I made my first homemade cream puff years ago. I remember thinking, “I should challenge myself and make something super difficult” and for some reason, I thought cream puffs would be that perfect challenge. Boy, was I wrong. I was blown away by how easy they are to make. I’ve made a few variations over the years, but this, my friends, is my greatest creation.
“What is that creation?,” you ask. One day, out of the blue clear sky* it came to me. I had a homemade pumpkin pie gifted to me from my dear friend, Edith, and I had just bought whipped cream to top it with. I was brainstorming ideas on how to use up the rest of the whipped cream and I clearly still had pumpkin pie on the brain and…. bam! The idea of Pumpkin Pie Cream Puffs was seeded and I just couldn’t get the idea out of my head.
*100 points to you if you knew this was a quote from Forrest Gump. Yep, I’m a nerd. 200 points if you went back and read that sentence with a Forrest Gump/southern accent.
Obviously it goes without saying that Pumpkin Pie Cream Puffs are a genius idea. I won’t go as far to say they’re better than pumpkin pie, cause that would be a lie. But they are a close second. When I handed out these little cream puffs to friends and coworkers, I stayed close for the reaction of their first bite. Not to brag, but I basically blew minds. The flavor combination, plus the fact that they were homemade was too much for people to handle.
If you want to impress people, and make them think you slaved in the kitchen all day, make them cream puffs. When you tell people they’re homemade, their jaws will drop and they’ll be singing your praises. In reality, you only spent about 10 minutes in the kitchen, and the hardest part was mixing the dough by hand for 2 minutes in a pot. The holidays are right around the corner, and these Pumpkin Pie Cream Puffs are the perfect, unique addition to your dessert table or potluck.