Friday, February 10, 2017

Dark Chocolate Eclairs - February's King Arthur Flour Bakealong


This month's King Arthur Flour's Bakealong touts a luscious recipe for these delicious dark chocolate eclairs. Perfect for Valentine's Day, making these classic beauties takes a three step process but the result is so worth the effort.




The finished eclairs are beautiful on their own but of course, being a baking bling queen, I added these cute hearts and arrows shaped sprinkles to amp up their Valentine's appeal.


Admittedly, in the past, I was always intimidated by the idea of making choux pastry, but I learned years ago how uncomplicated and quick it is to make it. Do not let this first step intimidate you. You will find it's a breeze to master.




Of the three steps, the pastry cream filling takes the most time but, mostly because you have to chill it for a few hours. 




This dark chocolate pastry cream filling is scrumptious on its own. I was thrilled there was a bit leftover to eat on its own as a dessert treat. 


All of the King Arthur Flour monthly bakalongs offer a step by step walkthrough complete with tips and tricks in addition to the recipe. I find these helpful and informative. 


You'll get at least a dozen eclairs out of this recipe. That's a lot of sweet Valentine's inspired love to spread around. 

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