made eclairs a week or 2 ago. ((: I think it was pretty good. The guys finished them in a day. O.o And a found a new metric for my baked goods. If tk brings some up at night for breakfast tomorrow. It means they are good (I realized because he loves the cupcakes I baked and he brought everything up just now). I think he brought the eclairs up after the other guys had a few too. So kiasu, must chope. ((:
Chocolate Eclair Recipe
adapted from Joy of Baking
makes 12 (i think you should double the amount since you already went through so much effort to make it)
1/2 cup (65 grams) all purposeflour
1/2 teaspoon granulated whitesugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (55 grams) unsaltedbutter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup (120 ml) water
2 largeeggs, lightly beaten
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups (300 ml) whole milk
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated whitesugar
2 tablespoons (20 grams) all-purposeflour
2 scant tablespoons (15 grams) cornstarch(corn flour)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 ounces (55 grams) semi sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy “whipping” cream (cream with 35% butterfat content)
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon light corn syrup (or golden syrup or glucose)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. In a bowl whisk the flour with the sugar and salt. Place the butter and water in a saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and, with a wooden spoon, add the flour mixture, all at once, and stir until combined. Return saucepan to the heat and stir constantly until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a thick smooth ball (about 1-2 minutes). Transfer the dough to your electric mixer, and beat on low speed to release the steam from the dough (about 1 minute). Once the dough is lukewarm start adding the lightly beaten eggs (dough will separate and then come together) and continue to mix until you have a smooth thick paste (dough will fall from a spoon in a thick ribbon). Place the dough in a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip and pipe 12 oblongs of dough (about 3/4 inch (2 cm) wide) onto the baking sheet. (When piping have the bag at a 45 degree angle.) If desired, with a pastry brush, gently brush the tops of the dough with a lightly beaten egg.
Bake for 15 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Continue to bake for a further 25 minutes or until the shells are a nice amber color and when split, are almost dry inside. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
In a heatproof bowl, mix the sugar and egg yolks together. Whisk the flour with the cornstarch and then add to the egg mixture, mixing until you get a smooth paste. Meanwhile, in a saucepan bring the milk just to a boil. Remove from heat and add slowly to egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. Then pour the egg mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling, whisking constantly. When it boils, keep whisking constantly for another 30 – 60 seconds until the pastry cream becomes thick. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour the pastry cream into a clean bowl and immediately cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a crust from forming. Cool to room temperature then refrigerate until firm. Whisk or stir before using to get rid of any lumps that may have formed.
Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream just until boiling and immediately pour it over the chocolate. Gently stir until the chocolate has melted. Stir in the vanilla extract and corn syrup.