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Traditional Eclairs

 Traditional Eclairs
Over the years, family, friends, co-worker and students have enjoyed this tried-and-true desert. For birthdays, our sons prefer it over birthday cake!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
12 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • FILLING:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Confectioners' sugar or chocolate frosting

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring water, butter, sugar and salt to a boil
  • over medium heat. Add flour all at one; stir until a smooth ball
  • forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one
  • at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until smooth and
  • shiny.
  • Insert a large round tip into a pastry bag or heavy-duty resealable
  • plastic bag; add batter. Pipe into 12 strips (about 3 in. long) 3
  • in. apart on a greased baking sheet.

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Traditional Eclairs (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a
  • wire rack. Immediately cut a slit in each for steam to escape;
  • cool.
  • For filling, combine the sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan;
  • gradually add milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat
  • until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes
  • longer. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir 1 cup hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan. Bring to a
  • gentle boil; cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from
  • the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool.
  • Split puffs; remove and discard soft dough from inside. Fill eclairs
  • just before serving. Replace tops; dust with confectioners' sugar or
  • spread with frosting. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 211 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 136 mg cholesterol, 183 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.