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Chocolate Éclair Surprise – 38 years in the Making!!
Posted: June 23, 2010
Then last November on a family trip back to Ohio to help out my mother for a week….two of my mom’s sisters stopped in for a visit… And as we opened the door… there totally unannounced or expected was a fantastic platter of chocolate éclairs in Pat’s hands! What a surprise...it was the high point of the family visit….and as a follow up for posterity, I asked for the recipe so I could share it with you and maybe someday bake my own. So Pat…after all of these years…thank you for a wonderful treat…again!
½ cup butter or margarine (do your self a gourmand favor and use real butter!!)
Melt the butter in the boiling water. Add the flour and salt all at once, stir vigorously over low heat for about one minute or until the mixture forms a ball. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Then add the eggs, one at a time beating vigorously after each egg is added until the mixture is smooth.
On a greased cookie sheet, shape the dough by about ¼ cupfuls into “fingers” four inches long by 1 inch wide. This should make about 12 shells.
Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until puffed and golden. When cool, split and fill with vanilla cream pudding. Frost the éclairs with chocolate icing and refrigerate until serving time.
As a bonus…my Aunt Judy who arrived with Pat brought along a home made pumpkin pie to accompany the chocolate éclairs. It was two – two – two delights in one day. Judy received the very tasty pumpkin pie baked by her neighbor friend. It had an earthy texture as he had just prepared fresh home-grown pumpkin and there was nice thicker texture to the pumpkin mix. So here is the recipe from a noted baking web site.
POUR into pie shell.
BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.
Now you are all set for chilled éclairs as a summer treat and a new pumpkin pie recipe for fall. As HGTV’s Candace Olsen is fond of saying…”How Divine”
Credit where credit is due: This is the traditional holiday pumpkin pie. This classic recipe has been on LIBBY'S® Pumpkin labels since 1950. This pie is easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy. Just mix, pour, bake for a delicious homemade tradition.