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article imageReview: Chocolate éclair pastry is a savory delight at Spartan Diner Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 15, 2013 in Food
Farmingdale - On September 14, I was afforded the privilege to taste a chocolate choux pastry (better known as a chocolate éclair) at the Spartan Diner in Farmingdale, New York.
It tasted quite rich and savory and it is great for any special occasion, whether it is a birthday, christening, graduation, anniversary or a side dish for dessert.
Particularly impressive about their choux pastry was that it is baked on the premises of the diner. Pastry chef Nikos Arholekas was gracious enough to share his chocolate choux family recipe for the sweet delight.
Arholekas noted that the chocolate choux pastry consisted of equal amounts of water, milk and butter. "After you melt the butter in water and milk, you thoroughly stir it with a whisk vigorously," he said.
The pastry chef added, "Then you throw it in a mixing bowl and you add the eggs in last. Afterwards, you put the mix in a piping bag and you squeeze out the individual shells."
He recommended that it is best to bake the chocolate éclairs in the oven at 350 degrees until they are golden brown.
"After the shells cool off, you slice them horizontally and you fill them up with custard cream. Bon Apetit," he concluded.
The Verdict
The Spartan Diner's chocolate choux pastry deserves two giant thumbs up. For New York residents that are not from the Long Island area, this pastry alone is worth a visit to Long Island, otherwise a patron would have to go to the bakeries in France to find éclairs that taste as heavenly.
To learn more about the Spartan Diner and its entire menu, visit their official page on Facebook.
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