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Pumpkin Cream Puffs #PumpkinWeek

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Pumpkin cream puffs are filled with creamy pumpkin custard and dunked in caramel glaze. You've never had a pumpkin dessert like this before! 

Pumpkin cream puffs are filled with creamy pumpkin custard and dunked in caramel glaze. You've never had a pumpkin dessert like this before! #PumpkinWeek

It’s my favorite time of year — Pumpkin Week! I teamed up with a group of food bloggers to share all kinds of pumpkin recipes, including drinks, savory recipes, sweet recipes — even dog treats!

#PumpkinWeek 2017

Today's treat is one that I made for a Halloween party many years ago, and it was a HUGE hit. I mean really, who doesn't love cream puffs? Little round balls of pastry with a burst of cream inside!

Pumpkin cream puffs are filled with creamy pumpkin custard and dunked in caramel glaze. You've never had a pumpkin dessert like this before! #PumpkinWeek

Instead of pastry cream, however, the filling for these pumpkin cream puffs is pumpkin custard. It's very similar in flavor and texture to the filling of a baked pumpkin pie. Like a cheesecake, it is baked in water bath, for similar reasons. The water bath heats the custard more slowly and evenly, preventing the eggs from curdling and the custard from cracking.

Obviously, since the custard is being spooned into a pastry bag to pipe into cream puff shells, cracking isn't a huge deal. However, curdled eggs still are an issue, so this still bakes in water bath.

Pumpkin cream puffs are filled with creamy pumpkin custard and dunked in caramel glaze. You've never had a pumpkin dessert like this before! #PumpkinWeek

You may wonder why I add sugar to a caramel sauce for the glaze. After all, caramel sauce IS sugar! You could simply dip the cream puffs directly in the warm caramel sauce, and they would be absolutely delicious. But the caramel would never really set up the way this caramel glaze will. It's really a personal preference.

So, yes, these require a lot of effort, but I assure you the results are worth it. If you want to attempt them but feel intimidated, I recommend tackling the parts of the recipe one day at a time. Day 1, make the custard. Day 2, make the pastry shells. Day 3, fill the shells, make the glaze, and dip the cream puffs.

Pumpkin cream puffs are filled with creamy pumpkin custard and dunked in caramel glaze. You've never had a pumpkin dessert like this before! #PumpkinWeek

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Here are today's #PumpkinWeek recipes:

Savory Pumpkin Recipes:

Sweet Pumpkin Recipes: