WorldCat Chocolate Eclairs - National Library Week Day 5

Friday, April 15, 2011

Chocolate Eclairs - French Fridays with Dorie
Chocolate filled Eclairs with Vanilla Bean Glaze
Whew! It's the end of my celebration of National Library Week 2011! This week, I’m highlighting a library thing, baking something and giving something away. Thanks for joining me in the celebration of libraries and librarians!

Today's library, baking, and giveaway are linked in a crazy synergy... I baked this week's French Fridays with Dorie, Chocolate Eclairs. But I made them in the shape of the WorldCat Logo, and I'm giving away a copy of the Dorie Greenspan book!

Chocolate Eclairs - French Fridays with Dorie
The Library Thing:   
WorldCat. No, not a worldly feline, but a totally cool online union catalog of a gazillion items from a ton of libraries. WorldCat's currents stats are here - 72,000 libraries and 1.7 billion records. You can see if your local library has a title or if it's only in a library in Australia; you can then go to your library to start an Interlibrary Loan to get books from all over the world. Pretty nifty, huh? I use WorldCat all the time. Give WorldCat a try on your computer or with their mobile app.

Chocolate Eclairs - French Fridays with Dorie
The Baking Thing:
I belong to two baking/cooking groups: Tuesdays with Dorie and French Fridays with Dorie. This week, the French Fridays with Dorie group made Vanilla Eclairs from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook Around my French Table.

I've made cream puffs with pastry cream in the past, but never eclairs. Eclairs use the same cream puff dough, but piped into logs and glazed. I made mine into the WorldCat logo and tinted the glaze with food coloring (Thanks JustJenn for letting me borrow your dyes!) Chocolate pastry cream filled my eclairs. Since my eclairs were mini, I piped in the cream and didn't split the eclairs.

Be sure to check out my fellow French Fridays with Dorie members and see their creations!

Please note: French Fridays with Dorie will not be posting recipes. Please support Dorie and purchase the book or find it at your library (WorldCat Link!!!)....or win one from me!

Chocolate Eclairs - French Fridays with Dorie
The Giveaway Thing:
Day #5: I'm giving away the lovely Dorie Greenspan's book, Around my French Table! (Although French Friday with Dorie members have the book...a second copy makes a great gift! Believe me...I received mine as a birthday gift!) Have you seen this month's Oprah magazine? There is a wonderful article about the Dorie baking groups! Read it online here.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post. If your email isn’t associated with your Blogger account, please be sure to leave your email in the message.
Note: This giveaway is limited to United States mailing addresses. One winner picked at random.
Deadline: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at midnight, Pacific Daylight Time
Disclosure: This giveaway and shipping is paid for by me.
*** Updated: Contest is closed. Congrats to Frannie (entry #35) ***
Don't forget to enter the Day #1 (Sarabeth Bakery Cookbook) and Day #2 (Crate & Barrel Ramekins) and Day #3 (Everyday Food magazine) and Day #4 (Silpat) giveaways!

Thanks for celebrating National Library Week with me! See you at the library! - mary the food librarian
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Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, I love your last photo! TOO cute!!! Great eclairs AND wonderful give away!

Divya Kudua said... [Reply to comment]

Lovely logo replica!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE the WorldCat eclairs! So crafty.

Mikki said... [Reply to comment]

wow this book looks so great! I'd love to win a copy of this!

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

This was a fun week of posts! I got a bouquet of flowers from my PTA for national library week also.

Isabel said... [Reply to comment]

Love your blog! My family would love it if I made things from this book. kyriacouu at earthlink dot net

Elsie said... [Reply to comment]

The worldcat eclairs are so cute!!!

jpetroroy said... [Reply to comment]

Adorable! I'd love the cookbook.

jpetroroy at gmail dot com

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

OMG, I love that you made curly, colorful eclairs and shaped them into the WorldCat logo! And that little figurine with the glasses holding the eclair looks a little bit like adorable!

isabel said... [Reply to comment]

I am having so much fun with you on Library Week! I would LOVE to win this book. And thanks to you, I just downloaded the WorldCat app! :)

Amber2Zoe said... [Reply to comment]

Love it! Love the cookbook too. I'm heading off to my library this afternoon.

Ken said... [Reply to comment]

I'm delighted to learn about world cat, thank you! And the eclairs look fantastic, great work.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Yum! I'm not sure there's a better way to end the week than with eclairs.

looloolooweez said... [Reply to comment]

Clever! I bet they're delicious, too.

Andrea said... [Reply to comment]

Long live libraries, and librarians, and books!

Terry said... [Reply to comment]

I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your post today and shared it with my colleagues here at the OCLC Library in Dublin, Ohio. What a fun surprise.


Sweet Sue said... [Reply to comment]

Those 'lil flecks of vanilla make a good dessert sooo much better:) Can I toss in my apron for your generous giveaway, have adored this book since first glance.

stitchinsweetsue at gmail dot com

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I love eclairs! Haven't attempted them yet, but your look lovely!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

How very cool that you made the eclairs into a logo. I love the idea of the vanilla cream frosting instead of the regular chocolate. Nice switch-around.

Alice said... [Reply to comment]

Terry--the WorldCat marketing team from OCLC is equally delighted. We might send out a link to this post to all the WorldCat librarians today...

Sara said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE the worldcat logo - that is awesome!! :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Mary, I'm gonna miss the librarian action figure! Lovely photos :)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the giveaway! Those eclairs look amazing!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Hooray for librarians! acartainoatgmaildotcom

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

i'd love a copy of the book. i'm always jealous of the delicious recipes you make from the book.


