Saturday, August 30, 2008

Day 31 - Recipe 54 "Daring Bakers"




I am so happy it is post day!!! I have been waiting to share this for a couple weeks! WOO HOO!

The August Daring Baker challenge was chosen by MeetaK and Tony Tahhan (recipe can be found at their blogs). The choice... Chocolate Éclairs by Pierre Hermé!!! I was so excited about this choice. What a great way to kick off my first month with the Daring Bakers!

There are rules that go along with each challenge and this month was no different. We had to use the choux recipe provided and at least one chocolate element (either the pastry cream filling or the chocolate glaze). I used the glaze and chose to make a vanilla pastry cream, half of which I whipped in some Nutella for a Nutella pastry cream. Let me tell you.... YUM!!!!!

If you have never made eclairs, don't be afraid. Sure, the recipe seems long, but it really doesn't take a ton of time. I was actually surprised at how quickly I was able to make them. I will definately be making these over and over again.

Thanks for a great first challenge, MeetaK, Tony, and the Daring Bakers! I look forward to many more!

Don't forget to check out the DB Blogroll to see what other wonderful variations were made!

38 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

I love how glossy the glaze looks, and nutella pastry cream? Be still my heart! Fabulous job this month!

The Baker & The Curry Maker said...

Welcome to Daring Bakers and great job! I love that second photo.

Passionate About Baking said...

Fabulous all the way...inside too! Your glaze is luscious & delicious!Well done Cristine...

sleepingbearinthekitchen said...

Welcome, welcome, welcome!!!! First Challenge and you did a mighty fine job!! Congrats!!! And Nutella in the pastry cream, thank you!! I will be borrowing that one for sure!!!!

breadchick said...

I think I'd like to take a bath in the same chocolate goodness your eclairs took a bath in! Great job on your first challenge!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Perfect! Your Eclairs look scrumptious! Very well done!

cheers,

Rosa

Lis said...

Wow your eclairs look amazing, Cristine! I love how the glaze looks.. like chocolate silk. :)

Welcome to the DB! :D

xoxo

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Beautiful eclairs! - well shaped and such glossy chocolate.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Beautiful eclairs! - well shaped and such glossy chocolate.

Natalie... said...

Mmm nutella!!
Wow I bet that was delicious!
Good job, I love the look of your éclairs.

jillian said...

oooh Nutella cream- yum! I also was surprised that this really didnt take too long. Welcome to the group!

Dhanggit said...

OMG they are beautiful!! your eclair went fabulous!! great job!!

Ann said...

Ooh... nutella! great idea!

cathy said...

Wow, yours look beaut!! That glaze is amazingly glossy, well done :D
And double brownie points for making a previous challenge to test yourself out, what a great idea!

Katie said...

Well done on such a great first challange. Love the idea of the nutella cream - yum!

kellypea said...

Congrats on your first challenge! Your eclairs are so plump and pretty -- very nice work!

Eat4Fun said...

Congratulations on completing your first DB challenge! The eclairs look great!

Veron said...

Looks fabulous!

hexe said...

Welcome to Daring Baker! Great choice of using nutella - I will have to try that next time I make the recipe.

Marija said...

Your eclairs puffed perfectly! Beautiful!

Maggie said...

Nutella pastry cream! They look lovely.

Lunch Buckets said...

mmmmmm Nutella! I obviously have NO creativity at all!

Claire said...

Oooo...the inside looks absolutely wonderful! I want to eat it!

Adventures in Gluttony said...

Wow, yours turned really well. They look very professional. I almost used Nutella in my recipe too, but ended up doing peanutbutter instead. I bet they were amazing good!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Nutella was such a great choice! They're lovely!

Aparna said...

I know I'm repeating what many others have said, but the shine to your ganache is great.
Btw, you have been cooking up a storm this month, it seems.:)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

53 recipes? Man you've been busy!

Dianne said...

Your éclairs look fabulous!

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

Welcome to the DB's! Your eclairs look fabulous.

Meeta said...

so glad you liked these and well done on the first challenge!

Katie B. said...

My word! Nutella filling?!??!?!? Genius!

Amber said...

56 recipes? Wow. You can never go wrong with nutella, but in eclairs is very interesting. Mmmm

pixie said...

wonderful! all flavors to die for! congratulations!

pixie said...

wonderful! all flavors to die for! congratulations!

Dharm said...

I kill for Nutella!! Those eclairs look just awesome. Well done and welcome to the DBs!

Megan said...

Welcome to the DBer's and to blogging. I have to say, Nutella in the custard was the thinking of a genius!!! I love nutella. But then I would have to triple the pastry cream amount!

The Recipe Fairy said...

Thanks so much for your support on my first DB challenge! Your eclairs look beautiful - the glaze is so glossy. I love the idea of a nutella filling. I have a student who has a nutella sandwich every day for lunch. Talk about a yummy childhood! :)

Liz Randall said...

Wow! I am impressed with your creations! How did you get your glaze to so even? I like your site, too - beautiful photos for your great recipes.

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