Thursday, June 20, 2013

Oh, I do {d}eclair

Why yes, it did take me the whole hour long trip back from Kirsti's (there was a car accident - I was on public transport not near the car nor the accident, this is one long parenthetical comment).

So, dessert day.

Usually when Kirsti and I are trying to decide what to make for dessert day we send about 14 emails back and forth and discuss the merits of certain desserts v. tastiness v. challenge factor and then come up with about 3 recipes.

We decided to take charge and make a google spreadsheet for dessert day, I know. However, I think it was actually more overwhelming because so many options!

For this dessert day we decided on gluten free eclairs and gluten free orange, chocolate cookies.

The eclairs were the real challenge. They involve choux pastry (which I frankly think should be shoe pastry and then while you're stirring it you should waddle around like Charlie Chaplin...) (You can tell I'm feeling better because my imagination has started running a little wild).

We ended up using creme patisserie for the filling of our eclairs instead of vanilla pudding because seriously people, on dessert day we make things from scratch.

My love for all things that ooze continues.

We basically followed the recipes exactly - so I'm not going to share them with you on here.


Inspector Climate loved the eclairs he thought they were a total win and even said "this pastry is really good" which if you're gluten free you realise is A GIANT WIN.


The cookies were way crunchier then we anticipated and I'm not sure if that's because we over baked them or not. However as Kirsti mentioned in her post here that the cookies go great with hot chocolate. I found that they went exceptionally well with an afternoon cuppa (I'm assimilating, bitches).



It was basically a perfect dessert day; it was the perfect challenge. Now I think we should make profiteroles and a croquembouche what do you say Kirsti?

What's been your latest food challenge?

25 comments:

  1. I'm slightly terrified of the croquembouche concept on account of TOFFEE and FORKS and BOILING HOT SUGAR OH GOD. But we can definitely give it a go. Perhaps with a doctor on hand, just in cases... ;)

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  2. These look so good. Amazing bakers you two are!

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  3. I love that you have a baking partner in crime! I wish I had one, perhaps it would make me more motivated to make things.

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  4. I'm completely intimidated by pastry -- never made any of the recipes I've saved that require it because I just know I'll stuff it up! But, BUT, Gav loves taking on these types of challenges, and those eclairs really look fantastic. So maybe I'll get over myself and try pastry this summer!

    I made these over the weekend for Father's Day and OH. MY. GOSH. Everyone had a foodgasm. Seriously.

    http://www.naturalsweetrecipes.com/buckeye-brownies/

    The brownie base was sooo sticky, dense, and moist that we had a hard time getting it out of the dish, but the taste was out of this world. I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips to melt for the chocolate since they're soy and dairy free, coconut oil (even though it's not really neutral I suppose), and natural PB (as we always do). If you make them, let me know what you think!

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  5. The eclairs look so delicious! Glad your feeling a bit better.

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  6. omgIloveéclairs!

    Making pastries from scratch is way too overwhelming for me. Fortunately, there are no fewer than 3 French bakeries within walking distance of my house, so I never have to go without ;)

    (and a freshly made French éclair -- pistachio is my fav -- costs less than 2€!)

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  7. Oh. My. Gosh. I just had that falling-in-love feelings. Yes, I like chocolate that much LOL.

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  8. these look amazing! hats off to you for making these from pure scratch!

    - Val @ KnotTiedDown.com

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  9. I want to try one of the eclairs, they look SO good! And well done if the inspector couldn't even tell they were gluten free!

    Sarah @ Life As Always

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  10. I haven't baked in forever but you're certainly inspiring me to take it up again

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  11. Wow. Gluten free choux pastry. I'm impressed.

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  12. These look Devine!!! I miss pastries more than is reasonable

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  13. Mmm . . . eclairs. I can't wait for the day when you can share pastries, like a phone call. That will be a good, good day.

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  14. OMG those look AMAZING.

    Gluten Free you say? I should pass the recipe to my sister...

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  15. Crunchie cookies always go best with something to dip them in :)

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  16. Oh my goodness! My grandma used to make beautiful eclairs like this...you brought back sweet memories for me with your post! Your desserts look absolutely amazing!!!

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  17. OMG I want all of these treats now, and hot choc haha!

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  18. You have a dessert day? That might be the best idea EVER. Those eclairs look amazing!

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  19. They turned out really good looking! Like good enough that now I want one. I'm pretty sure I need to introduce dessert day into my life.

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  20. Mmmmm I love eclairs! Dessert day needs to be something that happens at my house.

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  21. Oh wow, those eclairs look like a little piece of heaven!! :-)

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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