It's 10.06 am and I am sitting here trying to conjure up something to say about these scrummy Double Chocolate Eclairs. I've been awake since 3.45am - because kids! I'm munching on my second breakfast (Toast with avocado and ham) because HANGRY and I'm on my third cup of tea already. I'm wearing sweaty workout pants from my 5.30am workout and have my flannelette jammie top on because it's a little crisp this morning. My hair is in dire need of a wash not to mention a haircut and colour; it's scraped up into a bun and not looking all that hip - because hey I'm a busy mum with kids! The oldest child is at daycare and the youngest is having a grand time pulling all the Tupperware out of the cupboard and drawing on the tiles with a pencil. I'll have to clean that up later *sigh*.
Love, love, love that's what this post is meant to be all about. It's Valentine's day and that is the day when most people pull out the romance card for their wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, fiance or partner. Ooey gooey things are spoken, proclamations of love are professed and many a smooch is shared. I find love to be different in my 10th year of marriage than in my first. The first years are still a little gooey, and smoochy and as the saying goes it's the "honeymoon period". By the time you get closer to double digits the gooeyness might have faded a little but there is a certain steadfastness, strength and silent comfort in the love shared.
This past month has been very tough for the family. We've run the course of health scares with Little Miss and dealing with the unexpected death of my brother-in-law. Through these hard moments, I found it has made us stronger as a couple with the difficult moments being like mortar between the bricks of our marriage, bringing us together and making it stronger.
Eclairs are one of my hubby's favourite treats and I knew I wanted to spoil him and make a Lover's Double Chocolate Eclair just for him. The process of making them does taking a little bit so give yourself a couple of hours to put them all together. I would recommend making the choux pastry hearts and dark chocolate creme`patisserie the day before and assembling the day you want to serve them. These little treats are not overly rich and sit just nicely alongside a cup of coffee. Talking about coffee you so could add a dash into the creme`patisserie for a touch of coffee flavour or if you want to be a bit naughty add a dash or rum or bourbon. If you can't find any love heart sprinkles just add some chocolate ones or whatever you can find at the supermarket.
Oh, you can't forget the sprinkling of rose petals to serve these with. Kidding!!! I'm super excited to share my first video with you today. I've been learning how to make my own video tutorials over the past month and I have been slowly putting them up on my YouTube channel. Please go over and check it out and subscribe! I will be forever grateful and I might even deliver you one of these Double Chocolate Eclairs as a thankyou. The recipe is a tutorial on the process of making these eclairs and the full recipe will be below that. Love to hear some feedback about my tutorials in the comments section below. In the mean time Happy Valentine's everyone, I hope you have a very special day - don't forget to spoil your loved one with a Lover's Double Chocolate Eclair! :-)