Easy Homemade Chocolate Eclairs - Bake Then Eat

Easy Homemade Chocolate Eclairs

Posted on Mar 17, 2013


The perfect afternoon treat Chocolate Eclairs,

Is there anything better in life than 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, let’s 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 Eclairs.

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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.


 

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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 too heavy but rich enough to be a bit naughty!!!

Recipe:

Chocolate Eclairs

Prep

Cook

Total

Yield 6

Chocolate Eclairs are a light pastry treat full of cream and topped with chocolate. A perfect afternoon treat.

Ingredients

  • 65 millilitres water, (1/4 cup and 1 teaspoon)
  • 65 millilitres milk, (1/4 cup and 1 teaspoon)
  • 55 grams unsalted butter - at room temperature, (1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 100 grams Plain flour (All Purpose), (7/8 cup)
  • 4 medium eggs - beaten
  • 300 millilitres double / heavy cream - lightly whipped, (1 and 1/4 cups)
  • 75 grams Dark chocolate - melted, (Generous 1/3 cup)

Instructions

For the choux pastry

  1. 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

To fill and decorate

  1. Once cooled lightly whip the double (heavy) cream or prepare whatever cream you are using.
  2. 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
  3. Leave the chocolate to set about 10 minutes then eat in 15 seconds flat!
    chocolate eclair cut in half

Courses Afternoon Tea / Dessert

Cuisine French

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 Eclair

Amount Per Serving

Calories 251

% Daily Value

Total Fat 15.4 g

24%

Saturated Fat 9 g

45%

Cholesterol 136 mg

45%

Sodium 137 mg

6%

Total Carbohydrates 21.6 g

7%

Dietary Fiber 0.9 g

4%

Sugars 7.9 g

Protein 6.8 g

14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

2 Comments

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

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    • 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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