Friday, 25 June 2010

Recipe 21 - Eclairs

This week it's eclairs. A good one is amazing. A poor one is a crushing disappointment.

And a great one? Divine!

I have my fingers crossed for ours. This recipe is from a great blog called Butter + Cream, who themselves got it from the incredible tartine.

I'm not going to include all of the instructions here, just the ingredient list - that's to encourage everyone to check out the lovely detailed descriptions and photos on Butter + Cream!

I'll have a discussion with Her and check what time frame we have to play with. If she's busy we may use whipped cream rather than the pastry cream recipe shown there. I know she'll worry about it after the vanilla slice episode! I think it'd be good for her though - get the custard / pastry cream monkey off her back.

For the pastry cream:
480 ml whole milk
1/2 vanilla bean
1/4 tsp salt
30g cornstarch
115g sugar
2 large eggs
60g unsalted butter

For the choux paste:
120 ml nonfat milk
120 ml water
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
115g unsalted butter
120g all purpose flour
5 large eggs

For the chocolate glaze:
115g bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 tbs light corn syrup
120 ml heavy cream

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