August 31, 2008

Daring Bakers make Chocolate Eclairs

This month's recipe was chosen by Meeta of What's for Lunch Honey? and her co-host, Tony of Olive Juice. A chocolate eclair recipe from Pierre Hermé!

I have made cream puffs many times in my life and I have even blogged about them. The challenging part to me was actually forming the pastry dough into an eclair shape. EH, I don't think I did too awful bad.


The day I made the eclairs was the day we had a family tragedy and I didn't get great photos. I was thinking because we like to eat these, I would make them again, but alas, I didn't get the chance. I probably will attempt the eclair shape again. I didn't have horrible luck. It isn't often that I mess up cream puff dough (but it can happen!). My eclairs puffed up nicely and for the pastry cream I used the one I posted here - with butterscotch schnapps - totally by accident! I was going to use amaretto in the pastry cream and I grabbed the wrong bottle! Oh well, the pastry cream tasted great anyway!

To see what my fellow Daring Bakers did with their challenge this month, check out the blogroll. I had some pretty amazing previews in our DB Challenge forum so you don't want to miss out!

67 comments:

  1. Ohhh I think your "mistake" was definitely a keeper - butterscotch filling.. *swoon*

    Another beautiful challenge, sweetie!!

    xoxoxo

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  2. Oh dear...hope all is Ok now? This is a pretty neat challenge...good for you. Can imagine the amaretto fiasco...LOL..I put a tbsp of coffee into the kids milk this morning iso nesquick!! My kids couldn't figure out what was wrong!! You should have seen their faces!!

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  3. Like the way your filled your eclairs and the raspberries are a great addition. I can imagine the butterscotch schnapps going so well with them.

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  4. Your éclair looks just beautiful! I hope everything is ok now... and I love your accident - boozing things up is always a good idea!

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  5. I hope your family is okay...
    Beautiful pastry -- nice and plump, crisp looking. Very nice. The butterscotch sounds delicious!

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  6. HB, I hope things are as well as they can be for you. Always in visiting I see such a great optimism and acceptance of how things are in your posts!
    As for the butterscotch filled eclairs....what a perfect mistake they turned out to be!!!

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  7. These look great! Hope your family is ok !

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  8. The look of your eclairs totally amazing and the butterscotch schnapps pastry cream you must of been in 7th heaven. Sorry to hear about your tragedy.

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  9. The éclairs look great...I love the raspberries on top. I hope your family is okay.

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  10. That drippy chocolate gets me every time.

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  11. They turned out beautiful!
    I hope that the family issues are getting better (not sure of the right terms to use but know that you are in my thoughts)

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  12. I think that your mistake sounds wonderful! Fantastic looking eclairs!

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  13. Don't worry about pictures. There are days that other things are more important.

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  14. "Accidents" like yours, like using the wrong liqueor in a recipe, are what leads to new and exciting food. Brownies were invented when a baker accidentally left the leavening agents out of a cake batter! Nice job.

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  15. Your chocolate eclairs are very seasonal with a marriage of raspberries. The perfect combination!!!!!!!

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  16. Of course you did not do it so awful! You did great, they look delicious with the raspberries!

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  17. Came back because I just noticed we were commenting on each others blogs at the same time! Lol! Was that funny or what?

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  18. Hope everything is okay now. I used fruit and mine and love it.

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  19. Looks like a happy mistake indeed!! :-) I wish I could have tasted your experiment!

    On another note though I am sorry to hear that you had a tragedy. I hope everything is ok!

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  20. These months always seem so short when trying to squeeze in the daring baker challenge and make it perfectly, huh? Don't worry, your eclairs still look great!

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  21. Uuuh... raspberries inside sound delicious!
    Sorry you couldn't enjoy yout éclairs so much due to your family tragedy. Hope everything is alright.

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  22. Oh, girlfriend, it's been much too long! Sorry for being absent for such a long time. I can see that you have been keeping quite busy.

    Sorry to hear about family tragedy. I hope things are OK.

    Your eclairs look divine! It sounds like you are a pro at these puff pastry - I could have used your mentoring (or at least your schnapps!).

    Big kisses to you & I am back on track with keeping up with my favorite bloggers.

    xoxox Amy

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  23. I hope everything is okay. Glad you got some nice photos of your yummy eclairs.

