Well, I tried making macarons, 3 times I might add, and they just would not work out. Recipe fails are so frustrating. The dang things either turned out flat or burned, so I guess it's back to the drawing board for me on that recipe (any tips would be much appreciated). So what's a girl supposed to do with only the basics (flour, sugar, eggs, etc.) left on hand? Make eclairs of course! This recipe is so easy and basic that you will most likely already have the ingredients for it! Just a word of warning though, the custard in these eclairs is so good it would be wise to not taste it until the eclairs are made. I'll be honest, I almost ate half the custard (and I used some in this recipe) before I even made the eclairs (no shame right?), it was that addicting!
If you aren't familiar with eclairs, they are a delicious little French pastry. When I went to my trip to Paris, I saw eclairs in all the windows of the bakeries (as well as an assortment of all kinds of other pastries and goodies). So many treats to try! Traditionally filled with a vanilla custard or sweet cream filling, the delicate treat has taken on many flavor variations including lemon, raspberry and salted caramel. I'm sad to admit that I never tried one of these French pastries during my trip to Paris, but I'm guessing this recipe probably comes close. I thought it was pretty good at least!
If you are looking for a simple, yet satisfying treat these eclairs are the perfect option. The best part about the pastry? You don't need a whole afternoon to make them, you can have these pretty little things whipped out in less than an hour! So what are you waiting for? Get to it!