I forgot how old I was when I first entered the kitchen arena. I only remembered helping my mom when our house helpers went back to her hometown for holiday, and mom let me ‘played’ with her ‘instruments’ while watching her cooking. Afterwards, I helped her with the dishes. And I still remembered reading through her cooking notes, which sometimes I refer to as her ‘bible’. It’s a thick 500-pages cookbook which she wrote herself, just like her own diary. She sometimes added clipped pictures or interesting recipes she found on the newspaper or magazines. I have no idea how many books she has collected to date, but she definitely passed that habits to me. Thankfully, we have blog nowadays, so at least I don’t have to worry about cluttering another corner at home.
Speaking of recipes, eclair was one of the first recipes I baked on my own. It took me three or four tries before I baked a ‘perfect’ eclair. At that time, I was less than ten years old. I remembered that my mom purposedly did not lend a hand, so I could learn it all by myself and I could proudly call it my own creation. But she was there the whole time, gave me her support, answering any questions I had. It’s funny that each time I failed she always teased me of spending too much of her baking essentials, lol. But she was impressed when it’s all done – at least that’s what I think.
For me, the most challenging part in making eclair is to ‘wait patiently’ for the flour to cool down before adding the eggs. I failed many times, but I learned my lesson.
Eclairs have always been my favorite, simply because I love custard. Anything custard-y is always delicious. Here’s a quick and easy recipe to make eclairs… in the form of takoyaki. If the original shape of eclairs bore you, try this one.
Takoyaki Cream Puff
- 100 gr butter
- 250 cc water
- 1 tsp salt
- 130 gr cake flour
- 3 medium eggs
- 2 yolks
- 50 gr cornstarch
- 75 gr sugar
- 500 ml milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a pot, combine butter, water, and salt. Add flour, and mix well. Let it cool.
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Using a wooden spoon or stand mixer, beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each until the dough becomes sticky.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Centers should be dry.
- When the shells are cool, either split and fill them with the pudding mixture, or use a pastry bag to pipe the pudding into the shells.
- Mix cornstarch with 1/2 milk and yolk. Set aside.
- In a pot, combine milk and sugar; then add the cornstarch mixture. Keep stirring until you reach the right (pudding thickness) consistency.