Daring Bakers: Chocolate Eclairs

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on August 31, 2008

Oh yeah. These were amazing. One afternoon, my friend and I just made them. Ok, maybe it was more the morning, but it was fun nonetheless. Of all of the Daring Baker’s Challenges that I have done, this was definitely the easiest and least time consuming. It didn’t hurt that I didn’t do this one alone, as I have all the rest.

Now, for my ├ęclairs by pictures:

The finished product. Now we backtrack.
Bringing the eggs to room temperature in warm water.
Stirring the beginnings of the dough.
After adding the flour, it thickened up a lot.
Then, I spun it all up, and added the eggs.
Then, in my piping bag, I piped out little soon-to-be eclairs.
Then we baked them. They didn’t puff up as much as I expected.
The beginnings of a lovely pastry cream.
All the chocolate we needed to make the pastry cream and chocolate glaze.
The soon-to-be melted chocolate all chopped up, for the pastry cream.
After melting in the microwave, my friend added the melted chocolate to the pastry cream.
Then we shocked it, so it wouldn’t keep cooking.
Then the chocolate sauce.
Which went into making the chocolate glaze.
Which went on top of out eclairs. With the pastry cream in the middle, it was perfect.
Yup, these rocked!

After all those pretty pictures, I don’t have the recipe. Nope. Not this time. This time I only had to do one simple substitution, so I decided to not post the recipe, just the substitution. I know, I’m lazy, but it’s the beginning of school season. And a looong weekend. I’m allowed to be =D. Anyways, my substitution:

Instead of 1 cup all-purpose wheat flour, I used 1 cup minus 1 teaspoon of Bette Hagman’s mix (6 parts rice flour, 2 parts potato starch, and 1 part tapioca flour), and with that, I used 1 tsp of xanthan gum.

Yeah. These were awesome. Very yummy. They disappeared fast, even though we made like 30. That’s how many it made. Crazy, right? Anyways, this was a lovely challenge to be gluten free. Besides the one cup substitution, this challenge was gluten free by doing the recipe exactly as it says.

Thanks to the hosts of this challenge, Tony and Meeta. I really enjoyed this one!

Yeah so thats about all,


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Elra April 14, 2010 at 9:21 am

They look pretty good and I am impressed with you! I take your word that they are so good.

BC April 14, 2010 at 9:22 am

Thanks for poting the substitution. I didn’t do them gluten free this month but my second attempt will be GF. Did you find them too eggy?

HoneyB April 14, 2010 at 9:23 am

I’m glad you were able to enjoy these gluten free! It would be a shame to not be able to enjoy such a wonderful treat!

shellyfish April 14, 2010 at 9:23 am

Wasn’t this challenge fun? Your ├ęclairs look just delish!

glutenfreesoxfan April 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

Great pictures! I couldn’t manage to take all the step-by-step photos and make my eclairs at the same time. I agree – they were really yummy!


Lauren April 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

they look fantastic and i can’t believe they are gluten free. awesome!

MaryMary April 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

Wow–all those photos of chocolate are not so good for a girl to see when she’s hungry. :) They look fabulous!

Camille April 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

Your step by step photos were fun! And, I believe it when you said that they were good. They look yummy.

Esther April 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

They look great. Your mix looks much more yellow than mine which is probably a difference in eggs.

Laruen April 14, 2010 at 9:26 am

Elra – Thanks, yeah they were awesome!

BC – No problem. I didn’t find them too eggy, but you could tell that the eggs were there.

Cheryl – Thanks!

HoneyB – Yes, I completely agree!

Shellyfish – Yes, I loved this challenge! Thanks!

Karen – Thanks, yeah, they were so good!

Lauren – Thanks!

MaryMary – hehe, Thanks!

Camille – Thanks!

Esther – Thanks, I’m sure that could affect things.

creampuff April 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

Nicely done! I love the chocolate just oozing all over them!

How to Eat A Cupcake April 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

Mmm they look SO good. Your pictures are fantastic, and what a great idea to put the eggs in warm water!

They probably didn’t puff because they look a little pale… 5-10 more minutes or so in the oven might’ve helped ;P

Teenie April 14, 2010 at 9:28 am

I agree, this was a fun challenge! Really like how you photograph the steps. Being gluten free, how was the texture of the eclair shell?

Lauren April 14, 2010 at 9:28 am

Creampuff – Thanks!

How to Eat a Cupcake – Hmm.. Thats good to know! Thanks!

Teenie – Thanks! My eclair shell was ok, I think that it may have been a tad too moist, How to Eat a Cupcake is probably right, I could have cooked mine longer, but as mine didn’t puff up, it wasn’t as airy as it might have been.

Debyi April 14, 2010 at 9:29 am

Your eclairs look amazing! Great job. I’m glad that the gf’ers had an easier challenge then the last couple. Your step by step pix are great too.

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