This month for French Fridays with Dorie, it was decided that we could make the four recipes in whatever order we wanted since we might choose to make some of them for Thanksgiving dinner.
With all the pumpkin I had roasted this week, I had plenty left to try the Pumpkin Gorgonzola Flan. Not that have the courage to argue about recipe names with someone as well-versed as Dorie, but I prefer to call it a custard. (I know flan is technically a custard, but I think syrupy, smooth dessert when the name flan is used. It's not you -or Dorie- ... it's me.)
One taste of this custard and I became eternally convinced that reserving pumpkin solely for pie is a colossal mistake! I also now believe that if pumpkin is not paired with sugar and spices, that it must then hold hands with things like chipotles or Gorgonzola because they elevate pumpkin to heights it has never before reached!
Although you gently put the Gorgonzola crumbles on the top of the custards, it melts down into the custard a bit so that you can taste it with each bite. And it mellows a bit in the baking.
Of course, in true Dorie fashion, I had few "Bonne Idees" of my own. I didn't have the walnuts her recipe calls for so I used toasted pecans on top instead. They are my favorite anyway. And it just seemed to be asking me for a dash of nutmeg ... so I grated a bit of fresh in there. After I tasted it, I think a little sage would be a great complement as well. Dorie's Bonne Idee is to drizzle a little honey or maple syrup over the tops ... I DO love honey and Gorgonzola so I can imagine that would be rather tasty.
I felt as though I were eating Autumn when I tasted this dish ... slightly warm, cozy, a bit of piquancy from the cheese, crunchy from the nuts ... Absolutely wonderful.
(If you're new around here and are wondering what French Fridays with Dorie is ... It's an effort to use one of Dorie's recipes from Around My French Table each week. The recipes are decided on by popular vote on the website French Fridays with Dorie. Purchase your book HERE and play along!)