A place of Honor for French Eclairs, March 9 to 24
If you’ve never had one, the best way to describe it would be as a light and hollow pastry about the length of a finger, with a creamy filling and a glazed frosting. Legend has it that they got their name (éclair is French for lightning) from the speed at which they are devoured. Standard flavors are chocolate, vanilla and coffee but the combinations can go as far as the imagination of the chef can take them. Shop windows in bakeries all over the country will place their éclairs in a place of honor, focusing on the marriage of raspberry and peach, vanilla and crunchy caramel and almond with apple. Young chefs are creating savory éclairs which make a light snack of appetizer.
Nobody really needs convincing when it comes to éclairs, but la quinzaine des éclairs is good a reminder the a little indulgence is good for the soul. In any case, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
More information at http://www.laquinzainedeseclairs.com