Wow, so on Pinterest last week, I saw a link for a recipe for mini chocolate eclairs. My first thought was, why would anyone WANT a mini chocolate eclair? I want the whole thing, darn’t! My next thought was, of course, I need to make these. During the last week, I haven’t had any time for anything extra, so the thought of chocolate eclairs stuffed with pastry cream just percolated in the back of my brain. Until today.
Of course, finding the time to make them on a Sunday when my husband is at work and the little varmint wants to go outside every 5 seconds isn’t the easiest thing to do! After 2 failed nap attempts (and trust me, she NEEDED a nap, big time!) she finally succumbed to some warm milk and sheer exhaustion. Blowing dandelion seeds all over the yard can do that to ya. I got all my ingredients together and got to baking. For eclairs, you have to put together puff pastry or “choux” dough, then pipe it onto a baking sheet. I am not going to lie, when I got done piping, it kind of looked like I had a pan full of yellow doggie poop. I could only hope it would get better after some time in the oven!
Thankfully, the dough puffed like a dream (lost the poop look) and turned a stiff, crusty golden brown. Filled with cream and topped with chocolate, these babies are freaking perfection! I mean it- I like these things way too much! Its a good thing I have to save some to sell, or else this entire pan of pastries would be gone.
So at least the eclairs turned out well this week. I had a few mishaps and one teensy, weensy emotional breakdown over apple pie. Apparently, I should market apple pie filling as superglue! Since that’s how it worked between the cookie sheet and the bottom of the pie pan, which would NOT come off and I broke a knife trying to pry it up. Didn’t work and I will admit, I went momentarily insane driven by acute frustration for like, maybe 2 seconds. At the most. My cookie sheet now has knife holes in it from where I gave vent to my feelings. And this week, I am tackling an argument with the Health Department over a septic tank, so I’m thinking I might need to keep the knife and the cookie sheet handy. Or save 2 BIG eclairs just for me 🙂 I will let y’all know how it goes! Laters!