31 August 2008

Daring Bakers: Chocolate Eclairs

Hello all -- As you've probably guessed by the very recent proliferation of chocolate éclairs, the Daring Bakers strike again. Meeta of What's For Lunch, Honey and Tony Tahan are to thank for these wonderfully easy and tasty treats.

Anyway, as is the norm, Beelzebub isn't to be trusted with items made from choux pastry, so I made them at my parents' house.


To read what the other DBs did with this challenge, take a meander through our blogroll.

As some of you know,
my dear chicken-craving Beanie is now an only cat and lives with his Gramma and Grampa. He kept a very, very close eye on me and the treats that came out of the oven. He asked ever so nicely to write to you since it's been a very long time since he last appeared here, and he promised to talk about the challenge. How could I say "no" to that face?

Hallo all you luvly humman-cats

Did you miss me?

I missed you.

So much happened since I last writed to you. I know you know that my humman's humman went away forever to play in the big catnip field in the sky and now eats all the chicken he wants. My humman is doing okay. She misses him and I miss him too.

I used to come out and visit with him. The OTHER cats never bothered. That rotten little goody two shoes Hagia used to have long talks with him on the phone--making up lies and stories about me--but she he never seened her. I visited--but he never gave me any chicken. How could he not give me any chicken? I'm a very handsome cat and chicken only makes me handsomer.

You know that Jasmine and Hagia and Zeus no longer live with me. Did they tell you why? If they did, don't believe anything they say. I'll tell you what really happened.

When Jasmine decided to buy the condo she didn't know if she could afford to keep me (and the others). Gramma and Grampa decided they would take care of me (and the others). I love gramma. She give me treats like chicken and turkey and oatmeal and ice cream. She even sews toys for me. Gramma says that the treats and toys are for all of us, but I know she really means just me.

I missed my humman-cat when she was away. The others didn't. They don't luv her as much as I do. She visited almost every day --I memorized her schedule and waited for her every day at the same time. The others never came out. She had to go looking for them. She didn't have to look for me because I was right there.

Well, something happened and she found Hagia and Hagia said I wasn't letting her eat and Hagia said she was scared and made up all sorts of stories about me. Everyone always says how nice and good Hagia is and she's little Miss Purrfect. I know that she's not, but nobody believes me.And the next thing I know she went away.

I was sooo happy I gots more cuddles and more food and then Jasmine spended more time with me. I'm so smart!

Everything was good until a couple of months ago. I like to rassel and Zeus used to rassel with me, but he decided he didn't want to rassel. So I figured he just need more rasseling to remember how much he liked rasseling. But Grampa decided that enough was enough took Zeus away.

Gramma got so mad at me. She said it was my fault that Hagia and Zeus went away because of me. She then said that they went to live with Jasmine. That's not fair! I'm supposed to live with my humman-cat, not them.

But there is a good side to all of this. I get two human-cats instead of one and they both give me lots of cuddles and lots of treats. So I guess that's okay. Gramma likes to take naps and I nap with her. Papa likes to fix things so I help him. And Jasmine comes and visits a lot so I get to see her too.

The only bad thing is that they got this black chair and I like it--but Gramma can't see me when I'm on it so sometimes she sits on me. Grampa put a big gold towel on the chair so she doesn't sit on me again. Doesn't it make my eyes look pretty?

Anyway, I promised I would talk to you about the special treats Jasmine made. She called them éclaws or something. I watched her make them and they looked easy to make. Gramma doesn't have a piping bag so they filled a zippy bag with the dough and clipped corner. They made fat worms and round buttons with the dough.

When they came out of the oven they were big and poofy. They smelled good. I asked for some but she said "No, Beanie, these aren't for pussycats." She's so mean to me. Then she took them away and said she would "finish them."

Finish them? She's going to eat them all by herself? She's so greedy. Couldn't she have saved one for me?

I looked at Gramma and she said that they were for a special lunch the next day.

I'm special. I should get one.

Gramma and Grampa and their friends went to have lunch and came back and talked about the éclaws. They said that Jasmine filled them with vanilla pastry cream and put chocklit on top. One of the friends said that some of the chocklit was spicy because the chocklit had chilli peppers in it and the rest was just nice because it had matcha tea tea with it.

I don't know. I think they would have been better with chicken.

cheers!
jasmine




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24 comments:

breadchick said...

Now that is a way to do a DB challenge and let the sweet kittie tell us all about it!!

glamah16 said...

Cute. You need to writing novels. Childrens style books for adults, something! Glad you fared well with this challenge. Couldn't you have given him just one?What do I know about cats.

Cakelaw said...

A very cute post Jasmine, and hugs to Beanie.

Foodie Froggy said...

You did a great job Jasmine ! Vanilla cream must be to die for...

Peabody said...

Your eclairs turned out lovely. So cute to have your kitty(still yours even if he is living away) tell the story.

BC said...

I never thought of spicing up the chocolate but the possibilities are intriguing. Well done.

Courtney said...

your cat post is cute, and your eclairs look great.

Annemarie said...

Ah, Beanie speaks! Lovely eclairs, even if Old Bean didn't get to enjoy one with you.

pipinthecity said...

That´s the way to tell a story, but chicken eclairs, not so sure about that! haha

Candice said...

I love it! Chicken eclairs, that would be interesting. ;) Your more sweet version looks so good!

Sara said...

i believe you beanie!

maybelle's mom said...

great idea for weekend cat blogging. great post.

Paz said...

LOL! Good to hear from you B. Yes, I agree that chicken eclairs would be interesting. Delicious-looking eclairs, though. Well done, J.

Paz

kellypea said...

Awwww...Beanie looks nearly like my sweet Blackitty that passed away in January. *sigh* But good for you that you've worked things out for your kitties. It's all so stressful when they're not getting along.

Beautiful eclairs, too!

pixie said...

very entertaining post! wonderful eclairs!

Natashya said...

Kitty might have a point. Choux pastry with a little chicken salad in it might be good! Sans chocolate, of course.
Terrific idea to put chilies in the chocolate for the eclairs, you are one hot chica!

Jude said...

Yum. Such a cute post.

linda said...

Your eclairs look delicious, pity Beanie wasn't allowed any...

Jenny said...

Hi Beanie. With how you were treating Hagia and Zeus, I'm glad Jasmine didn't give you any eclaws, but they sure looked good, didn't they? I don't think they are very good for kitties anyways, and we wouldn't want Jasmine to give you anything that might make you sick. Be a good kitty now and try not to eat too much chicken!

Molly Loves Paris said...

Thanks Beanie for the fun story. I think that you would not have really liked the eclaws with choklik, though if sometime Jasmine made them in little balls with chicken inside you might really like one. They do look delicious, don't they?

Dharm said...

Love the post and love the eclairs! Yes, I think they would taste just lovely with chicken too!! LOL

Deborah said...

I wish I had someone like that to write my posts for me! Great looking eclairs!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous eclairs, now I'm craving one. :) Beanie is a lovely cat, perhaps next time one could be filled with creamed chicken, and served like a volivant (sp?) Though he'd probably devour the chicken and then bat the pastry around after the fact. :)

As always, I enjoy your posts and recipes.

Mares

Parker said...

Beautifully done. I am ever so jealous of you great bakers out there.