Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bubble Eclairs

When I was a small child, before my mother had so many children, she used to make eclairs and cream puffs.  I was interested and curious to see what it was like to bake eclairs myself for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.  I especially wondered about the filling, if I could recreate the yellow filling that I remember.

I followed the recipe as written, and it wasn't that hard.  I spooned out 12 eclairs and baked as directed.  My oven light only turns on when I open the oven door, so I wasn't able to watch the eclairs rise.  At the end of the baking time they were all puffed up, but the ones in the centre of the pan fell within a minute of leaving the oven.

After reading about the options for filling the eclairs I chose to make pastry cream.  I think this is what my mother put in her eclairs.  The milk boiled over and putting the cream through a sieve was also pretty messy, but otherwise everything worked fine.

In the end these eclairs were very much like what I remembered from my childhood.




6 comments:

  1. How wonderful to be able to create that childhood memory. It's been years and I'm still chasing my grandmothers peach jam.

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  2. I'm glad they turned out as you remembered them. They must have been delicious with the pastry cream filling.

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  3. This is one of my favorite recipes from my childhood too.

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  4. Nice family memories. I am glad that you enjoyed them.

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  5. If you can recreate a childhood memory, you know you're a good baker! And I completely identify with the fallen eclairs -- I had that too, I think the solution is just to bake them longer than we think is good. I'm going to do this again on a rewind Tuesday to see if I'm right!

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