Monday, May 12, 2008

Chocolate cream eclairs

A delicious recipe for chocolate coated, cream filled eclairs.

Ingredients for the choux pastry:

2 cups water
3/4 cup butter
2 1/4 cups strong all-purpose flour, sifted
6 eggs

1. Place water and butter into a large saucepan and bring to the boil.

2. Remove the pan from the heat and throw in the flour in one go and beat well until dough comes away from the edges of the pan.

3. Allow to cool a little and then using and electric whisk beat in the eggs two at a time until you have a smooth and shiny mixture as in the photo below.

4. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a plain, wide tip. My bag has a plastic end on which to screw on metal tips so I just left it with no tip and piped like that.

5. Grease a cookie sheet and then sprinkle on a little water.

6. Pipe eclairs 2 inches long onto the cookie sheet as below.

7. Bake in an oven preheated to 375F for about 25 mins: until they are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before filling and icing.

8. For the filling you make a creme patissiere or simply whisk 300ml whipping cream with a little sugar. Spoon the whipped cream into the piping bag. Make a small slit in the side of each eclair and pipe in a little of the cream.

9. Now for the frosting:
4 tablespoons butter/margarine
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup icing/confectioners sugar
Melt the milk and butter together and then stir in the sifted sugar and cocoa and mix well. Allow to cool and then carefully spoon onto the top of each eclair. Refrigerate to allow the frosting to set and then let the kids loose!

If you want to make creme patissiere the recipe is as follows:
2 eggs
4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 tablespoons corn flour
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
Beat the eggs and sugar until creamy, add the cornflour. Heat the milk until not quite boiling then pour over the egg mixture beating constantly. Transfer to saucepan and cook on gentle heat, stirring constantly until thick. Stir in vanilla and remove from heat. When cooled pipe into eclairs as above.


Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaykum sister,

Masha'Allah this looks delicious. I copied the recipe although I am sure, as usual, it will be long before I try to make it. Maybe cuz I'm single and no one to cook for but myself (sniff sniff).

Thank you for sharing

Sonya said...

I want one (if not 3 lol) just looking at them! They look so so yummy macha'allah! :)

PS: Think i have managed successfully to add you onto msn finally after so many problems...

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

Well done sis, looks like you feeding an army there mashaAllah!

The Wahhabi Misanthrope said...

Dalioness: if you're depressed about being single, then bake two batches and eat them both yourself!

Fruitful Fusion said...

Assalaamu Alaykum,

So this is what you've been up to! ;)

They look yummy ma sha Allah!

Umm Ibrahim said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

Dalioness: They were wonderful and much appreciated by the kids, just third recipe if you want to try them for yourself. ;)

Sonya: can't see you on my msn list still. :( I really don't know what the problem is.

Rainbow: Think my kids are equal to an army, lol!

Wahhabi Misanthrope: The recipe is already tripled from the original! It seemed like a bit of effort to go to for so little output so I tripled.

Umm Hibaat: Yes these and MORE! ;)

Adventurous Ammena said...

interesting.. they look so easy to make, I never realised... although saying that before I try it :P masha'allah well done sis :D send em over!

Umm Ibrahim said...

Ammena - that mixture made about 65 small eclairs which were finished in less that 24 hours! lol. None to send anywhere, not even my neighbour got a look in!

Jana's Journeys said...

yummm they look so good, I'm not really that great of a cook...actually I suck so I'll just stick to making a simple cake

seekingtaqwa said...

masha'allah they look really delisious ....the ONLY time i ventured forth into the world of choux pastry i ended up with a ball of what looked and felt like cement on the bottom of my pan.... but maybe you've inspired me to have another go...

Umm Ibrahim said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

seekingtaqwa If I can make them, I'm sure you can! Masha'Allah you are more of a chef than me! Just make sure to use an electric beater to get some air into the dough before piping, also last time I made them, I would pipe a load onto 2 trays, bake, remove from oven, RE-beat the dough with the electric beaters before piping the next batch. I think that makes all the difference to be honest. :)

seekingtaqwa said...

jazakallahu khairaan for the tip...I can imagine the looks on my childrens faces if i cracked that recipe for sure...especially the teens....

Susie of Arabia said...

I haven't made these literally in decades - but thanks for reminding me how much I loved making them. I want to try to make them myself again this weekend!!! Thanks!