31 August 2008

Daring Baker Chocolate Eclairs


Chocolate Eclairs


Once again it is Daring Baker time!!!!! Browsing and clicking through the blogosphere today take a few minutes to see what the over 900 Daring Bakers have been up to this month.I have been a bad Daring Baker these last few months with working mega hours at the Easter Seal camp. I am surprised that I was not "given the boot" considering how absent I have been. The Daring Bakers is the brainchild of our beautiful and talented co-founders Lis at La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice . We are given a challenge each month, choose a day to bake our little hearts out and then we all post our top secret recipe on the same day. Today is that day!!!!! Today you are inundated with Chocolate Eclairs of all shapes, flavours and varieties from all over the world!! It is amazing to see how each Daring Baker adds their own personal touch to the challenge with flavourings and decoration. Each one is unique and different. Way to go ladies and gents!!! Really cool!!! To see what the Daring Bakers accomplished this month as well as for the recipe check out the blogroll.



Your hosts this month were Tony Tahhan and MeetaK. They chose a recipe from Pierre Hermé from a cookbook written by Dorie Greenspan: Chocolate Desserts By Pierre Hermé. Excellent choice ladies and gentlemen!!!

The eclairs were a challenge for me. I haven't made choux pastry since my very early days. In true "Val" fashion I baked the challenge this morning so there was no room for error or starting over. The only thing I was disappointed in was the size. I was expecting plate size eclairs filled with cream and drizzled with chocolate but instead got "mini me". This is certainly a case where size does not matter because they were just the right size of chocolaty goodness.

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45 comments:

  1. I was wondering earlier why you hadn't posted any eclairs. They look lovely Val and your picture is absolutely beautiful with the flower. Is that a Dahlia?

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  2. The flower Ivy is a type of sunflower. I picked up 2 beautiful bouquets at the farmers market yesterday with some amarynthe thrown in too:D

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  3. nice photos. though, I must say I liked the small size.

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  4. Glad that you could participate in this challenge- Your eclairs came out beautifully. :)

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  5. Welcome back. These look wonderful.

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  6. Very beautiful! They look perfect and ever so scrumptious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  7. Gorgeous photo! :) You did great!

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  8. Actually the mini is the best, just eat several more!
    Like the look of the blueberry pound cake too!

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  9. Very nice. I like the sunflower!

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  10. Gorgeous photo of very lovely eclairs...and you made them today! An inspiration for me...mine are only half done.

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  11. Ooh, you actually made these babies look summery. Good job!

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  12. Love the look of the eclairs Val...beautiful pic with the flowers. looks like you had good success.

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  13. Vall, yours eclairs look fantastic really! Gloria

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  14. oh, i was the opposite - I got huge eclairs rather than delicate wee things!

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  15. Don't worry, Val. You're in good company. I baked my choux last night at my mom's. I was up til 3 am editing photos too. Why do we do these things!

    Your eclairs look lovely! Mine were mini mes too, but they tasted great!

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  16. Lovely eclairs! They may be little - but smaller, they're easier to justify having more than one!! :)

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  17. I would just do anything for one of these eclairs today!

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  18. I made my eclairs this morning, too. Your look divine! :)

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  19. I'm a bit of a procrasinater myself, waiting a day or 2 before we are suppose to post! I like your mini me's, you don't have to feel too guilty eating them.Nice job Val!

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  20. great job on your eclairs! Love the sunflowers!

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  21. Valli, I love your images..and your eclairs are perfect.

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  22. Mini's better Val...you can get away from guilt by eating mini mores!! I was here looking for yours...am glad they're up now. Love the sunflowers too!!

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  23. I love small eclairs. And I totally know what you mean about doing the challenges last minute. :)

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  24. Your ecalirs look terrific!

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  25. Great looking eclairs. Glad your back!!

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  26. I applaud you for trying to make these delicious eclairs...They look superb!

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  27. Yummmmm. Val, they look so good. You got minis. I didn't really read the size part but I guess I should have gotten a bunch but I only got 6 huge, flat ones! Your look incredible!

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  28. great looking eclairs. glad you enjoyed these!

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  29. WOW Val your eclairs look gorgeous and I just love your photo :)

    Rosie x

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  30. They look simply lovely, Val. I'm so impressed by all of you!

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  31. Well your "mini-eclairs" look terrific, and they look much bigger than my "mini-eclairs". I was expecting much bigger also. I'm going to have to try again sometime soon.

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  32. I did register with them and never made a challenge. I like looking at everyone's pictures. Some of the challenges did not really appealed to me.

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  33. Your eclairs look lovely Val.

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  34. They're the most enormous blackberries I've ever seen! Freaks!

    Love the way you used them... mmmmm...

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  35. Lovely Eclairs Val! Glad to see you back in the DB challenges!!

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  36. Your eclairs look fantastic!

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  37. I like your eclairs! they look fantastic!

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  38. They looks so tasty, I just want to eat one!

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  39. Yeah, and PS -mine were small too! I thought they'd be bigger and fuller like you did. Still tasted great, right?

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  40. Aah, another brave person who made stunnign eclairs. Hats off to the Daring Bakers!

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  41. I think I would prefer the mini ones anyway. They look great - wonderful job!

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  42. great job! love the flower you juxtaposed w/the eclairs :) you could make a monster plate sized eclair, but bite size is even better :)

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Val

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