Posted by: familiabencomo | Sunday, August 31, 2008

Daring Bakers’ August Challenge

I am SOOO darn proud of myself for completing this challenge!!! I came home yesterday from spending EIGHT hours in the sun at a swim meet & then spent the next 3 hours whipping these eclairs together. They’re not as pretty as I would like them to be, but I did learn a lot and I enjoyed every bit of making them (except the clean-up!). We’re having company for dinner tonight & this was the perfect opportunity to try something new. I can’t wait for the final verdict. My family loved them – that’s what counts most!

LESSONS LEARNED: 1) Less is more – I thought if I squeezed out big “fingers” of dough that I would have big eclairs…. No. They just didn’t cook all the way through. 2) Do strain the mixture after tempering yolks the for the pastry cream even if you do not see any scrambled bits – they really only show up after you add the chocolate & by then it’s too late. 3) Break this recipe up over a couple of days – it would be easy enough to do if you have the foresight to think of it.

Thank you MeetaK and Tony Tahhan for challenging us with Chocolate Éclairs by Pierre Hermé. I can honestly say that I never would have thought to make these on my own. Merci!

To see some truly amazing Eclairs check out the other Daring Bakers.



  1. Amy, I’m proud of you too and I agree, if the family loves them….that is what counts!

  2. I liked your “lessons learned”…good to keep on file. One would wish that a huge finger of dough would just miraculously make a massive and gorgeous eclair…but alas, that is not how it works! Sounds like the family loved em though, and isn’t that what matters?

  3. Looks great to me! I’m with you on the egg straining step – one part of me thought it was not necessary, but I did it anyway, only to find bits of egg that I strained out BY FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS. Ha!

    Wonderful job!

  4. There you are Amy!
    School starts on Tuesday, I was thinking you were having a busy summer before the kids go back.
    BTW –
    Nice eclair!

  5. Welcome back Amy! I can honestly say with every D-Baker challenge, I have learned the good, the bad, and the ugly! This one included.
    After every challenge my kitchen would be condemed by Gordon Ramsey if he saw it. My Hubby walked in and just shook his head in disbelief! Baking is not one of my stronger points!
    But he loved then as well as your family, and that’s all that counts!
    They look great!
    xoxo, Marie

  6. Great job, Amy! Your eclairs are lovely. I thought this was a fun challenge too. And, I can’t stop sneaking them from my fridge! 😉

  7. Amy, dear, I think your eclairs looks good no matter what you say:) I loved this challenge a lot. It was less challenging than others:)))))

  8. Wow, great job! What a day you had and then to come home and make eclairs. Well done. And I love your suggestions for next time. Smart.

  9. Oh thank heavens you’re back & baking bella. I’m proud of you too. After I read your mail, I was really surprised to hear you had attempted the challenge!!! YAY for you!! You’re a DB after my heart!!! xoxoxox…WELCOME BACK…
    Tanti baci dear friend

  10. I think your eclair looks pretty good, and the proof is always in the eating.

  11. Amy I love your eclairs, really. I miss you dear and welcome again, but IM SAD because you dont come to say me hello buaaahhhh!!!!!! xxxxxGloria

  12. I’m sure your company was thrilled when you presented them these decadent chocolate eclairs!

  13. Good tips. Giz and I had considered making the eclairs after a day of family events and a weekend of cooking/baking, but decided against it. From the sounds of your experience, we probably made the right decision.

  14. So, I’ve been looking at everyone’s posts in regards to this – everyone has done such a great job!


  15. lovely family you got there… the strawberry added a nice touch… 🙂

  16. Yay, Amy! Glad you gave them a try and enjoyed making them! Yum yum! I love eclairs! Miss you, girl! ((hugs)) Jane

  17. I am proud of you too! They look great. What a fun experience. I am such the reluctant baker.

    Great to have you back! We all missed you!!!!!

  18. The eclair’s look delicious and I bet they tasted divine!

  19. Toc.toc,toc, Yohuuuuu!! someone there?????? Somebody saw my friend Amy, ???? We miss you dear, I hope you are OK, huggs!!!! Gloria

  20. Just checking in to say Hi! Hope all is well.
    xoxo, Marie

  21. Hi Amy – stopping by to see if you made crackers. Hope you have some free time now that the kids are back in school.
    Lori Lynn

  22. Hi Amy! I was checking for crackers, how are you?
    xoxo, Marie

  23. hey amy! haven’t visited for a very long while. hope u’re well and will be eagerly waiting for your next exciting post! 🙂 xx

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