It’s all about the strawberries at the moment, isn’t it. I am planning on making lots of desserts with them and these are going to the top of the list – they are beautiful.
These are so pretty, Manali! I’ve always been a fan of eclairs, but I’ve only had the chocolate kind. This strawberry version sounds incredible! So perfect for summer!
totally noticed fewer desserts, so this is a happy day for me! These eclairs are totally divine. I learned about pate a choux dough a while back, and it’s very forgiving. Still, it requires skill, which clearly you have!
Strawberries and cream is one of the best things ever, and turning it into an eclair is genius! These are SO pretty Manali and I bet they taste off the hook delicious!! Totally need a few dozen of these!
I have made cream puffs with strawberry filling but never eclairs. This is another I am going to have to try!
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 large egg + 1 teaspoon water, for egg wash (optional)
Powdered sugar, for dusting
1 cup cold heavy cream
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
8 strawberries, halved
Preheat oven to 425°. Line sheet pans with parchment paper.
Bring butter, sugar, salt, and 3/4 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Immediately remove from heat, and quickly stir in flour all at once. Return to heat and stir with a wooden spoon for 1 to 2 minutes, or until dough is smooth and forms a ball.
Transfer dough to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
Add 3 eggs, 1 at a time, beating until mixture is smooth and glossy. Spoon dough into a pastry bag fitted with a 5/8-inch or medium sized plain tip. Pipe dough onto prepared pans into 4-inch strips about 1 1/2-inches wide. Smooth out peaks and round tops with a moistened finger. Brush tops of dough with egg wash, if using.
Bake at 425° for 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 375° and bake 30 minutes or until puffy and golden brown. Turn oven off; let shells stand in closed oven 10 minutes. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks, and cool completely.
Shells can be made 1 day ahead and stored, unfilled, in an airtight container at room temperature.
TO MAKE STRAWBERRY FILLING:
In a small saucepan, sprinkle 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water; let stand 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
Stir in diced strawberries, sugar, and orange zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries are softened, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Can be made up to a few days ahead.
TO MAKE CHEESECAKE FILLING:
In a large mixing bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Add cream cheese mixture to heavy cream and beat until incorporated. Can be made up to 1 day ahead.
TO ASSEMBLE ECLAIRS:
Cut off the top third of the eclair shell. Pipe cheesecake filling into the bottom of the shell. Spoon strawberry filling on top of cheesecake filling, and put the top of the shell on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Pipe remaining filling on top of each eclair, and garnish with strawberry halves. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Eclairs are best served within a few hours of assembling.
Iced Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
Wonderful spicy iced pumpkin cookies that both kids and adults love!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.
In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.
To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.
Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake Recipe
This recipe becomes a favorite as soon as it is tasted. It was once referred to as ‘sinfully rich and velvety smooth’. Best if made a day before serving.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter one 9 or 10 inch springform pan.
Combine the chocolate wafer crumbs, softened butter, 2 tablespoons white sugar, and the cinnamon. Mix well and press mixture into the buttered springform pan, set aside.
In a medium sized bowl beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add 1 cup white sugar mixing until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat at low speed until very smooth.
Melt the 8 ounces semisweet chocolate with 2 tablespoons whipping cream in a pan or bowl set over boiling water, stir until smooth.
Add chocolate mixture to cream cheese mixture and blend well. Stir in sour cream, salt, coffee, 1/4 cup coffee liqueur, and vanilla; beat until smooth. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
Bake in the center of oven at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Center will be soft but will firm up when chilled. Do not over bake. Leave cake in oven with the heat turned off and the door ajar for 45 minutes. Remove cake from oven and chill for 12 hours. Just before serving top cake with mounds of flavored whipped cream and garnish with chocolate leaves. Yields 16 servings.
To Make Flavored Whipped Cream: Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form, then beat in confectioner’s sugar and 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur.
To Make Chocolate Leaves: Melt 1 ounce semisweet chocolate in a pan or bowl set over boiling water, stir until smooth. Brush real non-toxic plant leaves (such as orange leaves) on one side with melted chocolate. Freeze until firm and then peel off leaves. Freeze chocolate leaves until needed.
Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
This is a wonderful pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust. The gingersnap really does make a difference.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix together the crushed gingersnap cookies, pecans, and butter. Press into the bottom, and about 1 inch up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake crust 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla just until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, blending well after each. Set aside 1 cup of the mixture. Blend 1/4 cup sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the remaining mixture.
Spread the pumpkin flavored batter into the crust, and drop the plain batter by spoonfuls onto the top. Swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect.
Bake 55 minutes in the preheated oven, or until filling is set. Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Allow to cool before removing pan rim. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.