Rent A Mom


This week I my youngest daughter had a school project due that involved food. For her 5th grade Social Studies class she had to find a dessert to make from a country that her ancestors came from.

We have basically become mutts over the years in my family. I am 25% Irish, 25% Danish, and 50% French and my husband is Polish, German and French as far as he knows. My daughter chose France as her country. We decided to make Eclairs for her project. They were actually very easy to make! 

Chocolate Eclairs

5th Grade Social Studies Project

Chocolate Éclairs

Ingredients:
Filling:
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant chocolate
pudding mix prepared to directions on box
 
Pastries:
1/2 cup butter (1 Stick)
1 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
 
Chocolate Icing:
2 tablespoons butter
2 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Prepare pudding according to instructions on box. Chill 1 hour in refrigerator.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease baking sheets.
3. In a heavy saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter, water and salt over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Pour in flour all at once and stir vigorously until fully incorporated and mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat, let rest 5 minutes. Then beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
4. Drop dough into twelve equal mounds on baking sheets. Spread each mound into a 4×1/2 inch rectangle.
5. Bake in preheated oven 35 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and with a paring knife make a hole at one end of each éclair. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F. Return éclairs to oven for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
6. Prepare icing while éclairs are cooling. Heat 2 tablespoons butter with chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla. Set aside.
7. To assemble: Using a pastry bag with a small tip, pipe the filling into each éclair. Frost with chocolate icing. Chill until serving.

 

Yesterday afternoon I went to pick my daughter up at school. As usual there are a few of us moms who buck the Car Line Rule and stand at the school’s front doors to pick up the kids. I know, we are such rebels! This way we can gossip talk about what is going on at school and such.

Well yesterday I asked one of the other moms what her daughter was making for the Social Studies project. I got a blank look from her at first and then the look of fear started to show! She had no idea that there was a project due the next day! She asked me what we were doing and I told her what we had picked. She offered me $30 to make her a batch of Eclairs for her daughter! I asked her if they were part French and she said “We will be for tomorrow if you can make them for us!” I took her up on her deal and we made an extra dozen Eclairs. I filled her Eclairs with vanilla pudding and used white chocolate for the frosting.

This little incident has got me to thinking… maybe I should start a new business. Rent A Mom! I could hire myself out to make desperately needed cookies and cupcakes. What, you can’t make little Timmy’s school play?! Have no fear Super Mom is here! For $50 an hour I will attend the play for you! Just e-mail me a recent photo of little Timmy and I will videotape and take pictures for you. But wait, there’s more! Act now and for just an extra $20 I will stand up a give your child the old “Way to go Timmy!” shoutout!

Hey, I’m just thinking out loud here!

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7 Comments

  1. Boy those look good.

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  2. I wish I were in that class! LOL Look delicious! 🙂

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  3. I think you’re onto a great business plan and those do look delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe. I think I’ll try it out.

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    • Next time I make them, and there will be a next time, I am going to just make little puffs instead of the eclairs.

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  4. Those look FANTASTIC! I’m hungry now. 🙂

    I LOVE the whole rent a mom idea! Maybe I should do that too. Rent a dad! We should consider becoming partners Heather. LOL

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  5. YOU ARE HIRED! Oh my gosh, what a fantastical idea! This post is so rich, I just cracked up to no end. These projects, GAH! They just kill me. The mom ends up doing all the work….. GAH!

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    • By the way I got a 95 on this project! I, I mean my daughter lost five points for poor handwriting! Damn it, I knew I should have typed that up for her! 🙂

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