Chocolate Eclairs are a light pastry treat full of cream and topped with chocolate. A perfect afternoon treat.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
- 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)
For the choux pastry
Preheat you oven to 180C / Gas mark 4.
Place the milk, water, butter, sugar and salt into a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil over a medium heat.
Take off the heat and immediately add the flour and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon until really smooth.
Then return to the heat and cook for about a minute. Until the mixture comes away from the side of the pan.
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.
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.
Pop them into the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
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.
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.
To fill and decorate
Once cooled lightly whip the double (heavy) cream or prepare whatever cream you are using.
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.
Leave the chocolate to set about 10 minutes then eat in 15 seconds flat!
Serving: 1Eclair | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.6g | Protein: 6.8g | Fat: 15.4g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 137mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 7.9g