August 11: St. Clare of Assisi Eclair Cake

3 things you may or may not know about Saint Clare:

1. Saint Clare fell in love with Jesus thanks to the incredible preaching of Saint Francis of Assisi (he was also her barber when she became a Franciscan and demanded that her hair go).

2. Her mother (who is beatified!) and her sisters later joined the Poor Clares.

3. She is the patron saint of television.

4 tips with this recipe:

1. This amazing recipe comes from a gorgeous food blog called Lavender and Macarons; I tried to race through the recipe for the custard and the choux pastry (basically, the whole recipe). Read slowly and carefully. I could tell right away that I messed up the dough when the eggs were running and the whole thing wasn’t sticking together…and I had the same awful gut feeling when the custard was runny as water. BUT! It was worth going back and doing things slower and more carefully.

2. If you’re told to use a medium pan, use a medium pan. If you are told to use a wooden spoon, don’t get out your KitchenAid attachments; go old school and get that spoon out!

3. The creaming/solidifying of the custard took me longer than a minute. Be patient with yourself and give it all the time it needs!

4. Softened butter does not equal melted butter. Google it; it’s gonna change the way you bake!

Ingredients

For the Pastry Cream
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup sugar (I added more than L&M)
5 tablespoons corn starch
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup butter softened**

For the Choux Pastry
1 cup + 2 teaspoons water
5 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch of salt
1 cup flour
5 eggs

For the Chocolate Glaze
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream

Preparation

You can find Iryna’s delicious recipe here.

Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us!

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