Eclairs – Daring Bakers

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to participate in a Daring Bakers Challenge. But I was excited to see this months challenge was eclairs. I’ve never made eclairs but really enjoyed eating them in the past. This month really flew by. I made these eclairs last weekend with plenty of time to write up my post. Then we had some family members in town and I just couldn’t find time to write this up until today. So I am a day late on posting, but better late than never!

I followed the recipe exactly for the dough and the chocolate glaze. For the pastry cream, I was worried that chocolate would make the eclair too chocolatey (is there such a thing? I say no, but hubby thinks there is).

I decided to do a raspberry pastry cream, but didn’t have raspberries on hand at the time I made it. Instead did vanilla pastry cream. For half of the pastry cream, I mixed in some mushed up raspberries after sending hubby to the store for me 🙂 The other half got the vanilla pastry cream.

I myself am not a huge fan of pastry cream. I much prefer whipped cream in the center of eclairs.

As I mentioned, I followed the recipe exactly for the dough. That includes the timing and the propping of the door with a wooden spoon. Based on what other Daring Bakers had said, I decided to cut slits into the eclairs immediately after baking and then letting them cool in the cooling oven. The ones that didn’t deflate were wonderfully hollow.

At first, I had the oven door entirely open but I did notice the eclairs were starting to deflate, so I closed the oven door and then propped it open to let them cool. The eclairs that were very close to the door did deflate while the others did not.

Thanks to our hosts (Tony Tahhan and Meeta) this month for choosing such a great recipe. I definitely enjoyed making the eclairs, although I doubt I’d make them again. It was a significant amount of work and hubby wasn’t crazy about them.

I’m not going to post the recipes here, click through to the hosts’ posts to see the recipe. The recipe I used for the pastry cream can be found here. As I mentioned, I didn’t have raspberries when I made it so I just left them out. Once it was completely cooled, I added 1 pint of smashed raspberries to 1/2 of the cream.

This chocolate glaze was amazing. I made 1/2 of the chocolate syrup recipe and it was perfect for the glaze. The leftover glaze was used on bread and then mixed with whipped cream for frosting.

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10 Responses to “Blueberry Curd”

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    ErickaJo — July 20, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Loving the look of this recipe. Is it tart enough so that I could can it using using the water bath method, or do you think I should employ pressure? I’m about to come into a dozen pints of blueberries, and I’m trying to be creative. 🙂

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    Domi — July 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Ohmygodness! I made it and I’m in love! 🙂

    Greetings from Poland!

    • beantownbaker — July 14th, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this! Glad to have a friend in Poland 🙂

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    Alison's Wonderland Recipes — June 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I made your curd as part of my newest recipe (Eeyore’s Birthday Cake–angel food cake with blueberry curd filling), and I just wanted to say that it turned out fantastic! The curd was really easy to make and super delicious. 🙂

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this curd recipe!

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    Lisa L. Dean — July 2, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    how much would I need to fill a 3 layer cake.. its for my wedding and I am looking for an easy recipe.

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

      Hope this worked well for you. I used one batch for a triple layer cake.

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    Diane Welsh — January 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I was thinking about making this for a shower cake do you know if it would blueberry curd freezes well?

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    mystereons41 — April 2, 2015 at 11:51 am

    So I’m not sure what I did wrong, but I just made this recipe and it seems something went awry. It didn’t come out very purple, more like a bluish gray, and it doesn’t really taste like blueberries. I used 1 cup of frozen blueberries. Did I use the wrong kind of blueberries maybe?

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    Cynthia — January 31, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Hello is it possible to can this recipe?

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