bones? Is it okay to use that Great Lakes can of collagen powder?
So, would this recipe work if you just left out the marrow? Would you add more egg, or cream?