Based on the wise-cracking TBS Superstation cable feature Dinner & a Movie, celebrity chef Claud Mann’s transports Hollywoods celluloid archives into living rooms and kitchens across the country in the form of delectable, blockbuster-infused culinary creations. Check out the recipe for eclairs to remember from “Claud Mann’s Dinner & A Movie Cookbook,” below.
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Eclairs to RememberClaude Mann, Kimberlee Carlson and Heather Johnson
Makes 12 large or 24 small eclairs to remember
In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Add the flour all a once and begin beating vigorously with a wooden spoon. Continue beating until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. (The mixture will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.)
Remove from heat and continue beating another minute to cool. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a 1-inch plain tip and pipe out 4-inch rectangles leaving 3 inches of space between each eclair. Preheat oven to 400F.
Brush with egg wash and bake 30-40 minutes, until the eclairs are golden and sound hollow when tapped. Puncture the bottom of each eclair, return to the oven and allow to dry another 20 minutes with the oven off and the oven door propped open.
Cut the tops off the cooled eclairs and scrape out any remaining dough on the inside.
Fold together the whipped cream and pudding. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and fill eclairs. Replace the tops and brush with melted chocolate.
Per serving (excluding unknown items):
18g Fat (59% calories from fat);
After dinner, skip the dishes and try to get some sleep.
9123668604913613227770water1cup1 cup watersugar1tablespoon1 tablespoon sugarbutter 0.25cup1/4 cup butter cut in small piecessalt0.25teaspoon1/4 teaspoon saltflour1.25cup1 1/4 cup floureggs3 eggs, plus 1 for egg washvanilla extract0.5teaspoon1/2 teaspoon vanilla extractsemi sweet chocolate8ounce8 oz. semi sweet chocolate, meltedwhipped cream1cup1 cup whipped creampudding1cup1 cup of your favorite homemade pudding
Recipes excerpted from “Claud Mann’s Dinner & A Movie Cookbook” by Claude Mann, Kimberlee Carlson and Heather Johnson. Copyright © 2003 by Claude Mann, Kimberlee Carlson and Heather Johnson. Published Andrews McMeel Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt can be used without permission of the publisher.