Wednesday, November 02, 2011

SWEET ENDING WITH CHOCOLATE ENCLAIR THE RACHEL ALLEN RECIPE


When I first learned to make cream puff, I made a point that I should also try enclairs. The the method of preparing the pastry choux were the same. These made a perfect HITEA menu especially if you are planning for an English Tea Party. Enclairs are typically filled with a sweet vanilla known as creme chantilly and topped with chocolate or coffee icing. Eclairs can be prepared in advance: once the unfilled pastries are cooked and cooled, they can be kept in an airtight box for a few days or frozen, although it is best to make the chantilly cream on the day that you are planning on eating the éclairs. 

Recipe heavily adapted from Rachel Allen. Try this....hemm...chocolate fans will sure to LOVE this.


Ingredients

Choux pastry

  • 100g (3 ½ oz) strong white or plain flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 150ml (1/4 pint) water
  • 75g (3oz) butter
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 extra egg, beaten - to brush eclairs before baking

For the chocolate glacé icing

  • 200g (7oz) icing sugar
  • 25g (1oz) cocoa powder
  • 1 2 tbsp boiling water

For the crème chantilly filling

  • 50g (2oz) icing sugar (1 generous tbsp), sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 400ml (14fl oz) whipped cream (measure when whipped)

2 piping bags

  • Plain 5-8mm (1/4 – 3/8 in) nozzle
  • Plain 3mm (1/8 in) nozzle (optional)

Method

Choux Pastry

  1. 1Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and set aside
  2. 2Place the water and butter in a medium-sized saucepan with high sides (not a low sauté pan) set over a medium-high heat, stirring until the butter melts. Allow the mixture to come to a rolling boil then immediately remove the pan from the heat. Add the flour and salt and beat very well with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together.
  3. 3Reduce the heat to medium and replace the saucepan, stirring for 1 minute until the mixture starts to ‘fur’ (slightly stick to the base of the pan). Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 1 minute.
  4. 4Pour about one-quarter of the beaten egg into the pan and, using the wooden spoon, beat very well. Add a little more egg and beat well again until the mixture comes back together. Continue to add the egg, beating vigorously all the time, until the mixture has softened, is nice and shiny and has a dropping consistency. You may not need to add all the egg or you may need a little extra. If the mixture is too stiff (not enough egg) then the choux pastries will be too heavy, but if the mixture is too wet (too much egg) they will not hold their shape when spooned onto greaseproof paper.
  5. 5Although the pastry is best used right away, it can be placed in a bowl, covered and chilled for up to 12 hours, until ready to use.

Eclairs

  1. 1Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F), Gas mark 7. Line a baking tray with parchment paper (not greaseproof paper, as the éclairs may stick when cooked).
  2. 2Place the dough into a piping bag fitted with the plain 5–8mm (1/4–3/8in) nozzle and pipe into lengths approximately 10cm (4in) long onto the prepared baking tray, spaced about 4cm (1 ½ in) apart to allow for expansion. Use a small wet knife to stop the dough coming out when you have finished piping each éclair.
  3. 3Brush the éclairs gently with the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 200°C (400°F), Gas mark 6 and continue to cook for a further 15–20 minutes or until the éclairs are puffed up, golden and crisp.
  4. 4Remove the éclairs from the oven and using a skewer or the tip of a small sharp knife, make a hole in the side or the base of each éclair. Return to the oven and bake for a further 5 minutes to allow the steam to escape. Transfer the éclairs to a wire rack to cool.
  5. 5Meanwhile, make the icing. Sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl. Add the boiling water and stir to mix, adding a little more boiling water if necessary until the icing is spreadable but not too watery.
  6. 6To make the crème chantilly filling, fold the sifted icing sugar and vanilla extract into the whipped cream. Chill until you are ready to use it.
  7. 7When the éclairs are cool, spoon the crème chantilly into a clean piping bag fitted with the small, plain nozzle (or use the same nozzle used for piping the éclairs) and pipe the cream into the éclairs through the hole made by the skewer or knife until they are well filled.
  8. 8Using a small palette knife or table knife that has been standing in a jug of hot water (to make spreading the icing easier), spread the icing over the top of each éclair, dipping the knife into the hot water between each éclair. Serve and watch them being devoured!
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Bila saya mula mencuba membuat krim puff, saya tidak ketinggalan mempelajari cara membuat enclair ini. Cara dan ramuanya sama. Sajian ini sesuai buat minum petang lebih-lebih lagi kalau anda merancang untuk mengadakan English Tea Party. Menarik dan cukup mantap untuk menarik perhatian tetamu anda. SELAMAT MENCUBA.

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4 comments:

cik cek said...

Sedapnya Kak Paty....:D

HomeKreation said...

Aslmkm KakPaty. Wah best ni menu ceklet. Along pun ada menu ceklet juga - ni Along bawakan KakPaty choc spread ni, rasa lah ya.

Paty's Kitchen - Cook with passion. said...

Salam Cikcek, semalam akak cuti, ingat nak jalan-jalan umah kekawan tetapi susah nak masuk umah cikcek...ada secret code ke?

Pada yang suka cokolat dan yang suka manis-manis ini memang sesuaila.

Paty's Kitchen - Cook with passion. said...

Salam Along...memang resipi c&p...suka tenguk dia buat kat TV. Dah lama perap resipi ini...baru sekarang dapat mencuba.

Tapi tak tahu apa sebabnya enclair akak agak kering sedikit....may be need a little bit more pf practice.

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