Kitchen Runway said... [Reply to comment]

Oh...what a wonderful giveaway!! I want to eat those eclairs off the screen! Great job Mary!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Haha <3 worldcat eclairs!
willitellu [at] gmail [dot] com

Tazeen said... [Reply to comment]

Great! Now I'm craving eclairs!! :)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Those look delicious and so cute and colorful!

Fathima said... [Reply to comment]

The eclairs are so awesome...

veronica said... [Reply to comment]

This is so great! Now I'm thinking about other WorldCat themed treats I could make! (vvichit * at * gmail)

Candy (Dulce) said... [Reply to comment]

They all look wonderful!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Mary ~
Love your WorldCat logo eclairs!
PAX, Lola

Catie said... [Reply to comment]

These look amazing!

Franny said... [Reply to comment]

Since following you on twitter, I definitely bake more bundt's! Love your blog!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

World Cat Eclairs-Genius!
Jennifer Buch
Youth Services Librarian
Ida Rupp Public Library

Aisha Jameel said... [Reply to comment]

wow ! that looks good :)

Cher Rockwell said... [Reply to comment]

Love the librarian holding the eclair! Your creations are all lovely.

Julie said... [Reply to comment]

That looks great! Can't wait to try them!

Mary said... [Reply to comment]

Love all of the recipes you've posted this week - thanks!

Carly said... [Reply to comment]

i've always wanted to try ecairs; they look really good, especially filled with chocolate(:


Kathy said... [Reply to comment]

Love your eclairs…great idea to do them curvy and make the logo!!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

your eclairs look so great--and i want that book so badly!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

huzzah library week! i picked up some neil gaiman just for the occasion :)

DPLK said... [Reply to comment]

Woo, I've been looking forward all week to getting a chance to sit down and enter your awesome giveaways! I've really enjoyed seeing pictures of all the food you've made from Dorie's book!

Shannon Riley said... [Reply to comment]

These look so good! :D

S said... [Reply to comment]

The WorldCat eclairs are so creative! I'd love to win this book.

Allison Day said... [Reply to comment]

I have Dorie's Baking from my Home to Yours (I used to be a part of the Tuesdays with Dorie group), and have been wanting to get this cookbook too. :)

email: sushiday [at] gmail [dot] com

Christine said... [Reply to comment]

How fun! Thanks, Mary! I would eat all of those eclairs, please.

Trisha said... [Reply to comment]

The Eclairs look great ... Dorie's recipes are really wonderful!

Betsy said... [Reply to comment]

I'll bet your Nancy Pearl action librarian LOVED the eclair! I never knew about WorldCat, so thanks for the tip. I do love the library!
Betsy (

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said... [Reply to comment]

I had a copy of Around My French Table home from the library for a while and I'd love to own a copy. I tried a couple of recipes including the Mustard Batons which were delicious and easy.

Your eclairs turned out beautifully and good job on the logo!

Mardi Michels said... [Reply to comment]

I love love love your pretty multicoloured eclairs. In fact I love pretty much everything about this post - I am a big book nerd so I can relate to a lot of your excitement about World Cat (and I mean that in the nicest possible way, right?)

LizG said... [Reply to comment]

Love this!!!

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

Eclairs are utterly delicious and another cookbook to add to my collection would be divine!!

Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

Interlibrary loan is the best. I've got a book comeing to me just about every time I go to the library.

vanillasugarblog said... [Reply to comment]

HA! love these photos. i think i like the vanilla glaze way better.

em²ile² said... [Reply to comment]

Eclairs are my favorite! And a French cookbook would be a great addition to my collection.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I'm in Canada, so don't enter me in the giveaway. I just wanted to say that I love the Worldcat tie-in you did with your eclairs.

Tiffany said... [Reply to comment]

What cute eclairs. I love the colors to match the logo.

Anna said... [Reply to comment]

thanks for the giveway :)

kasey said... [Reply to comment]

Ooh, those look delicious. And...thank you for posting the info about world cat. :)

Hennifer said... [Reply to comment]

I can't believe I almost missed library week! I'd love a new cookbook and am checking out WorldCat! We love our library. I love to find books on Amazon, put them on my wish list and then check them out from the library and see if they really belong on the "to own" list.

erinhoulihan said... [Reply to comment]

love your blog. love bundts

Tazeen said... [Reply to comment]

I absolutely love eclairs!

Renee said... [Reply to comment]

Great logo eclairs! Very creative. Good to know about the world cat resource too.

Meghan said... [Reply to comment]

I would LOVE to win a copy of this book!!! I've heard GREAT things and would like to join (offline) the cooking groups.

karen said... [Reply to comment]

Love your colorful eclairs, bet they were yummy.
Thanks for all the giveaways!

Catharine said... [Reply to comment]

Nice eclairs!

catharine.ellie [at]

sharonjo said... [Reply to comment]

I have Dorie's Baking: From My Home to Yours--wonderful cookbook. I'd love her new one too! Thanks so much for the chance.
sharonjo at gwtc dot net

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

I love the eclairs and have been dying to get Dorie's From My French Table to Yours! It's on my wishlist and higher up on it after seeing this post!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

i looooove worldcat! i totally keep all my reading lists there. so easy & convenient.

pajamachef (at)

jeannette said... [Reply to comment]

I have been telling my mom that I'd make her eclairs for a while now and I think its time to make good on that!

Japinnick86 (at) gmail (dot) com

maria said... [Reply to comment]

Must make these for the hubby - eclairs are his favorite!

cookingmama925 (at) gmail (dot) com

Jeanne said... [Reply to comment]

Let's face it...Dorie sets the standard! I've had this book out of the library 6 times, and would love to have my own copy!!!

Ashley Maynor said... [Reply to comment]

Wow--how cool is this giveaway!

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