French Chocolate Éclairs

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If you know of a gooey, chocolaty baked confection more fabulous than a French Chocolate Éclair, do let me know because I can’t think of one! They’re so decadent, they must be difficult to make, right? Au contraire! If you can stir a few ingredients together and squeeze a plastic bag (more on that later), you can make this heavenly dessert.

Fun variation: Instead of the French vanilla cream filling used below, consider filling these decadent treats with English Lemon Curd. Either option is delicious! Let’s get started!

Ingredients (Makes 30 mini Éclairs)

For the éclair shells:

1/2 cup real butter

1 cup water

1 cup flour Continue reading

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus… He lives in a French patisserie!

I owe an apology to the bearded guy in the red suit who lives at the North Pole.  I’m not trying to hurt his feelings.  It’s just that, really, there’s nothing he can fit on that reindeer-powered sleigh that compares to the magic… the absolute magic… of a French patisserie.  I’m not cooking for you today, just sharing a little magic.  Enjoy!

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Meringue with chantille crème and fruit

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Tarte aux prunes (plum tart)

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Pain au chocolat

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Eclairs and petit fours

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Biscuits thé (tea cookies)

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Macaroons (sigh…)