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Pumpkin Cream Puffs

Yields 12 cream puffs
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword pastry
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12
Author Cherry on My Sundae


Cream puffs

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs

Pumpkin custard filling

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine butter with water and salt in a heavy saucepan. Heat over high heat and bring to a rolling boil. Lower the heat to low and add all of the flour to the butter water mixture. Beat with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together. Remove from heat and add the eggs one at a time, fully incorporating each egg before adding the next.
  • Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes then lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Continue to bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. The shells should sound hollow when done. Cool the shells completely on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Heat milk in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
  • Whisk together yolks and egg with pumpkin puree, cinnamon, sugar, cornstarch and a pinch of salt. Slowly pour hot milk in yolk mixture in a stream, whisking constantly. Transfer mixture to saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring constantly. Cook until thick, about 6-7 minutes. Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla. Strain the custard through a fine mesh sieve and cover with plastic wrap directly touching the surface. Let cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • Cut tops of the shells. Fill each cream puff with pumpkin custard. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.