Thursday, February 18, 2010

"E" is for "Eclair au Chocolat"

Bonjour from Campagne Maison


"Eclair au Chocolat"

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 cup boiling water

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 eggs


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease baking sheet. In saucepan, melt the butter in the boiling water. Add flour and salt all at once; stirring vigorously. Cook and stir until the mixture forms a ball that doesn't separate. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition about 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.

Put batter into a baggie. Cut a hole in one corner about the diameter of your thumb. Pipe the batter through this hole onto the cookie sheet. Make the eclairs about 4 inches long and about 3/4 inch wide. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. Remove for the oven; slit, removing any soft dough. Cool on wire rack.

Fill with your favorite pudding mix or fruit filling and frost with a chocolate icing. I filled these with a chocolate pudding which made them really rich--double chocolate whammy!!

This eclair recipe is leavened with steam and is a delicate pastry. When removed from the oven they have a tendency to collapse, so it is best to slit the eclair immediately and scoop out any soft inner membrane of dough. They are so light and crisp that I love to eat them at this stage--YUMO. Exposed to so many delicious desserts, just how do French women stay so skinny?

I am linking up with Alphabe-Thursday. Please go over to read all the other "E" words for today.

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company.

Au revoir et Bon appetit!

24 comments:

5thsister said...

I've had tummy troubles of late but this recipe and photo are making me HUNGRY! Thanks for sharing!

Riet said...

I love eclairs , delicious recipe.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

When I was growing up we had a bakery in town and I loved my eclairs filled with whipped cream!

Anonymous said...

oooooooooooooo, that looks gooooooooooooood. And I know it will be. Thanks for sharing. I hope to have some hot ones right from the oven one day. With hot coffee. On the porch.

My name is PJ. said...

This is absolutely the yummiest E!!!

Thanks for sharing the recipe. They look easier than I would've imagined!!

Viki said...

Is there anything better than an eclair. I don't think so. Looks yummy!

Together We Save said...

Oh my... how yummy. Wonderful pick for an "E"

Sarah said...

Jacque, this is one of my favorites, but we've not had good success making them to taste like the French ones. Your's looks delicious! When in France, I allow myself to purchase one of the mini eclairs. Then I don't feel so guilty!

Lorrie said...

Eclairs - oh how utterly scrumptious!

Jo said...

what a great pick for the E post, i love eclairs ... yummy yummy yummy!

Jackie said...

I love anything with chocolate.

laterg8r said...

yuuuuummmmmm :D

mbkatc230 said...

You had me at chocolate! What a great choice for E. Kathy

Sea Witch said...

OMG, this is one of my favorite of all pasteries...a fabulous eclair. I have never made them myself but this receipe looks like it may get me going. Jacque, you are the best and don't let anyone tell you different! Sea Witch

Jenny said...

Oh, oh, oh!

E clairs.

E xcellent.

Dang.

I just ran out of E words again.

Mrs. Matlock must be tired.

But Mrs. Matlock says ....yum!

A+

Please bring one to the teacher next week for an E xtra recess!

Prim2Pink said...

My Aunt (before she passed away) made the best chocolate eclairs. I will have to try your recipe to see if I can pass on the tradition.
Judy

Melinda Cornish said...

this is a very dangerous post for me...I love these things!

Monica said...

Oh my goodness....YUMM - EEE!!!

Amy said...

oh my! OH my! OH MY! Mmmmm...this may post may cause me to have a gain at WW this week!

Anna said...

Oh yummy! I wish I had one right here!
Best wishes
Anna
(E is for earrings)

mub said...

I don't know if I'm brave enough to try to make eclairs, but they sure look good!

GardenofDaisies said...

I love eclairs!

Catherine said...

I love éclairs , the coffee ones are my best. And the " Religieuses au chocolat et au café " !!! have a good week. Catherine

Ana said...

E for excellent recipe...:-) Can't believe it takes such few ingredients to make an eclair. Yummy! Sounds delish...

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana