eclairs gone soft

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Yesterday i made eclairs and they originally turned out fine, they puffed, had good texture, i wasnt going to fill them until today but i woke up and they had all gone soft, the shells weren't hard at all instead really soft. What would the issue be?
 

phatch

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Humidity from one source or another. If you covered them early, they may have self steamed some. If you live in a humid environment, that can do it too. 
 
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Save the day by placing on a cooling rack (the holes in the rack ensures even heat) in a slow oven for a few minutes.
Watch closely or you will end up with a too dark/ crispy shell.

mimi
 
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No i didnt do that, i didnt know you wetr supposed to! Just like a skewer or something?
I use the end of a paring knife.. The steam is what gives the eclair it's lift so there is quite a bit in there after baking. Mimi also had a good point, have to bake at med temp until they're almost crisp. If the temp is too high they'll over brown before they're dehydrated enough and will collapse.
 
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Save the day by placing on a cooling rack (the holes in the rack ensures even heat) in a slow oven for a few minutes.
Watch closely or you will end up with a too dark/ crispy shell.

mimi
Sorta left out this is to dry out your already baked and gone flabby shells lol.

mimi
 
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