HOMEMADE ECLAIRS


I made this to use up graham crackers and pudding mix I had on hand. It was so easy and so delicious. I made my own chocolate glaze for the top (3 tbsp cocoa, 3 tbsp melted butter, 3 tbsp milk, enough powdered sugar to make pouring consistency) and it turned out great. This will be something I will take to potlucks in the summer months definitely.

This was excellent. It really tasted just like an eclair. I couldn't bring myself to use store bought icing so I made a chocolate butter cream. Everyone loved it. It doesn't get much easier!! Enjoy!



HOMEMADE ECLAIRS

INGREDIENTS

Filling:
1 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Flour
3/4 tsp Salt
3 cup Milk
3 egg Yolks
2 tsp Vanilla
2 tbsp Butter
1/2 cup Heavy Cream

Pastry Shells:
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Water
1/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Flour
4 Eggs

Topping:
1 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 tsp Shortening

INSTRUCTIONS
  • Beat egg yolks and set aside.
  • Whisk together sugar, flour and salt in a saucepan.
  • Slowly add milk while whisking. Then add egg yolks while whisking.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat while whisking constantly.
  • Cook until mixture reached the consistency of pudding.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter to pan, whicking until butter is melted and mixture is well blended.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  • Fold whipped cream into custard mixture. and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Combine butter, water and salt in a medium pan and bring to a boil.
  • Add flour to the pan and stir until it forms a ball.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to mixing bowl and beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Transfer pastry dough to piping bag.
  • Pipe elongated strips of dough onto prepared sheet.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until golden.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Transfer pastry cream to a piping bag.
  • Cut pastries halfway through the center with a knife and pipe in the cream.
  • Melt chocolate by heating chocolate chips and shortening in microwave for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.
  • Place in a shallow flat dish.
  • Dip tops of eclairs in chocolate and return to parchment lined pan and allow to cool.



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