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  24. They look really good! I love the raspberry addition.

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  25. The fresh whole raspberries look great in your delicious looking eclairs!

    Also, thanks for the kind comment on my blog. :-)

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  26. Butterscotch filling. Yummy!!! LOve the raspberries.

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  27. The butterscotch flavor sounds wonderful! I hope that things have settled down for you!

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  28. Arghh!! The raspberry and the pastry cream looks tempting. Luscious cream encased within a fluffy and firm choux puff, what's not to love?

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  29. Butterscotch schnapps! That sounds really yummy. I love the raspberries, too!

    FWIW, I am a civil engineer. My company name is CivilGrrl Engineering! No kidding! :)

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  30. so pretty with the raspberries. also, i had fun looking around your blog. i love to meet a fellow canner~ thanks for the welcome!

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  31. Looks fantastic...almost like a dessert hotdog! ;-) YUM!

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  32. Beautiful! I really like the raspberries in the filling.

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  33. Sorry about the family tragedy, hope things are better soon.

    The raspberries add such a freshness...wish I'd thought to add fresh fruit. It looks beautiful!

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  34. These turned out very pretty and look so tasty!

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  35. I should have used Raspberries, they are my favorite...yours look wonderful! I wish I had more to eat now while looking at everyone's. I'm hungry!

    BonoboCakes

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  36. what?! your eclairs look beautiful!! Let me know whenever you want to make eclairs again and I'll make them too :)
    (the pastry cream link didn't open though... I'm dying for more pastry cream and the butterscotch addition sounds delicious! haha)

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  37. Omigosh, that looks good! Butterscotch - awesome - and I love the addition of berries.

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  38. wow, those look so good w/the raspberries!

    i'm sorry to hear about your family tragedy :(

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  39. I love that you used fresh fruit as a filling. I think that I may use this as a way to sneak fruit into my kids snacks!

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  40. I'm so sorry to here about your family... I hope everything is better now.
    The éclairs are beautiful! I love the addition of fresh berries.

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  41. Wow, talk about beautiful eclairs. I love the pairing of chocolate and raspberries. You had a great challenge!

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  42. Sooooooooooooooooo yummy with those raspberries... Mmmmm.

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  43. I hope everything's okay with your family now? These look fabulous; butterscotch snapps pastry cream sounds like a very happy accident to me XD.

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  44. nice job! I love the raspberries. Im sorry to hear your family is going through a hard time. Life can be So unexpected at times. take comfort in each other.

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  45. Ummm raspberries so yummy. Hope you all are OK now

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  46. Hope everything is ok now. I like your filling!

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  47. It looks great. I am sure it tasted even better! Good job!

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  48. Butterscotch filling sounds fabulous, and the addition of raspberries - drool.

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  49. I love chocolate and raspberries. I'm sure I would love these!

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  50. great job on the challenge! i'm glad that your mistake turned out well.

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  51. Hmmm... butterscotch. Funny how mistakes often create new recipes! :) Looks great!

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  52. Yum! I like the addition of fresh raspberries on your eclairs. I bet they tasted great.

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  53. I think your eclairs are perfectly shaped! I hope all is OK with your family.

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  54. Nice eclairs! I like the raspberries in them!

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  55. Ooo, yum! Your eclairs look amazing, especially the raspberries... Mmm!

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  56. Beautiful eclairs despite the Tragedy! I bet they were delish!

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  57. Beautiful eclairs despite the Tragedy! I bet they were delish!

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  58. it looks pretty damn good to me! love the raspberries peeking out from the glaze and the pastry cream. and butterscotch schnapps? I'd like to raid your liquor cabinet!!!

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  59. Hmm raspberries buried in pastry cream slathered with chocolate glaze. How can you go wrong with that?

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  60. Sorry to hear you had a sad event on baking day. I find that coincidences like that can change the way I feel about a food. Glad to hear you can still face eclairs!

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  61. Your eclair is dripping a lot of chocolate goodness. Looks very good to me.
    Hope everything is ok at home now.

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  62. Your option for raspberries is wonderful. Love yours!

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  63. Your eclair looks great! I love the additional touch of the raspberries.. Awesome!
    I hope things are well for you and your family.

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