Prep Time 25 minutes
Baking 45 minutes
Makes 12 eclairs
1 package (about 3 1/2 ounces) chocolate pudding and pie filling (I used vanilla and put green food coloring in it)
2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 medium eggs
2 tbsp. butter
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
To prepare filling, cook pudding according to package directions. Chill for 1 hour.
To prepare pastry, in a heavey saucepan, heat butter, water and salt over medium high heat until mixture boils and butter melts.
Reduce heat to low. Vigorously stir in flour all at once until mixture forms a ball.
Transfer pastry to a bowl; cool for 5 minutes. Stir in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking sheet. Drop dough into 12 mounds, about 5 inches apart, on prepared baking sheet.
Spread each mound into a 4 x 1/2 inch rectangle, piling dough on top and slightly rounding sides.
bake until golden, 35 minutes. Remove from oven; make a 1 inch long slit on side of each eclair. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cook.
To prepare frosting, heat butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth.
Slice eclairs in half. Spoon about 1 tbsp. of filling onto each bottom half and replace tops. Spread tops with frosting.
**I don't worry about making the dough mounds just so-so as you can see by my photo. And I like to add some flavoring to the frosting...like peppermint or orange. This things can be devoured very quickly.