Being the life-long foodie that I am, a lot of my childhood memories revolve around food – all the likes, the dislikes, and the new experiences are usually intertwined with some specific moment. And now that I’m grown and doing the whole “adulting” thing it’s become a never-ending challenge to learn how to make (and reminisce about) all my childhood favorites at home. I already did this earlier in the year with homemade buttermints, and now I’m on to my next big challenge:
Cream horns! When I was a kid, I was the only one in the house that showed cream horns the admiration they deserved, and it was always like finding gold if my mother let me wonder enough in the bakery section to stumble across a package of them. If I ever did get so lucky to spot them, it was pretty much a guarantee that I’d be allowed to put them in the shopping cart, because my mother knew I was thisclose to throwing myself on the ground and screaming if I didn’t get my way.
If only that tactic still worked for this whole “adulting” gig.
Over time I plan to make all the flavors and styles of cream horn that I can think of, because really, is there even such a thing as a “bad” cream horn? My family might think so, but I disagree!
So to kick things off in proper fall fashion, I started my puff pastry extravaganza with pumpkin spice cream horns. Because these really are the delicious embodiment of fall.
With this recipe, I kept it pretty simple: you don’t need to slave over the intricacies of puff pastry – just buy the puff pasty sheets from the frozen food section of your favorite grocery store. The filling is a little more involved to make than most pumpkin spice cream recipes you find, but you can also control the amount of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon to your liking. You could even get super fancy and add some orange food coloring to give them a more authentic pumpkin look. I skipped the food coloring this time around, but only because I liked being able to see grains of the pumpkin pie spice in the cream.
Note: you will need cream horn molds to make these. Amazon sells them really for cheap (in boxes of six)!