Teamwork. Attempting to create homemade eclairs was an intimidating concept. More frightening still, the thought that they might actually be quick and easy enough to jump into the kitchen at any time and whip up a batch. No one around here needs that temptation......
This past Sunday was a team effort for making our eclairs.
Since neither of our families needed 20 eclairs each, we
decided to share and make this recipe together. Having
Tricia's youngest son working with us was really lots of fun.
We were disappointed in the equipment we purchased
for the recipe, but mini eclairs are just as good as regular size.
Not too much guilt in two small ones. I should have taken
Dorie's advice and just used a plastic bag and
cut it to the correct size.
The recipe was relatively simple, the cream puff dough came
together well and the vanilla pastry creme was delicious.
We all loved the flavor of the baked eclair, but the fact that
they were so small led to trouble keeping them upright to fill.
After slaving over a hot stove all afternoon we decided
to treat ourselves to a pizza party and top it off with chilled eclairs.
Tomorrow we diet.....
While I always enjoy company in the kitchen,
additional help definitely made life easier with this one.
It was a fun experience but there were enough steps and
the results so decadent that I do not have to worry about
revisiting this one any time soon.
I don't recall having a Dorie recipe that has hit both
the "I liked it" and the "I will not be re-doing it"
categories in the same week.
After the recent stockpile of quick and easy standards,
it was actually a fun adventure to try something a bit
more challenging. And all the better to have a pizza
to wash down the efforts.
And those cute little "eclair papers" that I
got at Sur La Table ? Since they would have dwarfed
our eclairs (ours did not "magically" expand)
we did not end up using them.
Let's just say I am glad I kept the receipt.......
I added this photo of the eclair papers, since folks were curious.
Nana and I do love this store......