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Heart's Delight Eclair

 Heart's Delight Eclair
This lovely and luscious treat is rumored to have been the favorite dessert of European royalty long ago. I know that it's won the hearts of everyone I've ever made it for. Enjoy!
10-12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Directions

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll each puff pastry sheet into a
  • 12-in. square. Using an 11-in. heart pattern, cut each pastry into a
  • heart shape. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for
  • 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • Meanwhile, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2
  • minutes or until soft-set. In a large bowl, beat cream and 1/2
  • teaspoon vanilla until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold into
  • pudding.
  • Split puff pastry hearts in half. Place one layer on a serving plate.
  • Top with a third of the pudding mixture. Repeat twice. Top with
  • remaining pastry.

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Heart's Delight Eclair (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water, almond
  • extract and remaining vanilla until smooth. Spread over top. In a
  • microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth.
  • Pipe in diagonal lines in one direction over frosting. Beginning 1
  • in. from side of heart, use a sharp knife to draw right angles
  • across the piped lines. Refrigerate until set. Refrigerate
  • leftovers. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 496 calories, 30 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.