Chocolate Almond Cream Eclairs Recipe

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Chocolate Almond Cream Eclairs

Linda Franklin

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@ajointnurse

I first tried this 30 years ago; NEVER thought I would succeed. Now a family favorite. Recently fixed them for my book club gals and they want this to be the monthly dessert!


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Serves:

10

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

50 Min

Ingredients

1/2 c
butter
1/4 tsp
salt
1 c
water
4
eggs
1 box
(small) french vanilla instant pudding
1 1/2 c
milk
1
9 oz cool whip/thawed
2 tsp
almond extract
2 oz
semi sweet choclate squares
2 Tbsp
butter
3 Tbsp
milk
1 c
confectioners' sugar

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Keep in mind that Choux Paste can be temperamental. I find making the shells on a day without humidity, helps to make them the best. Be careful NOT to burn the paste as you add flour in the next step.
2
To begin, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a saucepan melt 1/2 c butter, add salt and water. Bring to a boil. Immediately put heat to low, I even raise the pan off unit if seems too hot. Add flour and beat with a wooden spoon to form a soft ball of dough. Cool away from heat for 1 minute. Add eggs, ONE AT A TIME, beating into the dough. May seem lumpy but keep beating until a smooth creamy paste results.
3
Grease a large cookie sheet lightly, and drop 1/4 c of paste 1-2" apart. Cool slightly, and shape into eclair shell.
Bake 40 minutes, cut a small slit into the side of each shell (releases the moisture inside the shell) and continue baking 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on a wire rack.
4
Meanwhile, mix the filling. Add 1 1/2 c milk to pudding and whisk 2 minutes until smooth. Add cream, fold until well blended. Add almond extract. Set aside.
5
Frosting: Melt Chocolate and 2 TBS. butter; remove from heat. Stir in confectionery sugar and 3 TBS. milk. Add more sugar if necessary. Will look shiny and smooth, ready to spread.
6
Cut each eclair on one side, do not cut all the way around. Fill with cream. Frost and chill at least 6 hrs. May do the day before. Cover well to keep the fresh taste if not serving the same day.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chocolate, Other Desserts