Gluten Free Red Velvet Eclairs

Monday, December 1, 2014

Gluten free choux pastry gets the decadent red velvet treatment, smothered in melted chocolate and sprinkled with freeze dried raspberries to make these indulgent mini eclairs!

Gluten Free Red Velvet Eclairs from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk
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Gluten Free Red Velvet Eclairs

There's something particularly indulgent and decadent about red velvet anything. The smooth chocolatey flavour, the luscious deep red; it's magical. And that's exactly what I was going for with these mini treats.

Freezedried raspberries on top of a mini gluten free red velvet eclair from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

There's just something about winter that makes me crave red velvet. Maybe it's because I grew up with Christmases dominated with towering red velvet cakes, with buttercream as thick as Lake Effect Snow squeezing out between the layers of the cake? These mini eclairs would be perfect dotted around a buffet at a Christmas party.

A mini gluten free eclair topped with chocolate and freeze dried raspeberries and flavoured with red velvet emulsion from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

Or, save them to make on Valentine's Day if you want a naughty, indulgent treat to woo your love or drown your sorrows. It doesn't matter when you eat them, to be honest. You'll absolutely love them! To make these, I flavoured and coloured normal gluten free choux pastry with red velvet emulsion. Once they were baked, I piped them with a cream cheese buttercream. Then, dunked the tops in melted milk chocolate before sprinkling over freeze-dried raspberries.


Components of a gluten free red velvet eclair from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

Gluten free paté a choux is easy peasy. Honest. Just as easy a paté a choux that's filled with gluten. There are a couple of tricks of the trade to watch out for: make sure you let the choux rest for about two minutes before you add the eggs and make sure you add the eggs with the pan away from the heat. Also, be prepared to get a good arm workout; choux pastry gets thick!

Red velvet eclairs with freeze dried raspberries on parchment from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

The top tools you'll need are a sturdy nonstick pan (if it's your first time making it, I'd suggest a stainless steel pan, though) and a thick wooden spoon. And if you're not a dab hand with a piping bag, then draw a rough guide on your parchment/baking paper so you know how much dough to pipe out.

Ingredients:

For the gluten free red velvet eclairs
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup rice flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 medium eggs
100 grams butter
few drops red velvet emulsion
milk chocolate, melted
freeze dried raspberry pieces
cream cheese buttercream frosting



A bite of a gluten free eclair with red velvet emulsion from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

Gluten Free Red Velvet Paté a Choux Eclairs

Instructions:

Make the paté a choux
  1. Preheat the oven to 200c/400f.
  2. Place the butter, sugar, salt and water into a sauce pan and bring to the boil.
  3. As soon as it comes to a rolling boil, remove it from the heat and immediately add both flours.
  4. Stir to incorporate until a ball forms and the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan. This should take about two minutes.
  5. Allow the choux to rest for about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the first egg to the choux along with a few drops of the red velvet emulsion and stir. The dough will split at this stage and your perfect ball of choux will separate into layers of thick pastry. This is normal and this is what you want to happen. Just keep stirring, quite vigorously, and the dough will come back to form a ball again.
  7. Add the second egg to the choux and stir. Again, the dough will split, but a bit of elbow grease and consistent, vigorous stirring will see the dough form a ball again.
 Bake the choux pastry
  1. Scoop the paté a choux into a piping bag. 
  2. Pipe lines of dough onto a baking tray lined with parchment or baking paper.
  3. Wet your fingertips in a bit of cold water and gently pat down any peaks in the choux pastry that may have formed when piping out the lines of dough. 
  4. Bake the eclairs for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through, crispy on the outside and light to pick up.
  5. After 20 minutes of baking, turn off the oven, leaving the eclairs inside. Prop open the door with a clean wooden spoon until the oven cools completely. 
Fill and decorate the paté a choux
  1. Once the eclairs have been baked, use a sturdy plastic spoon, a chopstick, or strawberry huller to bore two holes in the bottom of each eclair. (Do not slice the eclairs in half & then fill with cream! This is the worst thing you can do to a eclair; there is no surprise on the inside when you bite into it!)
  2. Scoop shop-bought or homemade cream cheese buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a long nozzle for filling cupcakes. Gently squeeze some of the buttercream into each hole in the eclair until it just oozes back at you. Repeat with the remaining elcairs.
  3. Melt some chocolate in a bain marie until liquid. Dunk the tops of each eclair into the melted chocolate, taking care not to burn yourself on hot chocolate! Rest the eclairs with the chocolate facing up and sprinkle over a generous portion of freeze-dried raspberries.
 Here's my filling technique illustrated:
Use a sturdy plastic spoon or similar instrument to create holes in the eclairs from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

Pipe buttercream into the holes in the eclair from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

Fill both holes in the eclair from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk
Et voila! I hope you make these mini gluten free red velvet eclairs and I hope you love them just as much as we did!
    Gluten Free Red Velvet Eclairs with Raspberry from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

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    5 comments:

    1. Your Red Velvet Eclairs look amazing, Anyonita! Love that they are gluten free too!

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    2. Your Red Velvet Eclairs look amazing, Anyonita! Love that they are gluten free too!

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    3. What are the milk and xanthan gum used for?

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      1. Mix the xanthan with the flours and use both milk and water with the butter for the boil. Just my 2 cents

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    4. OMG that is genius! I've never seen red velvet eclairs before, but they sound amazing...such a cool idea :D

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