Friday, April 15, 2011

Chocolate Eclairs - FFWD

Eclairs are one of my favorite desserts and these for FFWD are very good! We didn't fuss over the way they looked...we just made 'em and ate 'em. I opted for chocolate ganache icing instead of the white glaze. The recipe says to use 3/4 pound of chocolate which is way too much so I decided to go with 3/4 cup of cream per the recipe and add chocolate until it seemed right. I used about 1/4 pound of chocolate and that made a lot of ganache...more than I needed for the eclairs, however, my husband went heavy on the ganache...about three times more than I like :)

In the Cream Puff dough, I substituted 1/8 cup of sprouted whole spelt flour for 1/8 cup of all-purpose flour; not a lot but it added some nutrition and it worked fine. I also changed the baking time & temperature...I baked the puffs for 10 minutes at 425º, then 10 minutes (maybe 15?) at 375º, then turned oven off and left the puffs in for 10 minutes after making a small venting stab in each puff with a paring knife.

11 comments:

  1. I agree, chocolate ganache topping is the best! I like your use of spelt flour in the choux dough, I think I'll try that the next time I make these.

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  2. The Spelt sounds interesting and didn't change the look of the dough! Your Eclairs look great!

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  3. Love them. You made them just the way eclairs were meant to be made :-)
    I have to say the extra ganache and pastry cream went really well together on a spoon that ended up in my mouth...

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  4. Spelt flour? You evil genius! I might just have to try that!

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  5. Tricia and I went with the vanilla glaze but I think next time I
    would like to try the chocolate ganache. Yours look fantastic.

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  6. Yours look just as eclairs should. It's nice to know that you can play with the flour in the recipe, too.

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  7. Your shells are perfectly puffed. I'm impressed that you needed to vent them. Mine didn't puff enough for that. Gorgeous work!

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  8. I have read a recipe that uses all spelt flour to make pate choux for churros. I am guessing it could also work out for these. Your ganache looks so smooth!

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  9. Thanks for visiting, everyone! Yes, extra pastry cream and ganache have been good snacks over the last few days!

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  10. Oh my gosh! How have I been missing your posts in my Google Reader?? Something is afoot. Anyway, your eclairs look DELICIOUS! Great post!

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