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Chocolate Eclairs

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Hello All!  Welcome back to Food ~ Flavor ~ Fun!

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This week has been tough for me and I’m having to play a little catch-up.  Just like everybody…life just happens.

I grew up just down the street from a French bakery.  These were one of my favorite items to enjoy.  I’m surprised to find out that they are not really that hard to make.  Give it a try.  The flavor is terrific.

Chocolate Eclairs

Ingredients:

Pastry:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 4 eggs

Filling:

  • 3 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Icing:

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400*F.

Heat water and butter to boiling.  Add flour and stir constantly until mixture is smooth and forms a ball.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Beat in 4 eggs, one at a time.  Using a large spoon, drop dough on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until a light brown.  Set aside to cool.

Prepare filling by combining milk, sugar, salt and flour.  Cook slowly until the mixture thickens.  Be careful not to scald the bottom.  Add 3 beaten eggs and continue to cook until the mixture is even thicker.  Remove from heat, cool and add vanilla.

Prepare the  icing by melting the chocolate, add sugar and cream.  Cook over medium heat until the soft ball stage.  Let cool and beat until smooth.

With a serrated knife, slice the pastry lengthwise, but not all the way trough.  Pipe or spoon the custard mixture into the center.  Replace the top of the pastry and ice the top with the chocolate icing. 

I suggest plating on a small dessert plate and sprinkle the eclair with a little powdered sugar.  Enjoy!

Categories : Drinks and Desserts

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