Raising my expectations too high was not the only thing that I did to sabotage this dish. Because the cheese was quite salty I gave the filling a very conservative pinch of salt, which resulted in the bland custard. Also, I used four 8 ounce ramekins instead of six 6 ounce and reduced the cheese slightly, which left a higher ration of custard to topping. I am being negative about these flans, but I have to say that they were not bad, I just wouldn't make them again without some serious tweaking. I do like the combination of pumpkin and blue cheese, but I think I would prefer it in a different format. I am thinking along the lines of pasta tossed with chunks of roasted pumpkin and a blue cheese sauce with some walnuts for crunch, or maybe a pumpkin and Gorgonzola galette.
Oh yes, I am definitely on to something here.