Sunday, August 31, 2008

First Daring Bakers Challenge-Eclairs!

I joined a baking group called The Daring Bakers and my first challenge was Eclairs! The recipe was chosen by Tony Tahhan and Meeta and comes from here. I was super excited to make these but waited until I had a good reason to make them, a coworkers birthday. We had a couple options with the recipe and I chose to make mine with a vanilla filling and a chocolate sauce on top.

I got all of the ingredients to make them and started baking. The dough was very easy to make, they puffed in the oven, which made me happy, and then I let them cool. I came back to see me beauties and they had fallen. I'm not sure what happened, but they were no longer puffed and beautiful. It was a little tricky to cut them since they were so thin, but I managed! I wanted a vanilla cream in the middle so I made one with the help of my good friend Martha Stewart, but she let me down. Her cream was not what I was looking for. So I turned to my other friend, Kraft Foods and used the recipe below for a super easy cream which I know is a winner! And then I covered them in chocolate!

I got mixed reviews but most people loved the eclairs. I however, didn't. I don't think that I'll make them again, ok I had a request for them so maybe 1 more time, but it was fun to experiment and go outside of my baking box! I can't wait for next months challenge!

Here is the recipe for the eclairs!
And here is the recipe for the vanilla filling I used:

2 cups cold milk
2 pkgs. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Mix the pudding mix and milk until thick. Then fold in the Cool Whip topping until combined. Place the mixture in a large resealable plastic bag and place in the fridge until ready to use.


Lunch Buckets said...

That's so funny that used Jello pudding for your filling. I made the chocolate as posted - and thought it tasted like Jello pudding - only not as good!

Eat4Fun said...

Congratulations on completing your first DB Challenge! The eclairs definitely look good!

silverrock said...

Welcome to the daring bakers group... your eclairs look lovely, and chock-full of chocolatey goodness.