eclairs

 

I’m missing France. The day I enjoyed my eclair and had mistakenly eaten most of Alex’s because I forgot which flavor I had ordered. Walking through the old town of Cognac and Paris, there was literally a pastry shop on each corner and I couldn’t resist but try one too many. The French treat I decided to challenge myself with this month is the classic eclair. Without further a due, lets get started:

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Le ingredients for the chaux pastry: 

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line parchment paper on a baking tray.
  2. Bring the  water, butter and salt in medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
    • Lower the heat to medium, add the flour all at once while it continues to cook, stirring constantly until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball.
  3. Remove from heat; add eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is well blended into the batter before adding the next.
  4. Fill disposable decorating bag fitted with tip of choice with dough.
    • Pipe dough into 3 inch lines on prepared cookie sheet. Allow some space between each for spreading.
    • Any tip may be used to pipe them and you may choose the one that tickles your fancy the most.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Turn off oven and leave éclairs in closed oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.

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Les ingredients for pastry custard: 

Shout out to Jenna Scott for showing me this recipe because its amazing and saved my earlier disaster.

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened.

Instructions: 

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, create a slurry with the cornstarch and water.
    • Add the mixture to the egg yolks and sugar.
  3. In a sauce pan, combine the milk and flour and heat over medium heat until steaming hot. Add the hot milk to the egg mixture in small amounts, whisking after each additional until all of the milk is added.
    • Transfer the mixture back into the sauce pan and cook over medium heat, whisk constantly, until the mixture thickens into a custard. Once the mixture has thickened, add the vanilla essence.
  4. Transfer the custard into a large bowl, cover the top with plastic wrap and cool in the refrigerator. Once cooled, use a mixer to whisk air into the custard, then gradually add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a light cream forms. Transfer the cream into a pastry bag tipped with a filling tip.
  5. Poke holes into the bottom of the eclair and pipe the custard.

Les ingredients for chocolate ganache: 

  • 1 cup white chocolate
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Instructions: 

  1. Heat the heavy cream until steaming hot, then pour over the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate glaze is completely smooth.
  2. Dip the top side of each eclair into the chocolate, tapping off any excess chocolate. Set them down onto a wire rack for storage.
  3. Go crazy with any decorations you have whether it be sprinkles, strawberries – whatever your heart desires.

“Anytime is tea time” – so enjoy these beautiful creations with friends for a tea, gift them or just simply eat them all.

 

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