French Dessert: Green Tea Eclairs

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If you know me at all you’re proooobably aware that I adore languages.  I mean, I don’t just love them but I analyze every single tone and sentence that cross my well trained ears.  I practically live and sweat languages, you guys!  Okay so, that’s not entirely true because my BA in Linguistics hasn’t exactly paid off in terms of career, and the aforementioned statement sounded good.  I do, however, have a good reason for the lack of said career.  I have a little baby to take care of, and I’m not working for the time being because that’s the decision that gives us peace of mind. The end.  Ahem anyway, back to languages…

All throughout high school (and some of college) I took French as one of my electives, and what’dya know?  Next to art it was the only class I never got anything lower than an A, and that’s saying a lot because well, my other grades were sadly far from glamorous.

*Insert traumatized facial expression*

French class opened my eyes not only to the beauty of communication, but also to the role that food plays in culture.  Little did I know that my “sophisticated foodieness” began to form in those early years.  Looking back now, I can easily say that French class formed a lot of what my education and current life have come to be.  Every year we had a cooking week where we took a whole hour each day to make French desserts.

Ah, how I miss those days when we felt so cool speaking in our broken French and eating cream puffs!  My teacher, however, kept mentioning how much she loved éclairs and up until I moved to the Torrance area I had never tried a single éclair.  Then came my experience with Beard Papa’s, and as I promised a few posts ago I resolved to make a green tea version and luckily, both Greg and I approved!

Phew, good thing because I’d hate to eat them in deflated forms!

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Green Tea Éclairs

Lightly adapted from this recipe.  Instead of using all the suggested amount of sugar I slightly decreased the amount, and instead of using only heavy cream for the filling, I substituted half of it with 1 egg white.  This way the calories are not as high.

Makes 12 medium sized éclairs

Ingredients for Pastry

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C water
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 whole eggs

Ingredients for Filling

  • 1 (3.4 oz) vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 C cold soymilk
  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp culinary green tea powder

Ingredients for Green Tea Glaze

  • 1/2 C white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/3 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp culinary green tea powder
  • 1 TBSP hot water

Directions

    1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
    2. Make sure to have all ingredients for the pastry ready to go because they need to be mixed together quickly.
    3. In a medium pot, combine 1/2 C butter and 1 C water. Bring to a boil, stirring until butter melts completely. Reduce heat to low, and add flour and salt. Stir vigorously with a spoon until mixture leaves the sides of the pan and begins to form a stiff ball. Remove from heat. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well to incorporate completely after each addition. With a spoon place the dough onto the cookie sheet in 1 1/2 x 4 inch strips.
    4. Bake 15 minutes oven, then reduce heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and bake 20 minutes more, or until hollow sounding when lightly tapped on the bottom. Cool completely on a wire rack.
    5. For the filling, combine pudding mix and milk in medium bowl according to package directions.
    6. In a separate bowl, beat the cream and egg white with an electric or stand mixer until soft peaks form. Add 1/4 C powdered sugar and beat on high speed until well incorporated but keep the soft peaks forming. Fold whipped cream into pudding with a spatula and don’t whisk.
    7. Use a medium sized piping tip and poke it through a ziploc bag.  Fill the bag with filling mixture, then poke a hole in the pastry and fill it up. ***You may also cut the pastry in half as the original recipe states, and then fill it with a spoon***
    8. For the icing, melt the chocolate and 1 TBSP of butter in microwave for about 20 seconds in a few increments as you stir it up.  Do it until the chocolate is melted. Stir in 1/3 C powdered sugar and 1 tsp green tea powder. Stir in hot water until icing is smooth and has reached desired consistency.  Drizzle over filled eclairs with a spoon and refrigerate until ready to be eaten!

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The green tea powder I used was the cheapest I could find!  I purchased it at Marukai Pacific in the city of Gardena, and if I recall correctly it cost less than $10 for the whole can.  There were other brands that went for more than $15, but I think this one by Maeda-En is more than perfect for culinary purposes.  Fortunately Amazon seems to sell it as well, so you’re in luck!

Here are some step-by-step photos to help you along:

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Perfect with coffee on a sunny spring afternoon!  Enjoy.

What are your thoughts on language?  Are you passionate about a single language?

Which country’s food+dessert are you dying to try someday?

What’s your favorite French dessert?

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