Pumpkin Churros with Maple Cream Dipping Sauce

In many Utah homes there is one October food tradition that might now be upstaged.

Amy Richardson shares the perfect dessert recipe for your Halloween gathering.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
4 eggs
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

In a medium sized bowl whisk together flour and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

In a medium sized saucepan, bring water, butter, and salt, to a boil. When boiling, add flour mixture all at once. Stir over heat until dough forms into a ball. Set aside to cool slightly, 7-10 minutes. With a wooden spoon or the paddle attachment on an electric mixer, beat in eggs one at a time until dough is smooth. Add in vanilla, and pumpkin. Mix well.

Place sugar and pumpkin spice into a paper lunch sack. Shake to mix. Set aside.

Heat oil in fryer, or deep pan to 350 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray paper lightly with cooking spray.

Fit a 14 or 16 inch piping bag with a large open star tip*. Place batter into bag.

Pipe 2 1/2 inch stripes of dough onto prepared baking sheet.

Drop dough into hot oil. Cook for about 4 1/2 minutes turning to brown evenly. When golden brown, drain fritters to remove excess oil, then roll in sugar to coat.

Serve with maple cream dipping sauce.
Maple Cream Dipping Sauce
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 1/2 tbsp butter

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Over medium heat bring mixture to a boil. Sauce thickens as it cools. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

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