I bought this book solely because of the photo of the chocolate eclairs on the cover. (Yes, I most certainly DO judge my books by the cover!) It has many delicious recipes I’ll enjoy trying. When I decided I would try the eclairs, I went online to find a copy of the recipe so I wouldn’t have to mess up my book. Hmmm. I printed it off and was carrying on and while the eclairs were baking, I checked the book and realized that MUCH was omitted (method wise) from the online recipe and the ingredient amounts were slightly different than the book. Hmmph.
I also had piping fail. The recipe calls for a 1″ round piping tip but I didn’t have one that big, so I thought I’d pipe two strips side by side to compensate. I should have piped them on top of each other because when they baked, they didn’t raise up all that much. (And also the baking method/time is different in the book than the online recipe.)
The ganache recipe is different, as well. I prefer ganaches that use heavy cream, not butter. And I also used the vanilla pastry cream recipe from the boston cream pie cupcakes. But one time I will try the Tropez Cream Recipe that is in this book.
They taste GREAT, though, so I will make them again. One could also make them as cream puffs instead of eclairs.