Bakery Style Eclairs
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into quarters
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 4 eggs, at room temperature
- 2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream
- 1 (4 serving) package instant vanilla pudding and pie filling ( or french vanilla)
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- 2 tbsp milk
Add 1 egg to mixture and beat hard with wooden spoon to blend. Add remaining eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; each egg must be completely blended before the next egg is added. While beating dough, its consistency will change from looking almost curdled to smooth.
When dough is smooth, spoon it into a large resealable plastic storage bag and, using scissors, snip off one corner of bag, making a 1-inch-wide cut. Gently squeeze bag to form ten 1" x 4" dough logs about 2 inches apart on an ungreased large rimmed baking sheet. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until golden and puffy. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Cut eclair shells horizontally in half and spoon pudding mixture equally into bottom of each.
Replace tops of eclair shells and spread cocoa icing over tops. Cover loosely and chill at least 1 hour before serving.