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Chocolate Eclairs

Author: Alisha R
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chocolate eclairs, chocolate eclairs recipe, french dessert recipes, french pastry, french recipes, how to make chocolate eclairs
Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Calories: 244kcal
Chocolate Eclairs is an oblong pastry featuring the choux pastry, vanilla pastry cream, and chocolate ganache topping. Check out the recipe video on how to make chocolate eclairs at home

Ingredients

FOR THE CHOUX PASTRY:

  • 80 ml water
  • 80 ml milk 
  • 75 grams salted butter
  • 25 grams granulated sugar
  • 100 grams all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs

FOR THE VANILLA PASTRY CREAM:

  • 2 cups milk  (450 ml)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup castor sugar (150 grams)
  • ¼ cup cornstarch (25 grams)
  • 4 eggs yolks
  • 3 tablespoon salted butter (45 grams)

FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE TOPPING:

  • ½ cup cooking cream (115 ml)
  • 4 oz dark chocolate,chopped (110 grams)
  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee powder (optional)

FOR GARNISHING:

  • few almond flakes

Instructions

FOR THE CHOUX PASTRY:

  • First of all, add the water, milk, sugar, and butter in a pan. Mix well until all the butter has melted. Once the mixture comes to a slight boil, remove from the gas and add the flour to it. Whisk well till it all comes together
  • Again, put this mixture onto the gas and cook well on medium heat until the dough comes together and forms a smooth ball 
  • Take off the heat into a heatproof bowl. Using an electric beater, beat the dough as it is too hot right now. Then, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after every addition. Finally, the mixture should feel like a thick smooth paste.
  • Put this pastry dough in a piping bag with a large round or star tip. Pipe the mixture onto a parchment paper making sure each eclair is piped at a distance from each other 
  • Bake this in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 10 mins and then reduce the heat to 180 degrees C, continue baking for 30 to 40 mins. The eclairs should be firm and brown
  • Let the eclairs sit in the refrigerator while you make the custard

FOR THE VANILLA PASTRY CREAM: 

  • In a pan, heat the milk along with the Vanilla extract. Bring it to a slight boil and switch off the gas 
  • In a bowl, combine the cornflour, sugar and egg yolks. Mix well until the mixture turns light in color and smooth. Add the warm milk to the mixture and mix well making sure there are no lumps 
  • Put this mixture back onto the gas and cook on medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken. This should take about 2 minutes. Once done put this mixture in a bowl and cover with cling wrap, let it sit in the refrigerator for 30 mins

FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE TOPPING: 

  • In a pan, add the cream and coffee to it. Bring it to a slight boil and switch off the gas. Add the chocolate to it and mix well until all the chocolate has melted. Put the chocolate mixture in the bowl and keep aside 

ASSEMBLING THE CHOCOLATE ECLAIR: 

  • Fill the pastry cream in the eclairs by making small holes below every eclair just as shown in the video. Coat the chocolate coffee ganache onto the eclair by dipping each eclair into the ganache mixture. Decorate with almond flakes. Let the eclairs sit in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 mins before serving. As a result, the eclairs taste even better

Recipe Notes

If the custard filling turns thick, roughly beat it with a whisk. Add a few teaspoons of warm milk if required while beating

Recipe Video

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Nutrition Information
Serving: 100g | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.4g | Protein: 4.56g | Fat: 14.41g | Saturated Fat: 8.232g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.211g | Trans Fat: 0.262g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15.68g

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