Daring Bakers: Chocolate Éclairs by Pierre Hermé

August 31, 2008


All the Daring Bakers are back this month with Pierre Hermé Chocolate Éclairs. When I got to know of the challenge, I wasn’t too excited. Chocolate Éclairs aren’t something I’m particularly fond of. And when I sat down to think why, I remembered a time when I was a child and I was having a chocolate éclair – there was something about it that wasn’t quite right. And after that I’ve never bought them, and when I’m offered some, I can’t help but politely decline.

This month’s challenge is hosted my Meeta and Tony Tahhan (which is where you can go and have a look at the entire recipe!).


This was by far one of the easiest DB challenges I’ve participated in and that’s a very good thing when I’m baking on the day I’m supposed to post. ;-)

I halved the recipe and I filled the éclairs with whipped cream and topped it with the chocolate glaze. Another idea I was toying with was filling the éclairs with whipped cream and some chopped peaches and then giving the éclair a white chocolate and vanilla bean glaze. That would be something! I had some funky icing pens, which I used for making my éclairs a little more pretty.

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Update: I completely forgot to mention that i did try it, I just took a bite of it. It defintely didn’t bring back old memories -which is a good thing. But more importantly, I made these for my friend who’s a huge éclair fan and it was worth it. :-)

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1 Courtney August 31, 2008 at 9:03 PM

your eclairs are very pretty. did you end up liking these ones at all?

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2 zorra August 31, 2008 at 7:41 PM

I like your colored eclairs. Great idea!

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3 Shaheen August 31, 2008 at 9:16 PM

I only had a bite of it because I made it. Not so bad, but I would probably spend the time making a dessert I like.

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4 OhioMom August 31, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Well for someone who does not like eclairs, you did a wonderful job in baking them, they are positively gorgeous. Love the rainbow of colors you added.

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5 Rosa's Yummy Yums August 31, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Your Eclairs look really pretty and scrumptious! Perfect!

Cheers,

Rosa

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6 Rachel August 31, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Beautiful eclairs and I envy those icing pens :)

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7 kat August 31, 2008 at 11:08 PM

I love your colored swirls on them

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8 Libby August 31, 2008 at 11:12 PM

wow! you had a cool, fresh take on these eclairs!

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9 Tarah at Genesis of a Cook September 1, 2008 at 1:44 AM

I love the colors of your Eclairs! So cute!

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10 ovenhaven September 1, 2008 at 2:42 AM

Your eclairs look so colourful and fun! :D

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11 Claire September 1, 2008 at 5:05 AM

I guess in this case…it’s a good thing it didn’t bring back old memories! Great job on the eclairs…I’m glad you pressed on.

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12 Cynthia September 1, 2008 at 6:03 AM

that is some seriously funky icing!!! lol. this is the first time i’ve come across anything like this!

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13 Katie B. September 1, 2008 at 7:37 AM

Great job!! I am so glad I wasn’t the only one that waited until the last minute – though, you totally can’t tell with yours! Dreamy!

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14 maybelle's mom September 1, 2008 at 8:27 AM

wow, great job. I love the colors.

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15 Jude September 1, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Looks like a lot of fun to make. Cool colors.

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16 Jacque September 1, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Oooh, cool icing! I love it on your eclairs, which look fantastic, by the way.

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17 Anne September 1, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Very cute with the glitter icing! The peach idea sounds awesome, too :)

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18 Deeba PAB September 1, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Very pretty Coco…am glad yo gave them a shot!! Where did you pick up the lovely writing glitter from? Love the peachy idea too!! WAY TO GO girl!!

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19 Aparna September 1, 2008 at 2:39 PM

These are the most colourful eclairs I’ve seen so far, really pretty.

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20 Shellyfish September 1, 2008 at 7:39 PM

I love your colors! Beautiful. I also thought this was the easiest of the challenges so far- which was a nice thing!

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21 Tanya September 2, 2008 at 2:15 AM

Your eclairs are beautiful! Great job!

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22 noble pig September 1, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Yours are gorgeous! I love the icing colors.

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23 Shaheen September 1, 2008 at 11:50 PM

Thanks everyone. :-)

Deeba, I got the icing pens from London.

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24 Andrea Meyers September 2, 2008 at 2:20 AM

For not being fond of eclairs, I’d say you did a smashing job! Nicely done.

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25 silverrock September 4, 2008 at 8:06 PM

Wow! Such cute eclairs… I love the sparkly-colored icing you chose to decorate them with. Way to go!

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