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Chocolate Eclairs

Eclairs

Recipe by Chitra Ahluwalia Pal of New York, US

Originated in France during the nineteenth century. An ├ęclair is a long, thin pastry made with choux pastry filled with a cream and topped with icing. Try it.

Ingredients vegetarian 8 servings


    Pastry:

    • 1 cup water
    • 1 stick margarine or butter
    • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
    • 4 eggs

    Filling:

    • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 cups milk
    • 3 eggs, beaten
    • 2 tsp vanilla

    Icing:

    • 2 (1-ounce) squares chocolate
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup whipping cream

    Directions

    Pastry

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Heat water and margarine or butter to boiling point.
    3. Add flour and stir constantly until mixture is smooth and forms a ball.
    4. Remove from heat and let cool.
    5. Beat in 4 eggs, 1 at a time and once incorporated, place into a pastry bag.
    6. On a greased cookie sheet, pipe out dough in thick lines that form éclairs.
    7. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until light brown. Set aside to cool.

    Filing

    1. In a medium saucepan, prepare filling by whisking together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and salt.
    2. Whisk in about 1 cup milk and cook over low heat, stirring often, until thickened or the consistency of mayonnaise.
    3. Add the rest of the milk and then temper in 3 beaten eggs and continue to cook until mixture is even thicker.
    4. Remove from heat, cool and add vanilla.
    5. With a serrated knife, slice pastry puffs lengthwise, but not all the way through.
    6. Pipe custard mixture into the center.

    Chocolate Icing

    1. Melt chocolate for icing, add sugar and cream.
    2. Cook over medium heat until soft ball stage. Let cool and beat until smooth. Ice tops of the éclairs.
    3. Melt 4 tbsp of white semi sweet chocolate in a sauce pan.
    4. When the Chocolate icing has been cooled down drizzle white chocolate diagonally with the help of pastry piping and let it cool down.

    Comments

    Recipe-tryer

    Recipe-tryer

    i just wanted to noe if vanilla is vanilla essence???? pls reply soon........

    shamama

    shamama

    its so ravishing.... i wish to eat it right now.... send me some pl