Tasty Chocolate Eclair
One of the beauties of traveling is that you’ll get to taste different cuisines. You’d see a plethora of dishes, desserts, and all sorts of food that you never thought existed. Until you find one that becomes your favorite…..
Now if you have been to France already, there is no way you haven’t had “Eclairs” yet. In French, the term actually means “flash of lightning” because of how easy it is to pull this type of pastry together.
So what is an eclair? It is an oblong pastry made with choux dough and is usually filled with cream and topped with chocolate icing. Well, nowadays, eclairs come with various fillings as well as toppings, and that what makes it more fun to make.
Let me give you a brief history of eclair…It is believed that it was first made in French during the 19th century, somewhere around the 1850s to 1860s. Before, this pastry was known as “petite Duchesse” or “pain a la Duchesse”. There are also some historians claiming that eclairs existed long before the 1850s. The very first English-language eclair recipe appeared in a cookbook that was published in 1884. Since then, these beauties became quite popular.
Do you want to try making eclairs at home? Take a look at this:
Have a company coming? This tasty French Chocolate Eclair would surely impress your guests. It’s easier than you think!
9 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
4 large eggs (lightly beaten)
1 cup of water
2 cups of milk
1/3 cup each sugar and cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (semisweet)
1 cup warm heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a bowl.
- Put water and butter in a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the flour mixture. Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture until it turns to a “ball”. Let it cool a little bit, make an indentation, and slowly stir in the beaten eggs. Mix well until it comes together like a sticky paste. Let it cool slightly.
- Transfer the mixture into a pastry bag with a half-inch round tip and pipe out a line about 4 inches long. Using a spoon or your fingers, form into place. You should be able to make up to a dozen eclairs.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduce heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for another 25 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.
- Turn the oven off and keep the door open. Make half-inch incisions on each eclair and leave the oven door open for about 10 minutes.
- Combine egg yolks, cornstarch, and sugar in a heat-safe bowl. Mix until smooth.
- Pour the milk into a large saucepan along with the vanilla paste and pod. Bring it to a simmer and then strain out the bean. Let it cool down a little bit and then slowly add the mixture to the egg mixture. Combine well.
- Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan, but this time, let is pass through a fine-mesh sieve. Heat it and bring it to a boil until it gets thickened. Remove from heat, let it cool, and whisk butter until smooth. Transfer to a shallow container and put it in the fridge until needed.
Filling the shells:
- Pierce bottom of eclairs (3 holes).
- Put the pastry cream into a pastry bag and fill each hole in the eclairs with the cream.
Making the glaze:
- Put the chocolate chips in a heat-safe bowl and then pour the hot cream over. Wait for up to 4 minutes and whisk until ganache is formed.
- To keep chocolate in liquid form, place bowl over a simmer saucepan filled with up 2 inches of water.
- Dip each eclair (about 1/3) topside down to coat with chocolate. Place on a cooling rack.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
If you want to make uniform shells, create a marking on the parchment paper using a pencil.
- Cuisine: French
When keeping the finished eclairs in the fridge, do not cover them as doing so will ruin the coating or topping.
Eclairs are really good when they are chilled so I highly recommend making them ahead of time and allow to sit in the fridge for quite some time before serving.
Enjoy your tasty chocolate eclairs! 🙂