Friday, April 15, 2011

FFWD - Vanilla Eclairs


Vanilla Eclairs, or as I like to call them, French Pastry 101.


When I saw Vanilla Eclairs on the French Fridays with Dorie list for April I thought to myself, "Holy crap, we are getting serious now!"


Reading through the instructions it struck me that this really three basic French pastry basics; cream puff dough (or pate a choux), pastry cream, and ganache. I have successfully made all three of these individual recipes before so there wasn't any reason I couldn't do it again and smoosh them all together to create a classic pastry.


The cream puff dough came together beautifully. I didn't have the correct pastry tip so I just used the pastry bag sans tip to create the eclairs. My eclairs cooked more quickly than Dorie indicated they would and I had to pull them out before using the wooden spoon to wedge the oven door open trick.


The pastry cream was a breeze to make and I had a tray full of filled eclairs in no time. I opted to make a chocolate ganache frosting to finish the eclairs. Consisting of only two ingredients, the ganache should have been the easiest component to execute. Lesson learned: you can't use milk, even whole milk, in place of cream when making ganache. I knew it was a long shot but finding myself out of cream and preparing to leave for a trip the next morning, I decided to take a gamble. My frosting was more glaze than frosting and sort of seeped into the delicate pastry. The taste was fine but the end result was less attractive than I had hoped for and quite messy to eat.


All in all, this was a fun recipe to try and I feel quite fancy saying I can make eclairs! To check out how the rest of the Doristas did this week, visit French Fridays with Dorie.
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14 comments:

  1. This one was a little easier than some version I tried before, but I probably don't have the patience to do this often (although, I am sure the peeps wish I would).
    Glad you enjoyed your "smoosh"!

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  2. You know, I like the drizzled glaze look of your frosting. Great gamble!

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  3. This was my first attempt at eclairs and I feel quite fancy too!

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  4. Yeayyy...we've all successfully attempted eclairs! And I'm loving the fact that there are so many variations just within the FFWD group, including your tasty-looking ones!

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  5. Mine were drizzled in chocolate ganache too :) your ├ęclairs look good, messy deliciousness sounds good to me!

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  6. Hey, these wouldn't be great if you didn't have to lick all that chocolately goodness off your fingers! They look terrific!!

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  7. The pastry cream was plenty rich- I'm sure the glaze was wonderful on these!

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  8. I think the chocolate drizzled on the eclairs looks great! And I'm sure so yummy!

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  9. I love that you've made each step on it's own so it wasn't so daunting for you. And then you created a wonderful product. A little jealous....
    :)

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  10. They look great! Mine had some problems.

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  11. They look wonderful, Candy. I would sure love one of those right now!

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  12. Great picture! Definitely looks like it made for some delightfully messy eating.

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  13. It seems like the mess was worth it, they look delicious!

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