Éclair essentially uses the same type of choux pastry used for the making of cream puff. It is supposed to be light, have a crispy outer skin but hollow internally.
As per Wikipedia: “
“An éclair is an oblong pastry made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with icing. The dough, which is the same as that used for profiterole, is typically piped into an oblong shape with a pastry bag and baked until it is crisp and hollow inside. Once cool, the pastry then is filled with a vanilla-, coffee- or chocolate-flavoured custard (crème patisserie), or with whipped cream, or chibouks cream; and then iced with fondant icing. Other fillings include pistachio- and rum-flavoured custard, fruit-flavoured fillings, or chestnut purée.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89clair)
WHAT IS REQUIRED
Recipe adapted from Page 180, Essential Baking Book – Chocolate Éclairs
Servings : about 30 éclairs
4 eggs (please disregard one egg in the above picture)
125 grams of unsalted butter
125 grams of plain flour
250 grams of water
Chocolate coating and whipped cream
200 grams of dark chocolate
300 ml of cream, whipped
STEPS OF PREPARATION
Pre-heat oven to the hot 200 degree Celsius.
Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper or lightly grease the baking tray.
In a sauce pan, place water and butter. Bring to boil. Take away the sauce pan and add in flour. Stir until well mix. Put it back to the stove and continue stirring until the dough leaves the side of the pan and forms a ball.
Transfer to the whisking bowl of a stand mixer. Beat the dough for about 30 seconds. Add in one egg at a time and continue to whisk until the egg are well mixed. Repeat the same for the other 3 eggs. Do not add the eggs too quickly, otherwise, your dough will be very runny. If it is too runny, beat for several minutes or until thickened again. The end result of the dough should be glossy but not runny.
Transfer the dough to a large piping bag fitted with 1.5 cm plain nozzle. Pipe to your desired length (about 8-10 cm) into the baking trays leaving room for expansions. Bake at 200 degree Celsius for 10-15 minutes and reduce the oven temperature to 175 degree Celsius for another 15 minutes or until golden and firm. Do not open the door during the first 20 minutes as it will deflates the puff when temperature changes and it is unlikely you will need to open the door. You don’t need to open the door when you reduce the temperature.
Once ready, take out from the oven and use a toothpick to poke a small hole on both sides of the éclairs to let the trapped moisture to escape. Cool completely on a wire rack .
Meanwhile, whipped the cream until firm peak and set aside for later assembly.
In a microwavable bowl, put the dark chocolate and microwave using high or medium heat for 1 minute until the chocolate melted. Set aside for later assembly.
When cooled, split each éclair and pump in the whipped cream. Spread/dip with melted chocolate. If preferred, chilled for about half an hour before serving.
This is such a sinful indulgence. It is soft, light, creamy and full of chocolate fragrance. For purposes of serving my kids and family members, I have opted to cut it into one bite size.. it is addictive and one is definitely not enough for me..
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Your Chocolate Eclairs look pretty darn good to me, Ken! I think I could definitely eat a few, ugly or not:)
they don’t look ugly…they look delicious! YUM!!!
Look tasty to me!
The do not look ugly! I would happily eat them!
Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up at Saturday Dishes ‘CHOCOLATE” Blog Hop. I pinned it.
I don’t think your eclairs are ugly…lol. I’m sure they tasted delicious. Visiting from the Saturday Dishes Chocolate linkup
Thanks for your consolation statements. Haha
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