Sunday, August 31, 2008

Who Choux Who?

When I first learned of this months Daring Baker's challenge, Chocolate Éclaires, my first reaction was somewhere along the lines of "OMG what have I gotten myself into?"  Having never made Pâte à Choux before, and then having to veganize it as well was definitely a challenge, considering that making pastry in general is not something that I consider myself very good at.  But I closed my eyes and jumped right in, hoping that the results would at least be edible.
After several experiments I can honestly say that this will require more testing in order to have the kind of happy ending that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.  My first attempt at the dough turned out to be a good texture, but every single one of the puffs deflated.  I think I let them cool too fast, even though I followed the directions of leaving them in the oven with the door open for a period of time. 
My subsequent baches didn't deflate but I never got the dough to be as smooth as it was the first time.  I had better results with little round puffs than with the logs.  I also thought it would be a good time to use the white vanilla I bought when we went to Punta Cana so I went with a vanilla filling that sadly turned out more pudding like than whipped and fluffly as I had imagined.  While my little eclaires turned out to taste pretty good, they fell short of the greatness I was anticipating.  I'm all puffed out for now so it might be a while until I tinker with them bit more.

6 comments:

sweetpotato said...

Your eclairs look great! I only had one try at these, but mine deflated too. This was a tough one!

The Irreverent Cook said...

Hi! Haha, I'm sorry your choux deflated, but I think you demonstrated true daring baker spirit! =D

Natalie... said...

Aw dont worry about some of your choux deflating, a couple of mine did too.
I still think you did a great job :)

Michelle said...

My puffs did not puff like they should have and I've made cream puffs before. I think it was the humidity that was the problem. Yours look great and I bet they tasted good too!!

silverrock said...

I am in awe of your beautiful vegan eclairs. WOW! Do they ever look chocolatey and delish. Congrats on your first DB Challenge :)

Bellini Valli said...

Welcome to the Daring Bakers. My choux deflated as well so not too worry...its the taste that counts. I have a Canadian blogger section on myside bar so have added you to that. I am always happy to find another Canadian out there!!!Happy blogging.