Pear season is in full swing and we love combining all the flavors of fall for some sweet treats and other pear recipes! These cream puffs are packed with fall flavors with a delicious spiced pear compote with maple whipped cream!
What is a Cream Puff?
Cream puffs, in short, are little pastry balls filled with cream. The cream filling can vary from whipped cream to ice cream and everything in between like pastry cream or custard. The cream puff pastry is made from choux paste, which is also known as éclair paste or pâte à choux. Since the pastry itself isn’t very sweet and doesn’t have much flavor, it can be used in a variety of ways.
The fillings are really the star of the show here and there are sweet and savory variations for these.
For our autumn-inspired recipe, we chose a sweet spiced pear compote along with a maple whipped cream.
Spiced Pear Compote for Maple Cream Puffs
Compotes are essentially a fruit preserve made with pieces of fruit cooked with sugar and water. The result is a fruit syrup filling that is great in pastries, tarts and pies.
For our pear compote, we used ripe red pears. Any pears will work in this recipe, so use your favorite or whichever pears you can find in your grocery store. The key here is that they should be ripe.
The addition of spices is what gives this pear compote a flavor that feels warm and cozy for the winter months. We used allspice, cinnamon, cloves and star anise to give it that wintery flavor!
The Pear Compote will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 months, so making extra to spread on toast or add to ice cream is completely acceptable!
Maple Syrup & Alternatives
As I am sure you are all aware maple syrup is made from the sap of the maple tree. Pure maple syrup is what we recommend for this recipe because the flavor is much better than imitation syrups. Unfortunately, pure maple syrup is often very expensive, and using an imitation syrup that fits in your budget will work in this recipe as well.
We hope that you enjoy this recipe for Spiced Pear and Maple Cream Puffs! It is truly a delicious dessert that is perfect for the upcoming holiday season or your holiday gatherings.
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Looking for more recipes like this? Check these out:
- Savory Champagne Poached Pears
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Homemade Churros with Baileys Chocolate Sauce
- Brown Butter and Pecan Rum Cake
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