Topic: Dreadful Eclairs

Alex    -- 02-09-2012 @ 2:41 PM
  I really need a tip here. I have followed a few eclair recipes, from written to youtube, and they NEVER rise. Never! What am I doing wrong? I'm already a few dozen eggs into this and have zero to show for it. Arg!!!

dcoleiro    -- 02-11-2012 @ 2:38 PM
  It isn't about how many eggs you are using.  Sounds like you are using too many already.  Try this:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1 cup AP flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 large eggs - room temperature

In a pan combine butter and water. Bring to a boil, stirring until butter melts completely.

Reduce heat to low, add flour and salt. Stir vigorously until mixture leaves the sides of the pan and begins to form a stiff ball.

Remove from heat.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  (This is the important part - you really have to add them 1 at a time and beat in completely).  Use a spoon and muscles - not a mixer.

Spoon out 9 shapes onto a greased or parchment-paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake at 450 for 15 minutes.  Turn down the heat to 325 and bake for 20 minutes until you hear a hollow sound when you tap them.

Remove right away to a wire rack and cool completely.  Once cool, cut off the top and scoop out the middle.  The middle you throw away.

Fill with cream or pudding and Bob's your uncle!


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