As attracted to chocolate and sweet things as I am it might be surprising that I'm not the hugest fan of eclairs. I think it is that the vanilla custard most people use is a bit too "gushy".
The ones I do like are from Scafuri Italian Bakery in South Chicago. They make some that are filled with a pretty stiff Chiboust creme that has chopped pralines and raspberries in it. One of those and a cup of their espresso (imported Italian Lavazza, 'o course) gets your day started right!
The custard tends to be cloyingly sweet.
It’s pretty good and about half the size of a football.
I am not a connoisseur of eclairs. I like them all. In fact custard based deserts are my favorites; creme brulee, flan, really all of them.
Maybe that is desserts?
I'm kicking myself for not buying any pastries last night at the mall when I was having my precious device pampered like the little fucking princess she is. we have snowflakes the size of quarters coming down \ and the branches of the shrubs are banging against the windows. this nor'easter is seriously craycray but all I can think about is how I would give my eyeteeth for that (or any) gorgeous eclair right about now.
not if it's done right jon. a good custard is silken and just sweet enough. and with the perfect crunch of pastry shell and the bittersweet chocolate on top - this is perfection when its done right.
do not diss the pastry!
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