Cinnamon Eclairs with Pumpkin Cream*

Forgive me diet, for I have sinned.

I was raised Catholic. Which meant at 12 years old, I had to do my first confession. Most kids do it around 8…but I was a little late to the party. So there I am, 4 years older than everyone else in the group, and I am one of the last in line to have my first confession. No big deal. I got this…I mean it can’t be that hard right? If all these little kids can do it, so can I. So I am waiting…and waiting…and waiting. Each kid before me has spent a solid 10 minutes in that little room. So I figure Father Charlie (the priest) must be in there talking to them and what not. I mean…they can’t actually be confessing that whole time.

I get in the room and there are two options. Sit behind the curtain or sit in a chair right across from Father Charlie. So, obviously, I take the curtain. Anonymity rocks. But Father Charlie says, no, no come sit in front of me. And since he obviously has a direct line to God, I do as I am told. He smiles at me and says, begin when you are ready. This is where the problem started.

Me: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

:::cross myself all awkwardly because I don’t quite have it down:::

Father Charlie: Ok, go ahead. What are your confessions?

Me: Ummm, well. Ummm. ::silence::   ::crickets::  ::picking at my hair::   I uhhhhh.

Father Charlie: Don’t be nervous, it’s ok.

Me: Ok. Well, I uhhh.  Umm…..  Last week I punched my sister in the face.


Here’s the thing, I DIDN’T PREPARE ANYTHING. Of course I didn’t really punch my sister in the face, or anywhere else for that matter. I totally blanked on anything to confess…so what did I do? I lied. I lied during confessional. I lied to a priest! It was like…everything bad I had ever done just left my head. Instead all I could think about were his purple robes and how he used to sing a song about Holy Guacamole. He gave me 20 Hail Marys for my “sin” and I did 40 to make up for my lie about my “sin”.

That was almost 12 years ago and I hate to say it, but I am not any better at confessing my sins to a priest, or at owning up to my Lose It! app. At the end of every day, I try my hardest to track everything I ate. But it usually doesn’t go as planned.

Me: Hmm I think I ate like 3 cookies.

Lose it! App: That is 460 calories.

Me: Oh no! I am sure I only ate like 2 cookies.

Lose it! App: Oh ok, that’s 310 calories instead.

Me: Oh ok…that’s a little better. I probably really only ate one cookie, so really it’s even half that. Also I don’t think I ate 600 calories worth of pasta. I’m thinking it was pasta made out of lettuce.


So these past few weeks I have been tracking everything I have eaten right after I eat it. No guessing, no forgetting, and no fudging the numbers. But let me just say, it killed me to add the two, yes TWO, Cinnamon Eclairs with Pumpkin Cream I ate. What’s that saying? A moment on the lips, forever on the hips?

Oh well. Who cares how long they stay on your hips when they taste like this! These Cinnamon Eclairs with Pumpkin Cream were pure breakfast-y heaven. The pumpkin was subtle and delicious…and I loved the addition of cinnamon to each layer. While they take a long time to put together, they sure are worth it in the end!


Cinnamon Eclairs with Pumpkin Cream

Yield: 12 Eclairs

Recipe Note: I sized this recipe down a considerable amount from the original source. It originally made 50 eclairs! But for me, this made 12 :-)


Cinnamon Eclair:
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 to 3 eggs

Pumpkin Cream:
1/3 cup whole milk
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of ground ginger
a pinch of ground nutmeg
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup pumpkin puree

Chocolate Glaze:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 tablespoon corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of cinnamon
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup powdered sugar


Cinnamon Eclair:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the whole milk, water, butter, salt, sugar, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the flour, stirring to combine. Return the pan to the heat and continue to stir. Cook until the dough leaves a film on the bottom of the pan.

Put dough in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on low until cooled to 280 degrees F, or until the bowl is no longer hot to the touch. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition and scraping down the bowl as necessary. Add enough eggs to make the dough come away from the sides of the bowl in ribbons (but the dough will not clear the bowl), and the dough looks shiny but not too wet. Use immediately, piping onto the prepared baking sheet with a pastry bag fitted with a round tip.

Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees for another 10 minutes (do not open the oven during this time). Then bake for an additional 15 minutes, reducing the heat every few minutes until it reaches 200 degrees. The higher temperatures cause the dough to puff, the lower temperatures dries it out and finishes the baking. After 35 minutes, cut into one eclair. If the inside is still moist, return it to the oven for a few additional minutes.

Pumpkin Cream:
Combine half of 1/3 cup milk, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat it until bubbles begin appearing around the edges, but do not let it come to a boil.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining milk and cornstarch. Whisk together the egg and cornstarch mixture. When the milk and sugar are heated, add it in a steady stream into the egg mixture while whisking constantly. Return to the saucepan and turn heat to medium. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened. Add the butter and vanilla extract.

Spoon into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, placing the plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the cream to prevent a skin from forming. Chill completely.

Whip the whipping cream until stiff. Fold the pumpkin puree into the chilled pastry cream, then fold in the whipping cream. Chill until ready to assemble the eclairs.

Chocolate Glaze:

Combine the butter, milk, corn syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon together in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is combined. Remove from heat and add the chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted. Add the sugar and stir until smooth.

To assemble the eclairs:

Poke a hole in the side of each eclair with the tip of a squeeze bottle, the tip of a pastry bag tip, or with another sharp tool, such as a skewer. Pipe the pumpkin cream into the eclairs with either a pastry bag fitted with a small tip or a squeeze bottle.

Dip the tops of each eclair into the warm chocolate glaze and put on a wire rack. Let set completely, about 15 minutes.

The eclairs are best served within a few hours of filling, as the pumpkin cream will make the pastry soggy.

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30 Responses to “Cinnamon Eclairs with Pumpkin Cream”

  1. 1

    Bev Weidner — September 11, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    Pasta made out of lettuce – BAAHAHAHAHHAH.

    I mean, I’ve eaten that, . . . WHAT?

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — September 11, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    This is not a sin. This is a thing of beauty :)

    My 1st confession was for swearing. Some things still have not changed. ha!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — September 11, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    Holy crap! Who makes 50 eclairs?! Lol

  4. 4

    Apron Appeal — September 11, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Oh Girlie! you had me rollin’ with this one! My husband and I couldn’t stop laughing. :)

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    Paula — September 11, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    Ahhh, good old Catholic Guilt. I’m sure we had to take lessons in that in school. If my mother knew that every Saturday for years I’d confess to taking her home made cookies from the jar without asking (even waking in the middle of the night to do it) she have the answer to why her baking disappeared so quickly!

    These Eclairs are heavenly and worth a penance of 10 Hail Marys and 5 Our Father’s!

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    JulieD — September 11, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    Oh man, these look so good! I say this after just having to Krispy Kremes for dessert. I was raised Catholic and I know all about Catholic guilt. Can’t. wait. to. see. you. soon!

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    Karriann Graf — September 12, 2011 @ 12:01 am

    I think you diet will forgive you! Happy baking!

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    Kathryn — September 12, 2011 @ 4:24 am

    I have a similar app on my phone and I have exactly the same thought process every time I try to track what I ate…

    These look so good, I love the combination of cinnamon and pumpkin. Perfect for this time of year!

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    Katrina — September 12, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    I am in love. You have officially rocked my world today. I….love you?

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    Jenelle @ One Apron — September 12, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Yeah so I am going to need you to mail me some of these! I’ll pay for shipping. (These look magnificent!)

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — September 12, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    1) I LOVE the lipstick on the mug.

    2) You are a goddess for making something that involved, I bow to you!

    3) I think you are the 40th person I know who has confessed they make stuff up in confession! You’re in good company!

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    brandi — September 12, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    woah. i need these! i’m terrified of trying to make eclairs at home, but these look good enough to convince me.

