*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                         Minature Chocolate Eclairs
 Recipe By     : Alice Ferris <alin@facstaff.wisc.edu>
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :1:10
 Categories    : 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      package       chocolate pudding mix
    2      cups          milk
      1/2  cup           butter
    1      cup           water
      1/8  teaspoon      salt
    1      cup           flour
    4      medium        eggs
    2      Tablespoons   butter
    2      ounces        semisweet chocolate
    1      cup           confectioners' sugar
    2      Tablespoons   milk
    1      teaspoon      vanilla extract
   For filling: Prepare pudding according to package directions. Chill for 1 hour.
  For pastry: In a heavy 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
  or line with parchment. Drop dough into 12 mounds, about 5 inches apart, on
  prepared sheet. Spread each mound into a 4 by 1/2 inch rectangle with a
  moistened finger or paper towel, piling dough on top and slightly rounding
  sides. (You could also use a pastry tube with a medium tip.) 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 wire rack to cool.
  For frosting: Heat butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring until
  melted. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  Assembly: Slice eclairs in half. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of filling onto
  each bottom half and replace tops. Spread tops with frosting.
  25 minutes prep, 45 minutes baking
  Alice Ferris
  Madison, Wisconsin
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