Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What to do with a gazillion eggs - make Eclairs

Our chook girls are working hard giving us 6-7 eggs a day, and we are unundated with them.  We eat poached eggs, boiled eggs, make cakes and all the rest, but here's a good way to use up heaps.

Preheat oven to 200C.  Put 2 cups of water into a pot with 6oz of butter and bring to the boil.  Add 10oz plain white flour and beat till the mixture leaves the sides of the pot.  Remove from heat, add 1t vanilla and 2dessertspoons of sugar.  Beat in 8 eggs.  (my recipe book says to do each egg separately, but I whack the whole lot in and whizz with the electric beater).  You will end up with a mixture that looks like soft goop, like a paste.

Put large spoon fulls onto a baking paper lined tray, leaving plenty of room between them.  Bake 30 mins till golden brown.  Wait about 5 mins then slit to let out steam.  Let cool and dry thoroughly.  Fill with custard or whipped cream and top with chocolate ganache or icing.