Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Heart's Delight Éclair

This is one of my all time favorite recipe's. I have made it for many special occasions. Valentine's Day is my favorite time to pull this beautiful, easy, recipe out. I hope you try it. It looks hard, but it is so simple and oh, so good.

Contest Winning Recipe
From Taste of Home

This lovely and luscious treat is rumored to have been the favorite dessert of European royalty long ago. I know that it's won the hearts of everyone I've ever made it for. Enjoy!

10-12 CATEGORY Dessert METHOD Baked PREP 30 min. COOK 15 min. TOTAL 45 min.
* 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed * 3 cups cold milk * 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix * 2 cups heavy whipping cream * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided * 1 cup confectioners' sugar * 1 tablespoon water * 1/4 teaspoon almond extract * 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips * 1 teaspoon shortening
DIRECTIONS On a lightly floured surface, roll each puff pastry sheet into a 12-in. square. Using an 11-in. heart pattern, cut each pastry into a heart shape. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Meanwhile, whisk milk and pudding mix until thickened. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold into pudding. Split puff pastry hearts in half. Place one layer on a serving plate. Top with a third of the pudding mixture. Repeat twice. Top with remaining pastry. In a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water, almond extract and the remaining vanilla until smooth. Spread over top. In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Pipe in diagonal lines in one direction over frosting. Beginning 1 in. from side of heart, use a sharp knife to draw right angles across the piped lines. Refrigerate until set. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 10-12 servings. Printed from tasteofhome.com Feb 4, 2008 Copyright Reiman Media Group, Inc © 2008