Saturday, February 28, 2009

Day 334- Nutrition Bite

Chocolate Eclairs

Pastry:
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup unbleached white flour
3 large eggs

Filling :
1 (6 serving size) box sugar-free instant vanilla
or chocolate pudding

Chocolate Icing:
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup mashed banana
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 cups instant powdered milk

In a medium-size saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Turn heat to low. Add flour and mix with a spoon until mixture becomes a cohesive ball. Remove pan from heat. Using an electric mixer or mixing by hand, add 1 egg at a time and beat until thoroughly blended and smooth. Continue to add 1 egg at a time, beating well. Mixture will be shiny and smooth. Drop dough by tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets. For each eclair, place 2 tablespoons dough with 2-inches in between. Spread each to tablespoons to form 1 x 4-inch rectangles. Smooth top and sides with a knife to mold uniformly shaped logs. Leave 4 inches between each eclair. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes until well browned. Remove gently with a spatula to wire racks to cool.

Prepare pudding as directed on box.

In a small saucepan combine butter and water. Bring to a boil over low heat.

Meanwhile, beat together mashed banana, lemon juice and vanilla extract until creamy. Add cocoa and powdered milk. Beat thoroughly. Gradually add boiling water mixture and beat thoroughly after each addition so mixture is smooth and without lumps. Additional hot water may be added for a thinner icing.

To assemble eclairs, slice tops off horizontally and set tops aside. Scoop out any wet pastry and discard. Spoon prepared pudding into eclairs. Replace tops and spread with chocolate icing.

NOTE: Fill eclairs just before serving so that the pastry remains crisp and light.

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