Chocolate Eclairs

                       I made these Eclairs for New Years Eve and I decided it was about time I shared this recipe! many people complemented me on these eclairs saying that they were “amazing and delicious”! And I have got to say that I agree with them! These were very good, but they are a bit time consuming so if you want to make these, plan ahead! I adapted this recipe from my recipe book “1001 cupcakes, cookies, and other tempting treats. But as the usual, I did tweak a few things so that the Eclairs would come out irresistible!

1. On Sunday, I completed my first shift for the SPCA! I am an official Junior Volunteer and I absolutely love it. I mean whats better than helping animals? I get to look at dogs for 4 hours and I get to make them feel more comfortable. The bad side is that I have a shift every 2 weeks so I won’t be able to work again until February 3rd. At least I have my dog, Pounder to keep me occupied. I love Pounder, he’s like the best and smartest dog ever!! My mom actually picked me up from the SPCA and she brought Pounder with her! I was so excited to see my adorable “puppy” after 4 hours of work. Well, I shouldn’t even call him a “puppy”, he’s about 105 pounds!

2. I did order my apron from Mamamadison as my early Birthday gift! I can’t wait to recieve it. I even ordered my apron to have “Amanda’s Little Bakery” embroidered on the front! I hope that the apron comes out as beautiful as I imagined it would be. But, I do fully trust mamamadison and I know that she will do an amazing job!

3. Well, I can’t believe that I hit 300 followers on Twitter! This is amazing! I never thought that I would get this far and I Thank all of my followers who believe in me! This was an amazing surprise and I’m just super grateful so Thank You.

Yield: 10 Eclairs

Choux pastry:
1/4 cup of butter, diced
3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
2/3 cup of water
2 medium eggs

Pastry Cream:
2 medium eggs,lightly beaten
4 tablespoons of granulated sugar
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
1 1/4 cups of milk ( I used 1% milk)
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Topping:
1/4 cup of butter
2 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
1 cup of confectioners sugar

1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Place the water and butter into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted. Then, bring it to a boil and and remove from the heat.

3. Place the water-butter mixture into a stand mixer bowl, or large bowl.

4. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix together the flour with the butter-water mixture. Then, add in the eggs and beat until a glossy and smooth mixture is formed. 

5. Place the mixture into a piping bag and pipe ten 3 inch long eclairs.
6. Bake the eclairs for 25 minutes in the oven.

7. Place the Eclairs on a cooling rack and let them cool for 5 minutes.

8. Cut each Eclair in half (lengthwise).
9. Make the Pastry Cream: Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix together the eggs and sugar until  thick and creamy.

10. Fold in the Cornstarch. Heat the milk in a saucepan until it is almost boiling.

11. Than, pour the milk into the bowl with the egg mixture and whisk together.

12. Transfer the new mixture back into the saucepan and cook gently, stirring until it is thick (like the picture above). Fold in the vanilla and remove the cream from the heat.

13. Cover the saucepan and let the Pastry Cream cool. (This will take about 10-15  minutes).

14. Pipe the Pastry Cream onto one of each pair of Eclairs. So, you should have 10 out of 20 halves of the Eclairs covered with the Pastry Cream.
15. Place the other halves of the Eclairs on top of the half covered with the Pastry Cream. You should Now have 10 full Eclairs with the Pastry Cream in the middle.
16. Place the Eclairs (still on the cooling rack) onto a baking sheet. 
17. To make the Chocolate Coating: Heat the butter and milk in a saucepan untill the butter is melted.

18. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the confectioners sugar and cocoa powder until the mixture is smooth and  glossy.

19.  Spread the coating over the eclairs and ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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