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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

CHOCOLATE ECLAIRS

CHOCOLATE ECLAIRS
Wishing all my fellow bloggers a Merry Christmas!!!!!!! It’s Christmas time, time to make chocolates.
Jingle Bells!! Jingle Bells!! Jingle on his way,
Santa Claus is coming along with Chocolates on his tray…..howzattt!!!!!!


Making chocolates at home is a stress busting activity and you can include your kids as well, since this recipe doesn’t involve cooking on gas. My little one helped me in crushing the biscuits and adding the ingredients with much enthusiasm and even helped me in rolling the √©clairs. The best part of making chocolates at home is they don’t need to look perfect. If they look perfect you don’t get a homemade feel to it. It looks like you have bought it from a shop.

Ingredients
Glucose biscuits - 20
Cocoa powder - 1 tbsp
Milk Powder – 1 cup
Corn flour - 1 tsp
Condensed milk - 1/2 tin
Butter - 1 tbsp
Vanilla powder – 1 tsp
Milk - 1/4 cup
Walnuts or Cashews - 1 tbsp.
M&M Chocolates for decoration – 1 small packet.

Method
Toast the walnuts or cashews whichever u are using and break them into pieces, it should be like half crushed, half broken. (For those who are allergic to nuts can avoid the nuts in this recipe)
Put glucose biscuits in a zip lock bag and zip it. Now crush it coarsely with a rolling pin. Make a paste of the corn flour, cocoa and half the milk. This is done to ensure that there are no lumps. The paste should be thick, so add milk just enough to make a thick paste and no more. Heat remaining milk to a boil, pour into cocoa paste, mix till well blended.

In a bowl, Empty condensed milk, butter and vanilla powder (if you don’t have vanilla powder you can use vanilla essence about 4-5 drops). Beat till light and blended. Add cocoa milk mixture, blend well. Add crushed biscuits and walnuts, mix well. Apply some butter to your hands and make balls, you can make oval or round shaped balls or peda shaped. Place in a tray on greaseproof paper. If you are not able to roll it well, put in the deep freezer for about 5-7 minutes and the mixture will become thicker for you to be able to make balls of it.
Applying butter gives a glaze to the chocolates.
In some of the rolled chocolates you can place colorful M&M chocolates (which are actually the cadbury Gems of India), this makes it look colorful and appealing to kids.
Now keep in the deep freezer for about half an hour Allow to cool completely. Chill till well set. Serve chilled. Store in refrigerator till required.

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