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — September 12, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    OMG…first you make fun of your husband and now you’re lying to priests? WTHeck kind of a person ARE YOU? 😛

    Ok, I kid. I’m TERRIBLE at confession too…I have to kneel behind the screen and sometimes I have no idea what I’m going to say..PRESSURE!

    Oh, and I lie to my diet journal too. Maybe that was just one cup of pasta…yeah, totally. (heh)

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    This ME LAaaura Ashley — September 12, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Ha ! Love this post Jess <3 I had to do the same thing at age 12 and my mom still smacked me in the back of the head….. Confidential my ass I have to find my First Holy Communion pictures …. I'm the Oddly Tall older one in the back lol MISS YA Girly ;-( watched True Blood today and thought of ya :( Wish we could have watched it together like old times…. I miss us venting about how we just "love" the endings of each Series lmao

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    Paula @ Dishing the Divine — September 12, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Your story is hilarious :) I can’t wait to try making these! They look soooo good! :)

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    Joanne — September 12, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    Umm these are totally welcome on my hips. And my thighs. (Although if they could somehow make their way to my boobs…I’d be extra super happy.)

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    ErinsFoodFiles — September 12, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Pumpkin Cream! I never really liked eclairs, but HELLO! I know I’d like those!

    PS. You lied in confession? What a horrible horrible horrible person you must be. Not that I’m judging you or anything. I’m a good Christian. I don’t judge people.

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    Dianna @ The Kitchen Prep — September 12, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    Love this post & double love the recipe! I’m Catholic too… but can I tell you a little secret? I stopped that whole “confessing to a priest” thing long ago. {High school, to be exact, since it was a Catholic school & I was required to go!} I think that makes me a “Cafeteria Catholic”… you know, picking and choosing the things I will partake in. {Awful, I know. Straight to Hell for me.} Anyway, thanks for another great post!

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    Tina — September 12, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    1. You are hilarious. seriously. I can always count on having a good laugh from you! :)
    2. These look INSANE.
    3. I totally do the same thing with my calorie tracker haha I think SURELY i didn’t eat that many calories….. i’ll go ahead and half that number 😉

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    amy (fearless homemaker) — September 12, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    these look deeeelicious!

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    jeannette — September 12, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    oh you make me laugh!! i am the EXACT same way when counting calories. i tend to bargain with my food as well. convincing myself that i only ate 3/4 of the suggested serving. oh women, we’re silly 😉

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    Bonnie — September 12, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    I’ve never eaten an eclair. Talk about a sin!

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    Jihane @SinfulSundays — September 12, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    Haha!! I totally used to lie at confession too! Like, all the time; and then I would feel bad so my last confession was always, “And I’ve told lies today.” My one priest once finally asked,”Who did you lie to today?” and I was stumped. So, I told him I lied to my mom when I totally didn’t and then I felt even worse! I lied about lying! Yeesh.

    And OMG, that pumpkin filling sounds like all kinds of deliciousness! :)

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    Becki @ Becki's Whole Life — September 12, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    Very cute story…I’m sure that you aren’t the only child who has fibbed in a confessional!

    Ok, I thought these looked great when I thought they were normal eclairs – but pumpkin filled eclairs – ridiculousness!!

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    Deborah — September 13, 2011 @ 1:38 am

    I have been counting calories for the last 3 weeks, and I’m pretty sure these babies would be worth going over for! (or worth skipping dinner for!)

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    Michelle — September 13, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Oh my gosh! I haven’t had an eclair in years, much less an eclair so absolutely perfect for Fall. This sounds amazing. Nicely done. :)

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    Erin — September 13, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    I think these were worth sinning against your diet

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    marla — September 16, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    OMG: what I would do for about 5 of these right now. Lovely eclairs :)

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    emiglia — October 4, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

    I’m sorry… cinnamon éclairs with pumpkin cream? I don’t care if they’re 4 million calories each; I want one.

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    Kamron Shinault — April 17, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    I really like and appreciate your blog article.Really thank you! Great.

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