I learned an important lesson today. It was my first time really baking anything besides chocolate chip cookies or brownies from a box, and I made the rookie mistake of A. not budgeting enough time to cook before my guests arrived and B. not reading the instructions at least 1 day in advance. The instructions included multiple “refrigerate for …minutes”, and in one case 2 hours, that I did not allot for. The end result was delicious so I’m not complaining too much, but it was a stressful few hours which then bled into my party and kept me in the kitchen rather than spending time with my friends. My frazzled schedule also didn’t allow time for the desserts to “set”. The eclair cake, as you can see, became more of an eclair pudding. I should have made it the day before and left it in the fridge over night.
I made a chocolate eclair cake and pumpkin roll, both from Sean Brock’s cookbook, Heritage. If your interested in southern cooking with an emphasis on origins and sourcing, this is the book for you. Some of the recipes are a little out there for personal cooking, at least for an amateur chef. Just a lot of ingredients that I don’t have on hand, made more complicated when you can’t find other uses for said ingredients.