Tuesday, April 12, 2011

vanilla eclairs - French Fridays w/ Dorie

I actually had egg yolks left over from buttercream I made this past weekend. These tasted great, but my pastry got soggy. I don't think I cooked it long enough. When I was a kid, I used to make these often and I remember cooking them for much longer and at a lower temp, but the taste of these was so much better. I could really smell and taste the egg. 
formed choux, waiting to be baked

Hot out of the oven they looked perfect!

It was so hard to choose what to fill them with. Vanilla was the assignment, but Dorie had several variations in Around My French Table. After consulting the family, we all agreed to have the coffee flavored pastry cream and top the eclairs with chocolate. Another surprise was how thick the cream came out.

Coffee pastry cream
It worked out well and tasted very good though. I guess if I had really measured everything it may have come out a little different. I had 4 yolks leftover and almost no milk left. So I was trying to do the math in my head to make about 3/4 of the original recipe and somehow the amount of sugar reduced in my brain to 1/2. I fixed it, but am curious if it was supposed to be thinner and creamier. I didn't really have my heart in these because of getting ready for cupcake camp. Too much of a rush and we're going away next week so I didn't want to wait to make these last minute. Hey, they were well appreciated and quite a treat for a weeknight dessert!

Coffee Eclairs w/ Blackberries

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