Because time is of the essence this week, I chose to make the pumpkin flans. This has to be one of the fastest recipes I have ever made!! I just dumped a handful of ingredients into my blender, whirled everything around a bit, poured the mixture into ramekins, and then walked away while they baked. I chose to use some more of the Gruyere cheese that I had in my fridge because I knew my family wouldn't come close to the flans if they had "moldy" cheese in them.
I tried a flan while they were still a little warm. I liked the flavor better than I thought I would, but I think when we see cute little pumpkin custards, we expect them to taste like pumpkin pie. I served the remaining 5 flans with dinner. We put a little honey on them and they appealed to us a little more with some sweetness. My girls didn't care for them at all, my husband ate some, but my little 3 yr old guy was the only one that asked for more. If you are worried about using the Gorgonzola cheese that Dorie calls for, the Gruyere was great with the flans. My favorite bites were definitely the ones that were loaded with toasted walnuts and cheese.