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I transformed 2 of my husband’s favourite desserts into 1 for his birthday…..Tiramisu & Chocolate Éclairs! I’m calling it….
Pastry (recipe from my mum with my twist)
1⁄4 cup butter (65g)
1 1⁄4 cups water
1/4 tsp strong coffee
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour, sifted
Place the butter, water, coffee and salt in a pan, bring the water to the boil slowly and stir until the butter has melted.
Remove from the heat and stir in the sifted flour (Add the flour all at once)
Beat until smooth and return to the stove.
Stir vigorously n continuously until the mixture leaves the sides of the saucepan and forms a smooth ball.
Allow the mixture to cool for 5-10 mins.
Whisk the eggs well and then add them to the dough.
Now beat the eggs into the mixture thoroughly until worked in properly and smooth.
Place tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto greased baking trays and bake in a pre-heated oven at 220 deg cel for 20 minutes.
Reduce the heat to 180 deg cel and continue to cook for 20 minutes, or until golden and crisp.
Remove from the oven and immediately poke holes with a toothpick in each pastry to allow the steam to escape.
Turn oven off and return to the oven until the oven cools completely to help dry them out properly.
When pastry is cooled completely, fill with cream (recipe below) and decorate as desired.
I dipped in Cadburys milk chocolate and added fresh fruit.
Beat 1 cup mascarpone cheese with 1/2 cup icing sugar, 1 tbs marsala wine (optional) & 1 tsp vanilla essence until smooth.
In a seperate bowl whisk 1 cup fresh cream until stiff (I used P n P brand as it whips well in a short time).
Fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until combined and then slice and fill pastry.
Prepared, tried and tested by: Irene Dasari