After Eight Mini Eclairs

Saturday, 26 September 2015

After Eight Mini Eclairs

Last week you may remember that I got confused and baked a leftover's pie as well as a Charlotte Russe. This week I was sure it was chocolate week, until that is, I spoke to Jenny and asked her what she was making. She has made some fabulous Ferrero Rochatines. OK so time was not on my side and I hadn't a clue. So what does a baker do when she wants to take part in a linky, but hasn't got time? She cheats a little. Well I do. I am a total snob when it comes to packet mixes. But as I had been given a Green's Profiteroles cake mix when I worked with them recently, I thought I would give it a go.

I have to say the results were pretty good and they are so easy to make it is one you could get the children doing without fear of your entire kitchen being covered in flour. So please don't judge me, and think of the flavours instead!

You will need:

For the eclairs

I box of Green's Chocolate Profiterole mix
2 eggs
25g butter

For the mint filling

Custard packet filling (included in box)
60ml milk
75ml double cream
3-4 drops of peppermint essence

For the Chocolate

100g dark chocolate drops (included in the cake mix box.)
1tbsp butter
2tbsp icing sugar
1tbsp water

First you need to pre heat the oven to 180C.

Heat 25g of butter and 160ml of water until the butter has melted and then mix it with the pastry packet. Whisk two eggs and slowly combine this into the pastry mixture. When smooth place into a piping bag and pipe the eclairs to your desired length.

Cook for 25 minutes and then leave to cool.  Make up the custard filling by mixing the packet with 60ml of milk and 75ml cream. Add a few drops on peppermint essence. Cut the cooled eclairs in half and pipe in the peppermint cream.

Finally make the chocolate topping by melting the dark chocolate drops and mixing in the butter, icing sugar and water. Spread on top of the eclair.

Do you know what, they tasted good. I will definitely be having a go at the real thing soon. But for now I will put my packet mix snobbishness aside and have one of these with a cuppa.

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