August 31, 2008

mon dieu!

it's daring baker time once again, this round brought to us by meetak and tony tahhan. their choice? an ode to meeta's sugar daddy: Pierre Hermé's chocolate eclairs. you can find the recipe (too long for me to post here, or you can buy the book at amazon!) at one of their sites. click here to see what other db's have come up with! i didn't have any real problems with this month's challenge, nor, unfortunately do i have any quirky stories to share from my pastry's point of view. i chose to do the recipe as is. i've made choux pastry before. i've made pastry cream before. i've made ganache. i'm not complaining at all. practice, after all, makes perfect. i went to my local grocery and picked up a pound of callebault dark chocolate. yes, my local grocer carries callebaut! i was torn between the dark and milk. i like milk and white chocolate, and derek likes dark.
my only problems with the recipe was with making the glaze, or ganache. following the directions it was very runny, and there was no way i could "spread the glaze with a metal spatula" as was stated. solution: i stuck it in the freezer until it was the right consistency.
the eclairs were enjoyed by all, but i don't think i'll make them again.

8 comments:

Marye said...

They look wonderful with the mint! NIce job.
Marye
http://www.bakingdelights.com/2008/08/31/daring-bakers-august-challengeeclairs/

HoneyB said...

Your photo is awesome!

CookiePie said...

They look great! Cute photos too! :)

Claire said...

What a stunning picture! I also love the pics of the taste testers...they're pretty cute themselves!

Lunch Buckets said...

Those are so pretty! Nicely done :)

Candace said...

Looks like the taste testers liked them! Nice job!

Tanya said...

I love the photos of your eclairs! They look absolutely beautiful!

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silverrock said...

Mmmm... looks as though the kids really took to the chocolatey goodness of those beautiful looking eclairs. Way to go on this month's challenge!