Chocolate Eclairs & Cream Puffs recipe

Chocolate Eclairs and Cream Puffs

Here’s a great recipe that I found online:

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Makes about 12 small eclairs or about 18 cream puffs

Dough
6 tbsp (¾ stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 tsp sugar
½ tsp kosher salt
¾ cup water
¾ cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs

Cream
4 large egg yolks
⅓ cup sugar
4 tbsp cornstarch
One pinch kosher salt
1 cup whole milk
1 ½ cup heavy cream, divided
½ tsp almond extract
2 tbsp (¼ stick) unsalted butter

NOTE: ice cream, custard or chocolate mousse can be substituted for cream filling

Glaze
¾ cup heavy cream
½ tsp kosher salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (1½ cups)
Toasted sliced almonds for topping

NOTE: Almonds are optional or top with any crushed nuts, sprinkles or other decorations

Instructions
1. Prepare dough: bring the butter, sugar, salt, and water to a simmer over medium heat in a medium saucepan, stirring with a wooden spoon to encourage the butter to melt. As soon as it comes to a boil, add the flour, stirring constantly, until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring the dough occasionally. (You don’t want the eggs to scramble in the next step.)

2. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously between each addition with a wooden spoon. The dough will break apart and slide around in the pot before it comes back together. Transfer the dough to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pipe the dough into 3-inch lengths about 3 inches apart. (For cream puffs, drop the dough in 2-tablespoon scoops about 3 inches apart on the prepared sheets. )With damp fingertip, flatten any points. Preheat to 450°F and bake until deep golden brown and puffed, rotating the sheets halfway through, 22 to
 26 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.

4. Prepare the cream: stir together the egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium bowl until smooth. Set a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl.

5. In medium saucepan, bring the milk and 1 cup of the heavy cream to a simmer over medium heat. Add a little bit of the warm milk mixture to the yolk mixture and whisk to combine. Repeat this process a few times until all of the milk mixture has been incorporated into the yolk mixture. Return the mixture to the pan.

6. Cook at medium-low heat, stirring constantly and making sure to get the edges, until the mixture begins to thicken, 2 to 4 minutes. (It’s helpful to have both a spatula and a whisk handy while making the custard. Switch between the two.) Let it come up to a very slow boil and cook for 1 minute more. Strain the custard through the sieve into a clean bowl, and stir in the butter and the almond extract. Press plastic wrap onto the surface of the cream and refrigerate until cooled completely.

7. Prepare the glaze: bring the cream and salt to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate and salt. Let the mixture stand for 1 minute and then whisk to make a smooth sauce.

8. Whip remaining ½ cup cream to soft peaks. Whisk the cooled almond cream to loosen it, then fold in the whipped cream. Transfer the cream to a pastry bag fitted with a fluted tip. Slice the top third off of each éclair and fill with cream. Dip the top of the top half in the glaze and replace it. (For cream puffs, insert the tip of the pastry bag into the bottom of each puff and fill. Dip the filled puffs in the glaze.) Top with almonds to serve.

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National Donut Day! And a tribute to Mitch Hedberg!

National Donut Day is Friday June 5th, 2015!

The first Friday of June each year is National Donut Day! Originally created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, you can get a FREE DONUT most places that serve donuts on Friday!National-Donut-Day

There are three other important doughnut celebrations: International Jelly-Filled Donut Day on June 8 (occasionally on June 9), “National Cream-Filled Donut Day” on September 14 and “Buy A Donut Day” on October 30.

National Donut Day! Time to eat the donuts!

National Donut Day! Time to eat the donuts!

National Donut Day!

National Donut Day! Cinnamon Roll!

A tribute to Mitch Hedberg:

Receipt for the donut...

Receipt for the donuts…

“I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I don’t need a receipt for the doughnut. I’ll just give you money and you give me the doughnut. End of transaction. We don’t need to bring ink and paper into this. I can’t imagine a scenario in which I would need to prove that I bought a doughnut. Some skeptical friend? ‘Don’t even act like I didn’t buy a doughnut, I’ve got the documentation right here. Oh wait, it’s back home in the file… under ‘D’, for ‘doughnut’…” ― Mitch Hedberg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWx6uA5aCrE

National Donut Day!

