Penzey's Pumpkin Puffs

"--Tasty Dish-- received her Penzey's Holiday/Winter 2010 catalog in the mail yesterday and this puff recipe was printed in it. Note: the original recipe calls for fresh pumpkin but I had a partial can of Libby's 100% pure pumpkin puree to use up and this was the perfect recipe for --Tasty-- and me to prepare on a snowed-in day! For a twist, try English mixed spice in place of pumpkin pie spice."
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Ready In:
60 puffs




  • If using fresh pumpkin the original recipe states: Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the pumpkin and cook until it is fork tender, approximately 15 minutes. Drain well and cooled. However, if I were to make this with fresh pumpkin, my first choice would be to bake the pumpkin, followed by steaming. Boiling would be a last resort.
  • Place the cooked and cooled fresh pumpkin or the canned pumpkin in a large mixing bowl. If using fresh pumpkin, mash with a potato masher, immersion blender or electric mixer.
  • Add 1/2 cup flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, egg yolk, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix well.
  • If the mixture is too liquid-y, add more flour.
  • Taste for sweetness and add more brown sugar if necessary.
  • Refrigerate 30-45 minutes. Do not skip this step.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a sauce pan (original recipe specifies a frying pan). Note: I never use as much oil as a recipe calls for with deep frying-perhaps 1/2 cup at most. Place a paper towel on a plate.
  • For small puffs, drop the mix by greased teaspoon into the pan (or greased tablespoon if you want larger puffs). Tip: Grease the utensil on both sides. *Don't* crowd the pan with too many puffs at one time.
  • Cook on both sides until golden, about 2 minutes for the smaller puffs, and 3-4 minutes for the larger.
  • Once cooked, use a slotted spoon and place puffs on the paper towel-lined plate to drain off the excess oil.
  • Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. If desired, drizzle puffs with a little bit of real maple syrup.

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