The girls seemed perfectly happy with them. I am a tougher critic. The fun part of the whole eclair adventure was doing them together. Get a bunch of people in one room, give them a pastry bag and the energy instantly changes!
1/2 cup non fat milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
5 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
2 cups whole milk
1/2 vanilla bean, split
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbls. cornstarch
1/2 cup + 1 Tbls. sugar
2 large eggs
4 Tbls. unsalted butter
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1 tsp. light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
preheat oven to 425*. Line baking sheets with parchment
• In a heavy saucepan combine the milk, water, salt, sugar, & butter & place over med heat until the butter melts and the mixture comes to a full boil. Add all the flour, stirring vigorously. Keep stirring until it forms a smooth mass and pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 3 minutes.
• transfer the mixture to a standing mixer w/paddle attachment. add the eggs, one at a time and beat on medium high speed. it should be thick, smooth & shiny.
• transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with #6 or 7 tip. Pipe out 5” long logs, spacing 2” apart.
• bake until puffed about 10 minutes. reduce oven temp to 375*, until they feel hollow, about 12 minutes. they should be nicely browned all over.
•let cool on racks. they should be used immediately or tightly wrapped and frozen (up to 3 weeks)
have a bowl ready for cooling the pastry cream with a fine-mesh sieve resting on top.
• pour the milk into a heavy saucepan. split the vanilla bean half length wise and use the tip of a sharp knife to scrape the seeds from the pod halves into the milk. add the salt, place over medium high heat, and bring to just under a boil, stirring occasionally.
•meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, whisk the cornstarch & sugar. add the eggs and whisk until smooth
• when the milk is ready, slowly ladle about 1/3 of the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. pour the egg mixture back into the hot milk and continue to whisk over medium heat until the custard is thick like whipped cream. this must come to a boiling point but don’t let it curdle.
• remove from heat and pour through the sieve into the bowl. let cool 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
• cut the butter into 1 tablespoon pieces. when the pastry cream reaches 140*, whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time.
• to cool, cover with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap directly onto the cream.
• pastry cream will keep well covered for 5 days in the fridge
combine the chocolate & the corn syrup in a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream to just under a boil in a small saucepan. pour the cream over the chocolate, wait about 2 minutes and then stir gently with a rubber spatula, until smooth and shiny
• let cool until just warm
stir the pastry cream (must be very cold) and spoon it into a pastry bag. Punch a hole in each end of the pastry shell and fill 1/2 way on each side. fill until they feel heavy
dip each filled eclair into the glaze, shaking gently to allow the excess to drip off and then place upright on a wire rack. allow to set.
can be refrigerated for up to 6 hours. they should be eaten the same day