Chocolate Eclairs
  • Servings: 8-9
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  2. 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  3. 2-1/2 cups cold milk
  4. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  5. 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 2 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate
  9. 2 tablespoons butter
  10. 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  11. 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water
  12. Directions:
  13. In a large saucepan, combine butter and water. Bring to a rapid boil, stirring until the butter melts. Reduce heat to low; add flour and salt. Stir vigorously until mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a stiff ball. Remove from the heat. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  14. With a tablespoon or a pastry tube fitting with a no. 10 or larger tip, spoon or pipe dough into 4-in.-long x 1-1/2-in.-wide strips on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 325° bake 20 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  15. For filling, in a large bowl, combine pudding mix and milk; mix according to package directions. In another bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar and vanilla; fold into pudding. Fill cooled shells. (Chill remaining pudding for another use.)
  16. For icing, melt chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in sugar. Add hot water until icing is smooth and reaches desired consistency. Cool slightly. Spread over eclairs. Chill until serving. Yield: 8-9 servings.