National Donut Day! Chocolate covered custard filled donut!

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Mmmm....Donuts.

Mmmm….Donuts.

What's your favorite kind of donut?

What’s your favorite kind of donut?

More Donuts!

More Donuts!

"Say HELLO to my little friends!" National Donut Day!

“Say HELLO to my little friends!”

Donuts from

Inflatable Donuts from “The Simpsons Take The Hollywood Bowl”

“MMMMMMM….Donuts.” ~ Homer Simpson

 

UPDATE: Saturday, June 6th, 2015

I SCORED! Two chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and nuts from Yum Yum Donuts and three old fashioned, a plain cake, a glazed and a chocolate covered from Winchell’s. They were warm and fresh and smelled so good…

Warm Fresh Donuts!

Warm Fresh Donuts!

National Donut Day!

National Donut Day! – Yum Yum Donuts

National Donut Day

National Donut Day! – Winchell’s Donut House

National Donut Day

National Donut Day – NO MORE DONUTS! 

The End.

 

 

National Donut Day! Yum Yum Donuts!

National Donut Day! (The Other D-Day! Continued from the previous blog)

The first Friday of June each year is also National Donut Day! Originally created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, you can get a FREE DONUT most places today!

Chocolate Custard Filled Donut (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Chocolate Custard Filled Donut – My favorite! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I just happened to find myself driving past the Yum Yum Donuts in North Hollywood today, which has been at this location since the 80’s, and since it was National Donut Day, I just had to stop and indulge my sweet tooth.

NOTE: It’s a good place but avoid it before and after the high school rush!

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

National Donut Day at YUM YUM Donuts in North Hollywood (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

From Wikipedia: “Yum-Yum Donuts is a chain of 64 California doughnut shops. Founded in 1971 by Phillip C. Holland, the original location at Avenue 26 and Figueroa Street in Highland Park, a district of Los Angeles, is still in operation. The company also owns the older and larger Winchell’s Donuts chain, which Yum-Yum purchased in 2004. The headquarters for both chains is located in the City of Industry.”

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

National Donut Day: What’s your favorite kind of donut? (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

What’s your favorite kind of donut? I picked up three “fancies”: a chocolate covered custard filled, a glazed raspberry jelly filled, and a cinnamon roll. I asked if they were giving free donuts, so she threw in one of the small sugar covered “sweet cream cheese” filled (as seen on the top shelf of the photo above)

I like all kinds of donuts: cake, cruellers, twists, glazed, filled, sprinkles, beignets, profiteroles, bear claws, fritters, old fashioned, holes….who doesn’t like donuts?

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Warm and Fresh “to Go” Donuts on National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

They have a sit-down, eat-in area in the shop, but I got mine “To Go” and took them home. I ate the little “freebie” which was soft pastry dough filled with a sweet cream filling similar to a cheese danish. It was good, but one was not enough. Then, I inhaled the glazed raspberry filled jelly donut. Light and airy, with the right amount of jelly, a real thing of beauty! Yum!

I waited awhile until the chocolate covered custard cream filled sugar bomb started calling my name, then slowly enjoyed every bite. A thing of perfection! Yum Yum! I’m pretty sure that it’s my favorite kind of donut when it’s done right. So, that left just the cinnamon roll and I saved that one for tomorrow, the day after National Donut Day. Yum Yum Yum!

National Donut Day (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Cinnamon Roll for Tomorrow, the day after National Donut Day! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There are three other doughnut holidays: “International Jelly-Filled Doughnut” Day is the day after on June 8 or 9. “National Cream-Filled Doughnut” Day is September 14 and “Buy A Doughnut” Day falls on October 30.

YUM YUM DONUTS11699 Magnolia Blvd (at Colfax, across the street from North Hollywood High) 818-760-9054 http://www.yumyumdonuts.com

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