June 22, 2013

National Chocolate Éclair Day

“He has no more backbone than a chocolate éclair." - Theodore Roosevelt

It's National Chocolate Éclair Day!

If there's one thing my birthtown does right, it's pastries. It started off as French-Canadian community. And although there's been a shift in culture throughout the years, annually Lewiston, Maine still has something formerly called "Festival de Joie", now called "Festival Franco-Fun" (to whom it concerns: I liked the other name better). It's a celebration of French heritage and language, and in part pays homage to the generations past who relocated to the city in pursuit of a better life. As cheesy as it sounds, I'm incredibly thankful to my great grandparents for the hardships they went through to make sure their children, their children's children, and their children's children's children (ME!) would be able to "live the Amur-KAH'n dream"; and while I may not be the most patriotic young lady in the world, the idea of that sacrifice does get me choked up from time to time! All of that being said, we do pastries REALLY well - especially things like choux à la crèmes and éclairs (which translates to "lightening" or "flash of lightening"), which were first made in the mid-nineteenth century.

To celebrate, I went to my favorite local bakery and bought a made-that-morning éclair. I honestly can't remember the last time I had one, so this was a real treat for me! I forgot how deliriously good they are. Long choux pastry filled with vanilla flavored cream and topped with a rich layer of chocolate frosting?

I understand where these hips comes from now (thanks, Great Grandmothers!).

Happy National Chocolate Éclair Day!