I regularly drool over some of Meeta's creations. So when she teamed up with Tony to bring us this month's Daring Baker Challenge, I knew it would be drool worthy. Add in the name Pierre Hermé, and you are almost guaranteed the need for extra napkins.
Eclairs, eclairs, oh lovely eclairs!
How come I only made these once this month? Oh yes, too many other things going on. And they were good. Very good. Dangerously, too easy to eat, good.
Meeta and Tony had a few rules: use the choux pastry recipe given (I did). Keep one of the chocolate components chocolate. I went for the chocolate sauce rather than the glaze, and made the pastry cream recipe give, but removed the chocolate and replaced it with vanilla.
Did I mention these were good? I ended up only eating half of one, but I served these to out of town guests and at least one of the friends ate three. He might have eaten more, but I'd run out.
Thanks to advice from Helen, I knew I could make the choux pastry ahead of time, pipe out the eclairs, and freeze them. Good thing too, as I planned to make these for our guests, but was short on time and did not want to spend our entire short visit cooking. Instead I threw together the dough (easy as can be), pipped the eclairs onto parchment and froze them, baking them off shortly before we were going to eat them.
The pastry cream came together without a single issue. It was great as vanilla, so I really have no desire to try it as chocolate. (I know this might shock some people, but I am finding I don't want as much chocolate as I used to - however that bacon sitting on the counter, left over from dinner, is calling me.... Eat me! Eat me! Eat me!)
I had a small issue with the chocolate sauce - the recipe says it will take 10-15 minutes, at a low, gentle boil, stirring constantly, to thicken up. Nope. Try 45 minutes. And only because I turned the heat up. Way up. If I'd have had a bit more patience (and no one around me waiting for dessert), I might have let it thicken a touch more, but I didn't. Hence it isn't as thick as a glaze might be on the eclairs. Which didn't in any way affect the flavor of this dessert.
This months' challenge is making to my list of 'make again' desserts. But only when I have company willing to help eat it, so I don't have to eat too much of it myself.
Thanks Meeta and Tony for a great choice. Now head out into the world to read the 1000+ other posts about eclairs. Just be sure to leave me a note and let me know you've been by first!
Feel free to play along.
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. (actually can anyone tell me how you cross out words on blogger, I can't figure it out)
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
Not an amazing result, 54 out of 100, but I do have a few that I am unsure of. Course I don't get out as much as I used to and didn't used to care as much about food when I could get out, so I wasn't paying much attention then. Oh well, excuses to go out and try new things!
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare (iffy, maybe have, maybe haven't)
5. Crocodile (doesn't have much taste, as far as I remember)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
9. Borscht (I seem to remember making some once actually, it wasn't a popular family dish)
10. Baba ghanoush (well, this is a maybe - I don't like eggplant, but I can't remember.)
13. PB&J sandwich (And I'm sorry to say, I hate it, it makes me want to v****)
14. Aloo gobi (I think so, had Indian buffet once and ate everything they had.)
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses - I don't even know what this is
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (I'm not stupid)
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda (huh?)
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi (is this like a mango lassi but with salt?)
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (thanks but no thanks, I'm a cheap date)
37. Clotted cream tea (I wish!)
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects - I like what Mary says here: (Does swallowing a bug while on the back of a motorcycle count?)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (I don't care how much it cost, I'm not really interested)
46. Fugu - again, what is this?
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
54. Paneer (I understand this tastes like nothing, but has a rubbery texture, so I haven't run out to try it, based on that description)
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
60. Carob chips (oh boy was that fun! not!)
66. Frogs’ legs (and I tell my kids they taste like chicken fingers)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (what is this?)
72. Caviar and blini (well I've had the caviar but not the blini)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost ( another huh?)
75. Roadkill (though I should probably say, not to my knowledge)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum (I think so)
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky (now I should know this one, but I can't recall what it is!)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. (I've had a tasting menu but am not sure if we do Michelin star ratings here in Canada, so half marks?)
85. Kobe beef - another maybe, possibly at a Japanese restaurant once
89. Horse(not unless I had no other options at all, horse or starve)
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (thanks but no thanks, I don't like coffee. why can't coffee taste like fresh ground beans smell?)