Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Despite loving pumpkin-flavored treats, I have never been a fan of pumpkin pie. There are few foods where texture is the defining factor for me, but the mushy body of pumpkin pie just turns me off. Thankfully, Shake Shack has found a way to make it palatable to me with its Pumpkin Pie Oh-My! custard special — vanilla custard mixed up with homemade pumpkin pie and topped with a mountain of whipped cream. Ice cream makes everything better.
This is a decadent dessert, more like a sundae. It's the whipped cream that does it. The vanilla holds strong but is tinged with pumpkin — the mushy pie is gone, melded into the custard. Bits of crust pop up in every other bite. They're so small as to be almost unnoticeable, but just enough to provide a texture contrast, especially as the custard heads toward soupiness, and occasionally a chunkier piece will make a surprise appearance. I wouldn't have minded more of them.
If you like a headier pumpkin flavor, go for the Pumpkin Pie custard on Mondays, but if sundaes are your thing, indulge in the Pumpkin Pie Oh-My!
Posted by kitchenette at 1:10 AM