|My sis-in-law made the easy chocolate eclairs/cream puffs.....I made the fruity, chocolate cupcakes....both look great on our 4th of July table don't they? They are great for any summer BBQ too.|
1 cup water
1/2 cube butter
1 cup flour
Heat oven to 400. Heat water and butter to a rolling boil. Stir in flour untilmixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Let cool a bit till batter is not hot. Beat in eggs one at a time. Drop dough 1 Tbsp size onto baking sheet using a pastry bag. Mine were about 1 3/4 inches oval x 1 1/2 and I got about 30 little eclairs.
Cook until puffy and golden. I did 14 minutes at 400 and then turned oven down to 350 for 5 minutes. I think from posts I read on other blogs 20 minutes is perfect for smaller eclairs. Larger ones about 20 minutes at 400 and 4 minutes at 350 but watch them the last 3 minutes. Your oven might be different as I am at high altitude.
Heat water and butter till boiling. Add flour and stir constantly until mixture is smooth.
|The ingredients for cream eclairs are only 4....so easy!|
|Water, butter, flour and eggs....|
|Batter before adding the eggs.....I let it beat a little to let off some of the steam....|
|Then I added 1 egg at a time and beat for a minute in between eggs.....|
|The eclair batter is like pudding...|
|I piped the batter onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper....|
|I added a blob of eclair batter to each of the 4 corners...then pressed the parchment paper on top. It helps|
"glue" the paper down to the cookie sheets.
|Here are my finished Eclairs....just out of the oven!|
|Now they are ready to fill with the creamy, rich pudding filling....each one was a half a handful !|
French Vanilla Cream Filling
1/2 pint whipping cream (smallest carton)
1 small box instant French vanilla instant pudding
1/2 cup milk
Whip until thick.
|1/2 cup milk, pint of cream and small box of french vanilla instant pudding....|
|Squeeze inside of your little puffs....so easy!|
1/2 slick butter
2 Tbsp. cocoa
2 Tbsp. milk
2 cups powdered sugar ( I used a little less, just add it till desired consistency)
Heat until melted, stirring constantly-add 2 cups powdered sugar until melted. Shake a fork
back & forth and then the other way to ice tops of eclairs if you want a cool design. Or just frost with a knife.
|This was the most delicious chocolate glaze!|
|It was easy and quick....|
|And it tastes like the most divine fudge! Really!|
|Chocolate Eclairs....oh my yum! Wouldn't these eclairs be cute with at little flag sticking out on a toothpick? I saw some at Hobby Lobby the other day....shoulda bought them now that I think about it.....|
|Wouldn't you love a creamy, chocolaty, eclair bite? That's what I'm talkin' about!|