Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Pecans Balls

These Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Pecans Balls make a delicious and relatively simple autumn dessert.


But before we start talking about this fabulous treat, I’ve got a very disturbing news to share. Nope, it’s not about coyotes again (Not now).

I’ve seen the first house with the Christmas decorations and lights being up!

WHAT?!

Specifically, I saw it this Monday on my way to work, so I assume the people did this at least on the weekend.

Also, let me save your time from providing me with some reasonable explanation. Those WEREN’T Halloween decorations. Nope, they were perfectly Christmas-themed.

I mean. Monday, October 23rd.

Seriously?! (Well, I know that I’m repeating the same thing over and over. It’s just hard to get over this).

Two months until Christmas!

Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Pecans Balls

I get when stores start selling Christmas stuff quite early (Although I saw first examples in September which is way too earlier), but the house… Seriously?

Personally, I prefer to see any Christmas decorations not earlier than in the mid-end of November. Okay, I can deal with the beginning of November as well. In my book, the festive look should be limited to short time frames, otherwise, it might become just meaningless.

All right. Enough about this event. Let’s talk about these luscious Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Pecans Balls for a minute although I believe you should eat a dessert instead of talking.

Certainly, these treats require a little of your time if you decide to bake the biscuit as I did (I won’t judge if you grab store-bought, though). I baked the biscuit (Used this recipe) the night before finishing the treats the next morning, so this didn’t seem extremely tedious to me.

Also, although I’m giving the proportions, you don’t need to strictly follow them. First of all, you might need to cut the ingredients in half (or more) as the mentioned amount yields in around 40 balls.


Besides, you can freely play with a ratio of biscuit crumbs. In my case, I used up most of the cake (about 8 cups) leaving out just a little of it, the most dried edges. Start with fewer crumbs gradually adding more until you’ve achieved the preferred consistency. As you see, in my case I got a very luscious, moist (Sorry, I know that this a forbidden word in the food world). If you wish to get a drier texture, you’ll need to add in more biscuits or even ground pecans.

When the balls are ready, you’ve got to roll them in dulce de leche. Please be strong, and don’t lick the caramel off the plate as I might have certainly didn’t do. You don’t need to perfectly cover the treats in dulce de leche. Indeed it’s almost impossible due to a crumbly texture, so don’t worry about few missed spots.

The very last step would be rolling the balls into roasted pecans, and they’re ready to be served!

Not quite yet. I do recommend to let them stay at room temperature for about an hour, just to set. However, I will understand you if you steal sample right away. Because these Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Pecans Balls make an irresistibly delicious dessert.

Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Pecans Balls

Yield: about 40 balls

Ingredients

    Cake
  • 4 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups sugar (I used 1 cup granulated and 1 golden)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1,5 tablespoon or more Pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom (or more)
  • 5 eggs
  • 2,5 cups pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup light olive oil (or vegetable/canola)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Pecans Balls
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (Not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup thick dulce de leche
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spices or more to taste
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom or to taste
  • Assembling
  • 2 cups toasted pecans, finely ground
  • 1 - 1,5 cups thick dulce de leche

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C. Cover a baking sheet (appr. 13x18 inch) with parchment, slightly spray with cooking spray, and slightly dust with flour.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, and soda, salt, and spices in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin pure, oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Using a mixer or a whisk vigorously beat, just until combined, for a minute.
  4. Stir the wet mixture in the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated, Try and add more spices or salt if it tastes a little bland.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared sheet and evenly spread. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes or until when a wooden stick inserted in the middle comes out clean. The biscuit should be spongy and balance back.
  6. Remove from the oven and completely cool. Cover with a clean towel and let stand for at least few hours or better overnight.
  7. Using a food processor, finely ground the biscuit - you should get about 8 cups, tightly packed.
  8. Combine the crumbled cake, dulce de leche, pumpkin pure, and spiced. Mix until well combined.
  9. Spoon out about 1 teaspoon of mixture and shape it into a ball. Since the texture is sticky, you might try slightly dampening your fingers. Repeat.
  10. Roll the balls into the dulce de leche (It's convenient to do when spreading a portion of the caramel on a plate/board)
  11. Roll the balls in the pecans.
  12. Let the treats stand for 30-60 minutes to set.
  13. Keep refrigerated for 5-6 days.
  14. Enjoy!

Notes

havocinthekitchen.com

http://www.havocinthekitchen.com/pumpkin-dulce-de-leche-pecans-balls/

8 Thoughts on “Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Pecans Balls

  1. Wow Ben these look so edible! They remind me of Almond Rocca, a gift my mom used to always give me at Christmas time. Thanks for the memory. :)
    It’s been forever since I had some time to look at my friend’s blogs and I’ve missed yours. So happy my afternoon turned out that I had spare time. I try to stay up to date with social postings, but it’s good to stop by the site now and again, right? Cheers!

  2. I am not surprised at all — I have also seen a couple of houses with Christmas decoration and lighting here. Stores are also flooded with Christmas stuff, so I say that there is no such thing as an early time to celebrate a good mood. These pumpkin dulce de leche pecan balls look so elegant and festive. I wish I could grab a few of them right away. :)

  3. I can’t believe Christmas Decorations already! Crazy! It isn’t even Halloween, much less Thanksgiving! I don’t think Christmas decorating should happen until after Thanksgiving – I can only do one holiday at a time, apparently. Anyway – this recipe sounds amazing – dulce de leche is the perfect complement to pumpkin – this may be my first sweet pumpkin treat of the year – thanks for the recipe!
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  4. I don’t think Christmas decorations should go up until after Thanksgiving. It’s just too many holidays at once. Crazy talk, just don’t! Ok I’m off that soapbox. These pumpkin dulce de leche balls sound heavenly. Pumpkin and dulce have to be a match made in heaven! I think this may be the sweet pumpkin treat I’ve been looking for – I’ve really only made savor pumpkin this year, so thanks for the recipe!

  5. It’s a law that no one can put up Xmas decorations before Thanksgiving. No Joke. So you need to go tell those people Ben! ;) Speaking of Thanksgiving, these balls would be perfect as a substitute for a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie. It like a two-fer! Or three-fer with the dulce de leche :)

  6. What? It is WAAAY too early for Christmas decorations! I totally agree with you. The whole reason Christmas is special is because it’s time-limited. If we celebrate during the entire last quarter of the year it loses its meaning. Dulce de leche is soooo good and I’m thinking that with pumpkin it’s even better. Loving this recipe! Have a great weekend, Ben!

  7. I love Dulce-de-leche! And these sound amazing!! Luscious and decadent :)

  8. Christmas decorations already!? Are you sure about that?? Maybe they were those crazy neighbors who never took down their Christmas decorations last year? I mean I’m all about celebrating the holidays and decorating…but Christmas in October? No thanks! This time of the year is reserved for witches, ghouls and skeletons!! Oh, and apparently dulce de leche pecan balls, too. These look amazing, Ben! And I love the flavor profile you’ve got going on in there…it’s hard to beat a good toasted pecan! :-)
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