One of my favorite dessert recipes that my grandma use to make us! I love it because you don't need any complicated ingredients for such a delectable treat! The first time my grandma showed me how to make this she told me it was all about timing and making sure ingredients were exact. It has taken me 3 tries to get these just right! So let me show you what I did and help keep you from making the mistakes I did. :)
This first picture is not mine... lol but I wanted a nice picture as an intro! Eclairs can come in a variety of shapes depending on how patient you are.
Start by Pre-heating your oven to 450 degrees...
You will need the following...
1 stick butter
1 cup water
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 box instant pudding
and milk for the instant pudding :)
To start you melt 1 stick of butter completely with one cup water. Must be melted completely and stirred well.
While waiting on that I went ahead and mixed the pudding which only requires milk and minute or two of stirring. I set that in the fridge.
This is where timing is everything. Once the butter water is mixed and boiling you will reduce heat to low. Then add flour, salt and begin to stir vigorously until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a lump in the middle. This can be tricky and you want to make sure you use fresh flour... mistake 1. It will leave you wondering if your doing it right but I promise just keep going because you are!
Next you remove that from the heat and adding one egg at a time completely beat the egg into that mixture. It will look like the picture above slimy and sticking to everything. Once all four eggs are completely beat into the mixture you can scoop out whatever size you want onto a greased cookie sheet.
I like mine big and messy so I made 6 large out of the batter. Here is a peek of them in the oven... my lens fogged up a little.
These bake 15 mins and then you reduce the heat to 325 degrees baking them for 20 more minutes. you want them to be golden... maybe slightly brown. Oh and don't open the oven too much it will keep them from fluffing up... mistake 2.
Then if your not in a hurry like I was you let those cool and when they cool you cut them in half and remove the spongy like inside so that the puffs become hollow. You then fill the puffs with the instant mix pudding and dab some rich chocolate frosting on top!
And Walllllaaa you have this yumtastic, wonderful, messy sweet treat!!!
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!! :)