Sunday, July 4, 2010

chocolate eclairs


These are one of my all-time favorite desserts. They are oh-so-good!!

Cream Puffs
If you are having company I would maybe double this. The filling recipe to follow could probably fill 3 of these batches and the frosting would cover 2-3 of these batches. I like to make a batch of cream puffs day sometimes when I make all this, then fill them with left over filling and frost them, because they are so good fresh.

1 C. water
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. butter
1 1/4 twice-sifted flour
3 eggs

1. Heat water, salt and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until butter is completely melted and water begins to boil. Add flour all at once, beating constantly until thickened and smooth.

2. Place dough in mixing bowl (kitchen-aid or bosch preferably). Add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. Dough should be soft and be able to hold a form, but not runny.

3. Place dough in ziplock bag and cut a corner off, leaving a hole of about 2-3 inches to pipe out 3-5 inch logs. Place a few inches apart on greased cookie sheets.

4. Bake @400 degrees for about 30 minutes.

See more pictures and slightly different recipe here.


Filling

small box of cook and serve vanilla Pudding
1 Tbsp. butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 quart whipping cream (with sugar to taste)

1. In saucepan mix vanilla pudding according to directions. Melt butter in mixture while hot.

2. Transfer pudding to mixing bowl (again, preferable a kitchenaid or bosch) and begin to mix mixture and cool it down. Add vanilla. Once mixture is cool enough to not cook the egg when added in, add egg:)

2. In a separate bowl whip whipping cream until thick and holds forms well (add sugar to taste as you are whipping it).

3. Fold whipping cream mixture into vanilla pudding mixture.


Inserting filling into cream puffs

Either slice puff pastry in half and spoon filling in the middle, or pipe filling into the center through a whole (pastries will be very light, airy and have plenty of storage room in center for filling : d )

Frosting
You can use your favorite chocolate frosting recipe. I used this one:

1/2 C. butter
1/3 C. cocoa powder
1/4 C. evaporated milk
Box Powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

1. Melt butter (on stovetop or in microwave), then stir in cocoa powder. Transfer mixture to mixing bowl if it is not already in one.

2. Stir or mix in evaporated milk. Then mix in powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Feel free to add more or less of any of the listed ingredients. This is a very forgiving and easy recipe that can easily be adjusted to your liking.

Pipe or Spread onto tops of eclairs and ENJOY!!!

2 comments:

Lavender said...

These look so yummy. Ill definitely be tying this recipe.

Chelle said...

Why, oh, why couldn't you have posted this before Tank was born? Now I have a recipe I REALLY want to try & no time to try it out! I'm so happy to have this, eclairs are one of my all time favs :):)