Wonderful homemade dessert pastry that is much easier than it sounds. Homemade Boston Cream Eclair made with simple pate au choux, filled with homemade vanilla bean custard and topped with rich chocolate ganache.
This probably won’t make much sense to you but Boston Cream is always synonymous with my husband and Father’s Day in my head.
There is actually an easy explanation for that. My husband’s favorite dessert is Boston Cream Pie. I
made “butchered” it for his first or second birthday that we were together. Don’t worry, I’ve gotten pretty good at it since. Plus, it was the sponge cake that use to give me so much trouble when I had to make it by hand and without my stand up mixer. (I’m still handicapped at sponge cake without my stand up mixer.)
Little man and I also made him Boston Cream Cupcakes for Father’s day a few years back. It was actually the first Father’s Day we celebrated at home because the year before, we took him to a Yankees game. (I never did want to know which was better because I’m afraid that cupcakes will loose to Yankees every time.)
So this Father’s Day, I decided to make yet another Boston Cream treat. I really wanted to make Boston Cream Cheesecake but I haven’t quite worked out the recipe to the point where I want to share it. It’s not as easy as it sounds, not the way I have it pictures in my head. I’m stubborn and I will figure out the way to make it the way I want to, without cutting any corners.
So, I quickly changed my idea to making an eclair and they turned out fabulous!
Just like I planned…a little too good…okay, someone needs to come and take them away from me! I should send them to work with him because they are too delicious to keep in the fridge all day long.
Homemade Boston Cream Eclair
- For Custard:
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- Pinch salt
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 1 vanilla bean
- Choux pastry:
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 Tbsp white granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 4 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Custard: (You will need to prepare that the night before or few hours ahead.)
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks, salt and sugar until completely combined and a bit frothy.
- Add flour, whisk very well and set aside while heating the milk.
- Heat milk, heavy cream, butter and vanilla bean until simmering. Take off heat when the mixture starts to simmer. Cut vanilla bean open and scrape out the seeds. Whisk vanilla seeds back into milk mixture.
- Slowly add heated milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture stirring constantly. Whisk well slowly.
- Return the mixture into the pot and bring to simmer stirring slowly and constantly. The mixture will thicken within a few minutes. Take off heat once it's thickened.
- Cool to room temperature and transfer into a bowl with lid to be refrigerated. Refrigerate for about 4 hours or overnight.
- Choux pastry:
- Preheat the oven to 400 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Grease lightly.
- In a small sauce pot, over medium heat, add butter, sugar, vanilla extract and water. Bring to simmer and stir in flour with a wooden spoon until all combined and coming off the walls of the pot easily.
- Transfer into the bowl of an electric mixer and start adding eggs with speed set to medium-low, one at a time, making sure that each egg is mixed into the batter before adding the next.
- Transfer batter into a piping bag and pipe thick lines of pastry that are about 1 1/2 inches in width and 3 inches in length. Don't make them flat, they should be almost an inch high. (Choux pastry is very easy to manipulate in shape and design too, you can play around with that if you want.)
- Bake for 25-28 minutes, until nicely golden-brown. Cool a little before filling so they are easy to handle.
- Chop baking chocolate and add it to a small mixing bowl.
- Bring heavy cream to simmer, be careful not to let it actually boil or it will raise.
- Pour the boiling cream over the chopped chocolate and stir with a whisk until melted and smooth.
- Fill a piping bag, fitted with a long, narrow tip, with prepared cold custard. Gently insert the tip into the slightly cooled pastry and squeeze desired amount of cream into it. (Try not to overfill or it will be difficult to eat.) You should have enough custard to fill all the pastry.
- Spread or drizzle some ganache over each filled pastry.
- (Keep refrigerated.)
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