Chocolate Eclairs: Daring Bakers August Challenge
All of you who know me, know that I had a bakery way back when. I don't say that to boast, just to say that I've made my share of eclairs over the years. So, when The Daring Bakers Challenge came Chocolate Eclairs, I said, YAY! Finally, something I can make! The last 3 challenges have been way out of my ability to accomplish on a boat.
When I joined The Daring Bakers back in April, my first challenge was Cheesecake Pops. Piece of Cake! They came out great! Check out my link to see how cute they were. It was tough doing those on a boat too, mostly because I didn't have a freezer and had to "borrow" one. Then I hit a road block.
The second challenge in May was Opera Cake, and while I could have pulled it off in the bakery no sweat, it just wasn't happening on a boat! This recipe had 5 components and I just did not have the refrigeration, freezer or counter space to construct one of these cakes. OK, so I missed one. I'll catch up next month. HAH!
The Daring Bakers third challenge in June was a Danish Braid! WHAT? How can I make Danish with a hand held mixer? To further complicate things, I had no working oven! So, now what do I do? No mixer and no oven. Unless I made and kneaded the dough by hand and baked it under the hood on top of the car's manifold, I wasn't making the Danish Braid either! OK, so I'll catch up next month. DOUBLE HAH!
Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream
Here it was, the middle of an extremely hot & humid July, and someone decides that a Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream would be a heavenly Christmas Cake in the dead of summer. HELLO??? This recipe had like 8 separate recipes that needed to be made before assembly was even attempted! No way, no how. Couldn't do it, even if I wanted to. I later read that the poor host that month got lots of backlash for choosing such a recipe, but in her defense, Mele Cotte says, "For those who were not pleased, I wish I could have pleased everyone. Really! But, there's simply no way." OK, so I missed another one. I'll catch up next month. YES???
Chocolate Eclair Recipe
So, here we are at the end of August. I've missed three in a row and I was in danger of getting the ax. You can imagine my relief when finally, a challenge that I could participate in. I know some of the currently over 1000+ members are new to Pâte à Choux and were a little scared, but really, it is an easy recipe. After all the HUGE recipes before it, with multiple components, the Choclate Eclair Recipe only has three ~ 1) Pâte à Choux, (2) Pastry Cream, and (3) Chocolate glaze. We were also given a good amount of leeway with this challenge too.
Our hosts this month were Tony and Meeta K. The recipe of choice was Chocolate Eclairs from a Dorie Greenspan book; Chocolate Desserts By Pierre Hermé. Meeta also manages her own blog "What's For Lunch Honey" and also "The Daily Tiffin", which I will be contributing to in the near future. YAY! Meeta!
I'm not writing the whole recipe out for you, because it looks very long and drawn out and would probably take up half my blog! It really isn't though, it just has lots of useful information and tips in it. I'm sure if you were to make these a second time, it would come right back to you. Kinda like riding a bicycle! Thanks again to Tony and Meeta K. for choosing this recipe. Not only can you find the recipe by going to Meeta's blog, but she also included a great section titled "Éclairs 101: Tips & Tricks"
Check out The Daring Bakers blogroll for more Eclair treats!