large egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
2 large eggs
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar. Whisk
the flour and cornstarch, then milk. Strain into a 3-quart
Whisk constantly over medium heat. The mixture may bubble
should become harder to pull a whisk through the custard.
remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into a small
pastry: Preheat oven to 400
and bake an additional 25
minutes. They should be lightly browned.
The easiest way to beat in one egg at a time is to use
the edge of the
wooden spoon to "cut" the eggs into the dough.
The mixture will be
slippery at first, keep stirring and cutting in until it
becomes sticky. Stir
vigorously at this point until well blended, repeat with
It is easy to drop tablespoonfuls onto a greased baking
tray OR to make
éclairs you can fit a pastry bag with a 5/16-inch plain
tip and pipe out 3
or 5-inch strips that are approximately 1/2-inch wide.
Bake in the
preheated oven for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees
and bake an
additional 25 minutes. They should be lightly browned.
Set the pastries on a cooling rack, then use a scissors
to cut a small slit
in the side of each pastry to allow steam to escape.
Pastries are best
kept in a cool dry place at room temperature. When ready
to serve, use
a clean piping bag and fill with custard.
6. Caramel icing: In a 1-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, cream and
butter over medium heat until sugar melts. Remove from
heat, stir in
vanilla, milk and confectioners' sugar. Top filled
pastries with warm
icing. Place in the refrigerator if you are not serving
Serve shells filled with ice cream and top with
caramel or chocolate sauce. Shells may
also be filled with
whipped cream and topped with melted
Makes 12 filled and iced pastries