291 Fewer Calories
12 g Less Fat
Cream Puff Dough:
1 cup water
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 egg white
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1 large egg
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup frozen thawed fat-free whipped topping
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
To make the cream puff dough, bring the water, butter, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir in the flour all at once, and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the eggs and egg white, one at a time, beating well after each addition, until the dough is smooth and shiny. After each egg is added, the dough will separate, but with continued beating, it will stiffen and become smooth.
Spoon the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip. Pipe the dough onto the baking sheet into twelve 3-inch strips, spacing the eclairs about 1-inch apart. Bake until golden, 30 – 35 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet about 5 minutes. With a serrated knife, split the eclairs in half lengthwise. With your fingers, pull out some of the soft dough from the centers. Transfer the eclairs to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the filling, whisk together the granulated sugar, flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the milk and egg and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Do not boil or the mixture may curdle. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla. Scrape the filling into a medium bowl. Place a piece of plastic wrap onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming; refrigerate until the custard is cooled completely, about 40 minutes. Gently fold in the whipped topping.
Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the filling onto the bottom half of each shell. Replace tops and dust with confectioners’ sugar. Serve at once or within 2 hours.
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Per Serving: 154 Cal; 5 g Protein; 7 g Tot Fat; 4 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 19 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 7 g Sugar; 59 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 73 mg Sodium; 69 mg Cholesterol
Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Mini Chocolate Eclairs
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of the Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen
Per Serving: 445 Cal; 8 g Protein; 19 g Tot Fat; 10 g Sat Fat; 5 g Mono Fat; 63 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 49 g Sugar; 103 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 235 mg Sodium; 186 mg Cholesterol
Dear, Paula Deen
Well I think you are the most amazing person, you are my role model if they took you off from the set I would of died inside your the best cook and I can't waite to see you again
Alexis Conner in Summer Salad Days on December 04, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Paula, I used to watch your show on Food Network a lot when I still had the TV and cable many year ago. You weren't even that big a star back then. I always love watching you cook on Youtube after I ditched my TV and cable and read your recipes on Food Network Magazines. I hope one day you can return to Food Network and the Food Network Magazine. I stop buying the magazine since you were gone.
Orindary Jane in Love at Last on December 04, 2013 at 2:32 am
Great blog Cindy!!!! I always enjoy reading your post. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is absolutely beautiful and so easy to make.
Ann in A Perfectly Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece on December 03, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Paula, made your Zucchini Custard Casserole for Thanksgiving and it was Fantastic!!! Thank you so much! Love you & your family. Happy holidays!
Pat Walker in Love at Last on December 02, 2013 at 8:45 pm