Saturday, my sister and I checked one of my items to bake in 2012 off the list: homemade eclairs (we made them completely from scratch)! We made little 2-in eclairs....cute and yummy!
- 1/2- 3/4 cup milk (start with 1/2 cup, add if while cooking the cream thickens too much, gradually add the rest by tablespoons)
- 2 egg yolk
- 2 T sugar
- 1 1/2 T flour
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- dash salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pate a Choux
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 oz chocolate (we used milk)
- 1 teaspoon corn syrup
- 1 T butter
- First, prepare the pastry cream. Heat the milk in a saucepan until it begins to steam. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until very thick and yellow. Combine flour, cornstarch and salt, add to the eggs.
- Very slowly, pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, beating continuously. Rinse out the saucepan and pour the entire mixture into it.
- Heat over medium heat, stirring, and bring the mixture to a boil. Let boil for two minutes. Because the mixture will thicken a lot, you'll have to stop stirring every once in a while to check and see if it is actually boiling.
- Remove from heat, add vanilla extract. Store in a shallow bowl, with plastic wrap touching the surface of the cream. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before using.
- While the cream is chilling, begin preparing the pate a choux. Heat water, butter, sugar and salt in a saucepan until boiling. Add the flour to the boiling mixture all at once. Stir, over medium heat, until the mixture forms a ball and begins to pull away from the pot. Cook, stirring, for another two minutes.
- Transfer paste to a bowl, beat the mixture, either by hand or with an electric mixer, for a few minutes to cool it off. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until a smooth, shiny paste forms.
- Divide the pate a choux into 8 pieces, and spoon each onto a prepared baking sheet. With damp fingers, shape the eclairs into smooth rectangles, making sure that there are no seams on each section.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 400, reduce heat and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. The eclairs should puff up a lot and be a deep, golden color. With a toothpick, poke a small hole into each eclair. Let cool completely before filling.
- While the eclairs are cooling, make you glaze. Microwave the chocolate and the corn syrup until the chocolate melts, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Once the chocolate has melted, add the tablespoon of butter. Set aside.
- Once the pastries are cool, either pipe the cream into them, or cut in half carefully and spoon some filling into each one. Drizzle the glaze on top of each eclair. Let sit for about 20 minutes for the glaze to set.
- Eat! :D
These were seriously delicious!!!! :D
Before I go, I just want to talk about something that I really had to deal with over our vacation. I'm the type of person who does pretty much the same thing every day and has a routine to follow. Going on a trip right in the middle of the week was definitely not in my regular schedule. I wouldn't be eating things that I was used to eating, wouldn't have the opportunity to exercise like I usually do, and would just be living in a completely different environment for a few days. This was really stressful at first because the eating disordered/OCD side of me was panicking at the thought of not having a plan for what I was going to be doing for that many days. However, I do believe that the experience really helped me a lot in overcoming some of my difficulties, as well as give me some time away from my typical environment to relax a little.
I did end up exercising some, but not as much as usual and mostly just to de-stress and not to get a kick-butt workout in. I was also sick (just a cold) during the vacation and it was nice to realize that it is OK if one week I don't workout like I usually would. All in all, I really enjoyed our family trip and believe that God used it to help me grow.
That's about it for today....see ya'll later!
What is your favorite dessert?
My dad's all-time favorite pastries are actually eclairs. A couple of nights ago I went through my to-bake list with my family and asked them what sounded good. My dad immediately said that he was most excited about the eclairs!
Are you a routine person? If so, what do you do to avoid getting stuck doing the same thing every day?