How to Give French Eclairs a Modern Makeover

Did you know French Eclairs are the new ‘it’ pastry? These retro desserts are making a huge comeback right now at you local chic bakery. But it’s even more fun to make them at home. Let you inner artist run wild when decorating!

Raise your hand if you devoured a many eclairs in your youth? This French pastry is made with pâte à choux, shaped in an oblong vessel that transports whipped cream or custard cream to your mouth, formerly finished off with a chocolate ganache. The new modern French eclair sheds it’s ganache coat for gorgeous and artistic edible works of art.

French eclairs

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Bakers Challenge: Croque en Bouche

Well I was reminded with this challenge that its not because you know how to make something that you will always succeed. i have made pâte à choux a many times in my life and always without a hitch basically….except this time. I don,t know why when I took them out of the oven they almost all deflated. I also forgot the egg wash but did put some on about 5 after for a prettier top. But my flat balls did not change the taste. I decided to for with a fort formation rather then a cone. I thought it would work better considering my flattened choux. It was a successful mistake!

The May 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Cat of Little Miss Cupcake. Cat challenged everyone to make a piece montée, or Croque en Bouche, based on recipes from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan and Nick Malgieri.

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