Chocolate Éclairs

The perfect afternoon treat chocolate éclairs,

Is there anything better in life then a mid afternoon indulgent snack that you know you shouldn’t be eating but you just can’t resist? I didn’t think so; after all lets face it we are all sweet addicts here.

A few days ago I had a surplus of cream and was looking for ideas of what to do with it, I hate the idea of food waste, especially something as yummy as cream. My sister came up with the idea of making chocolate éclairs.

Now I’m up for most things but I hadn’t made choux pastry before so I thought why not, I’ll give most things a go.

I was a little worried as I have heard and read real horror stories about attempted choux pastry and I was worried about the dreaded kitchen fail!!! But nothing ventured nothing gained. And this is what I came up with,

close up of chocolate eclair

Even if I say so my self these were delicious. The pastry was light, fluffy and crispy all at the same time. Now traditionally the filling should be a crème anglaise but as I said before I had cream I needed to use up so I just lightly whipped the double (heavy) cream I had and it was lovely. Then topped it with a nice bit of chocolate.

A lovely afternoon snack not to heavy but rich enough to be a bit naughty!!!

*The measurement in cups is a guide this recipe was made using metric weight*


Chocolate Éclairs

chocolate eclair

By Emma Published: March 17, 2013

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Ready In: 1 hr 5 mins

A light pastry treat full of cream and topped with chocolate.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. For the choux pastry
    Preheat you oven to 180C / Gas mark 4.
  2. Place the milk, water, butter, sugar and salt into a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil over a medium heat.
    butter and milk in a pan
  3. Take off the heat and immediately add the flour and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon until really smooth.
    flour added to the saucepan
  4. Then return to the heat and cook for about a minute. Until the mixture comes away from the side of the pan.
    before the egg is added
  5. Remove from the heat again and wait around 1 minute before adding the egg, as you don’t want scrambled egg you need this small amount of cooling time. Whisk the egg into the mixture until you have a nice smooth batter.
    the finished batter
  6. Now put the mixture into a piping bag and pipe the éclairs out onto greaseproof paper on a baking tray. Leave a little room between them for spreading out a little.
    eclairs piped on the tray ready to be baked
  7. Pop them into the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
  8. I found just before the time was up I needed to turn them over in the oven and give them a couple of minutes on the other side to fully dry the pastry out.
    half cooked eclairs
  9. Once done take them out, pearce the end with a sharp knife so the steam can escape and cool them fully on a cooling rack.
    eclairs cooling down on the rack
  10. To fill and decorate
    Once cooled lightly whip the double (heavy) cream or prepare whatever cream you are using.
  11. Then melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until all melted and just spoon the chocolate on top.
    chocolate eclair with espresso
  12. Leave the chocolate to set about 10 minutes then eat in 15 seconds flat!
    chocolate eclair cut in half

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2 Responses

  1. Rachel K from MarmadukeS

    One of my favourite’s of all time, but not one I have ever made. You have inspired me!

    • Hope you have success, I was a little worried they would fail but I was impressed with the results. Honestly they weren’t as difficult as I thought they would be. Good luck, though I doubt you will need it :)

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