Many of us look forward to having pumpkin pie once a year on Thanksgiving. However, you can enjoy pumpkin pie throughout the fall season, since pumpkins are in such ready supply. If you want a lighter dessert, but still want all of the flavors of your traditional pumpkin pie, try making this simple pumpkin custard instead. This pumpkin custard is basically a pumpkin pie without the pie shell. In fact, pumpkin pie is a fairly healthy dessert option, and it is even healthier if you don't use the pie shell, which is made mostly from butter. You can make this custard by purchasing a puréed pumpkin and following the easy recipe on the can, or you can use fresh seasonal pumpkins and make a fresh pumpkin custard.