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Sunday, 31 August 2008

Daring Bakers Challenge – Chocolate Éclairs



This month’s challenge is hosted by Tony Tahhan and MeetaK, who gave us Daring Bakers a great challenge of chocolate éclairs – many thanks guys for hosting this month’s D.B. & for such a great bake!! The recipe was chosen from Pierre Hermé from a cookbook written by Dorie Greenspan: Chocolate Desserts By Pierre Hermé.

There are three elements to éclairs; Pate a Choux, also known as Choux Pastry or Cream Puff Dough, Pastry Cream & Chocolate glaze.

Tony and Meetak, were very generous in allowing for modifications of this recipe, by using just one of the chocolate elements and allowing for artistic juices to flow. Being such a chocoholic myself, of course I had to go with both the chocolate elements, which consist of the chocolate pastry cream and chocolate glaze!!

I have made choux pastry before but not in quite the same way as was required for this month’s recipe. I have to say; the idea of mixing in the eggs with a stand mixer into the dough is brilliant and it didn’t leave me with muscles like Popeye, should it have been a wooden spoon and brute force!!

The family enjoyed these really delicious éclairs and I certainly will be trying this recipe out once again. The only downside, I believe I should have left the chocolate glaze to harden off a little more before coating the tops of the éclairs.



32 comments:

Antonia said...

Wow - those eclairs look wonderful! Usually I'm not too keen on the filling for eclairs, but with these ones I'd be very happy. That chocolately middle looks to die for!

Katie said...

Your eclairs look great. I agree that the coux pastry took some beating.

Swati said...

Yummy..yummy..yummy....Will try this out tomorrow!!

Ivy said...

Wow, I love eclairs, tried to make them once but didn't turn out perfect. Yours look great. Shall definitely try this.

Emiline said...

This is the first DB post I've read!
The eclairs look delicious. I love eclairs!

Bellini Valli said...

Excellent job Rosie. These would cure any chocoholic cravings:D

James said...

Wow - talk about good timing! I have to make some of these for Saturday, though mini versions for an assiette of 5 desserts. I hope mine turn out as good as yours....

lilmizlynn said...

Rosie, your eclairs looks great! Yummy!!!! I had fun making them.. :)

Gloria (Canela) said...

Dear Rosie, your eclairs are absolutely georgeous and yummy!!! I love eclairs! xxGloria

Cakelaw said...

Lovely job Rosie - hope your hubby liked them.

farida said...

Your eclairs look great! I agree - it was such a great challenge - fun and easy! Loved it!

Grace said...

mmm...chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. nice work! :)

natalia said...

Rose , your eclaires are great ! Thank you for always leaving feedbacks on my very poor posts : I'll improve ! I'm curious about next bake ! Ciao

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Great job! It's always so good to give delicious treats to the family.

Half Baked said...

Great job! Your eclairs look delicious!!

Dhanggit said...

your eclair came out perfect!!you need any help to eat them??? im just one call away heheheh

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

They look fabulous Rosie, wasn't this month just such a great challenge.

glamah16 said...

Looking rich and so yummy.

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Great eclairs Rosie,I loved this months challenge.

Rosie said...

Hi Antonia, thank you and I hope you are feeling better soon :)

Hi Katie, lovely to *see* you here and many thanks for your kind words :)

Hi Swati, Oh I do hope you will try these out they are really scrummy :)

Hi Ivy, oh sweetie that sucks when things don’t turn out! I hope you have better luck with this recipe :)

Hi Emiline, thank you sweetie :)

Hi Val, lol yes they would cure any chocoholic cravings :)

Hi James, I bet yours will be gorgeous and mini ones are fantastic – happy baking :)

Hi ilmizlynn, they were fun t make and thank you for your kind words :)

Hi Gloria, thank you sweetie you are SO kind :)

Hi Cakelaw, hubby loved them heehee, I didn’t get much of a look in ;)

Hi farida, thank you and yes it was such fun :)

Hi Grace, many thanks :)

Hi natalia, ahh sweetie thanks and your blog is looking excellent :)

Hi Sherry Trifle, you have it spot on with families enjoying treats – thank you for your kind words :)

Hi Half Baked, thank you sweetie :)

Hi Dhanggit, of course you are most welcome to some :)

Hi George, thank you sweetie :)

Hi Coco, many thanks :)

Hi Erika, it was a lovely challenge wasn’t it!

Many thanks for all your kind comments and for calling by always lovely to *see* you here.

Best wishes Rosie x

Kelly-Jane said...

Oh my that looks so good, the oozy filling, yum! Well done.

Kevin said...

Nice looking eclairs! I ended up mixing the eggs in with the wooden spoon.

Uma said...

OMG! the eclairs look gorgeous and perfect Rosie!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Your Eclairs look great and ever so delicious! Very well done!

Cheers,

Rosa

Lore said...

Chocolate eclairs are an all-time favourite of mine and these are perfect, yum!

Aparna said...

I know I'm late but I finally got here!:)
Your eclairs look really "sweet". They couldn't be anything but good.

Aparna said...

I'm a bit late but I finally got here!:)
I knew your eclairs would be looking good. They couldn't be anything else.

Rosie said...

Hi K.J. thank you sweetie and it was a lovely recipe to work with shame about me not leaving the glaze to thicken just a little more!

Hi Kevin, that is how I normally make choux pastry too with a wooden spoon mixing and beating it all together. Never made it this way as per recipe before – I live and learn lol

Hi Uma, ahhh thank you sweetie, you are so kind :)

Hi Rosa, thank you how sweet of you :)

Hi Lore, passing you one over ---here you go sweetie ;)

Hi Aparna, awe thanks sweetie! Gosh I can’t talk I seem to be playing catch all the time with comments these days!

Many thanks everyone for calling by and also for your very kind comments :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Divya Vikram said...

Just Perfect!

Rosie said...

Thank you Divya and lovely to *see* you here :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Deborah said...

Wonderful eclairs! I wish I had one here!

Ruth E said...

Great eclairs Rosie! They were very tasty weren't they?