This month the Daring Bakers were given the arduous task of making Eclairs by our hosts Tony Tahhan and MeetaK. Either I am getting more used to these challenges or they are getting easier because this challenge ended with no disasters. For one thing I only halved the recipe this time, eating 12 eclairs in a day is hard enough but 24 would probably have put us into a sugar coma. I made the filling, which is the pastry cream, the day before yesterday. I chose to do just plain vanilla rather then the chocolate as I was worried it would be too rich plus without a microwave or dishwasher and with only two burners the idea of melting chocolate in another pan which I would then have to clean… yeah I don’t think so. Then yesterday afternoon I made the rest of the eclairs.
It was really fun making the Cream Puff Dough and using a pastry bag (ahem, I mean ziploc) to form them into the little logs. They puffed up perfectly in the oven (an oven which I watched like a hawk by the way, take that haunted oven) and were fun to put together.
Both J and I really liked these and unlike some of the other bloggers we really liked the richness of the filling and didn’t feel the need to mix it with whipped cream.