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Mini S’mores Eclair

by Scott Loitsch

Ingredients

for 20 mini eclairs

  • 4.8 oz
    graham crackers, 1 envenlope (135 g)
  • ½ cup
    unsalted butter, cubed (115 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    salt
  • 1 cup
    water (240 mL)
  • ¾ cup
    flour (95 g)
  • 4 eggs, +1 for egg wash
  • 14 oz
    marshmallow fluff (425 g)
  • 4 oz
    dark chocolate bar (115 g)
  • ½ cup
    heavy cream (120 mL)
  • mini marshmallow, for decorating

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Preparation

  1. In a medium saucepan, add the butter, water, and salt over medium heat. Allow all the butter to melt and bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. As soon as the mixture begins to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and add in the flour and graham cracker crumbs. Using a wooden spoon, mix thoroughly to combine.
  3. Continue stirring (about two minutes). The dough should form into a ball and easily pull away from the sided of the pan. Remove the mixture from heat and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the eggs to the cooled dough, one at a time, being sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding the next. (The eggs will initially be difficult to incorporate into the dough - but continue stirring vigorously and they will eventually come together to form a smooth shiny dough)
  5. Preheat oven to 425˚F (220˚C)
  6. Once the dough comes together, transfer it to a piping bag and pipe onto a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet into 2-3 inch (5-7cm) logs.
  7. Smooth out any peaks/tails caused by piping with a wet fingertip (this will ensure your eclairs cook evenly and maintain an even shape)
  8. Brush the eclairs with beaten egg.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes at 425˚F. Then, without opening the oven, reduce heat to 350˚ (175˚C) and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  10. Remove eclairs from oven. Using the tip of a knife, cut a small “x” into the bottom of each eclair and transfer (“x” side up) to a cooling rack. (this will allow any excess steam/moisture to escape ensuring your eclairs maintain their shape).
  11. Fill a piping bag fitted with a narrow tip with marshmallow fluff.
  12. Just before serving, pipe the fluff into the cooled eclairs.
  13. Break apart chocolate and add to a small microwave safe bowl.
  14. To a separate, small microwave safe bowl, add the heavy cream.
  15. Microwave the cream for one minute. Remove and immediately pour the hot cream over the chocolate pieces. Stir until the chocolate has melted and a nice ganache has formed. (if necessary place the bowl with chocolate and cream in the microwave for 10 second increments, stirring after each until smooth).
  16. Dip the top side of the filled eclairs into the melted chocolate.
  17. Sprinkle with additional graham cracker crumbs and top with mini marshmallows (if you have a kitchen torch you can “toast” the marshmallows to make them super cute). Best served immediately!
  18. Enjoy!
 

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