Saturday, January 1, 2011

Classic Chocolate Eclairs

Another Christmas gift I received was the 1950’s edition Betty Crocker cookbook. My grandma gave her original edition to my mom. Unfortunately, it is falling apart. The new cookbook is exactly the same as the original, except its hinges work. One of my grandma’s favorite recipes from it was the cream puffs. So, naturally the first recipe I made was a variation on that: chocolate éclairs. I made them for my Mother Agent’s Christmas package.  I made them mini and they were so cute!
1cup water
1/2cup butter or margarine
1cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
  1. Heat oven to 400ºF. In 2 1/2-quart saucepan, heat water and butter to rolling boil. Stir in flour; reduce heat to low. Stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until mixture forms a ball; remove from heat. Beat in eggs, all at once; continue beating until smooth.
  2. On ungreased cookie sheet, pipe dough 4x1in about 3 inches apart. Bake 15 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool away from draft, about 30 minutes.
  3. Make one of the fillings (directions below). Fill puffs with filling. And ice with chocolate. Cover; refrigerate until serving. Store covered in refrigerator.
3 tablespoons shortening
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

How to make Glossy Chocolate Frosting

Melt shortening and chocolate in saucepan over low heat.
Stir in remaining ingredients; beat until smooth.
Place pan of frosting in bowl of ice and water; continue beating until of spreading consistency.

Custard Filling
-Mix in sauce pan: 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 6 tbsp AP flour. 
-Stir in 2 c milk or cream. Cook on low heat, stirring until it boils. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir a bit into...
-4 egg yolks beaten. Blend into hot mixture in saucepan and put back on heat. Bring to boiling point. Cool and blend in 1 tsp vanilla.

1 comment:

  1. i didn't know betty crocker had a cookbook
    what i do know is her devil chocolate cake with chocolate icing is to die for, we had it for new years eve...