This recipe was my first official Dorie disaster...twice! That's right...I failed at making beautiful, light, airy eclairs with smooth, delicate pastry cream. Instead, I ended up with flat, eggy, doughy things, stuffed with slightly lumpy (but oh, so damn delicious) chocolate pastry cream and lemon curd whipped with cream.
While my eclairs will win absolutely no beauty awards, they were actually quite delicious. I had wanted to use Dorie's tip and pipe my eclairs with a star tip. However, I accidentally used a ribbon tip...leading to my first batch of eclairs being a complete disaster.
I also piped some in a creme puff shape...however these puppies fell the second they came out of the over. So I ended up with flat cigars and smooshed frisbee shapes (actually I think they look like partially melted hershey kisses...because I left a little curly cue on the top when I piped these).
On my second batch, I decided to just follow the easy way and pipe smooth cylinders. As they went into the oven, they looked beautiful. I was sure I had a winner this time. They did puff up as they were baking and looked terrific; however they started to deflate as I removed them from the oven and I had more flat cigars. Not quite as flat as the first batch, so I was able to slice through them and create two layers to "stuff" with filling. I decided to make chocolate pastry cream and then lemon curd (my Meyer lemon tree has finally started producing lemons after a two year hiatus). I folded the amazing lemon curd into whipped cream and then pipe the fillings into my sorry, oh so sorry, eclairs. Some of the eclairs were so flat, I just used one for the top and one for the bottom.
I decided not to glaze the eclairs...given the inordinate amount of time I had dedicated to getting a good batch (and still failing). Maybe a glaze would have made them more lovely (but I really doubt it).
I didn't do any research on why my eclairs failed me. I've made grougeres several times with this recipe and never had an issue. I know my fellow Doristas will have the answer for me. Oh well...we were all still very happy with the tasty results...if not appearance of these eclairs.
PS...for all those wondering...the sugar cleanse went great last week and I feel so much better. I will be watching my sugar intake going forward (so only one eclair a day, thank you very much)...and now I just found out I have high cholesterol...goodness it couldn't be all the butter and bacon...could it???
PPS...did I mention that I cut the recipe in half so we wouldn't have 20 eclairs...then had to make them again, so we still ended up with 20+ eclairs.
PPPS...maybe the reason my eclairs fell is because I shouldn't have really been making eclairs at all...but some lovely, healthy vegetable concoction.