Chocolate Eclairs!! Crisp pastry shells filled with light and airy chocolate cream and topped with pure semi-sweet chocolate. A classic!
Hey, let’s have another chocolate treat to celebrate the first official “Chocolate Month” at Baking Sense. This one is a beauty!
Take the same batter and pipe it into a different shape. Take the same cream filling and flavor it with chocolate. Now you have a new pastry from exactly the same two recipes used to create classic Cream Puffs.
For this chocolate eclair filling, and for the vanilla filling I pipe into Cream Puffs, I like to lighten the Pastry Cream with whipped cream.
If you prefer a more custardy filling you can use straight pastry cream to fill the pate a choux shells. It will take a double-batch of pastry cream to fill 24 eclairs or 24 cream puffs.
Watch the video to see how to make Chocolate Eclairs.
Make the Eclairs
- Preheat the oven to 375°F convection or 400°F regular. Line two 1/2 sheet pans with parchment paper or silpat. If using parchment paper, put a dab of batter in each corner to glue the paper to the sheet.
- Use a piping bag fitted with a 1 fluted or plain tip to pipe 4" long eclairs. Bake until well puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove the eclairs from the oven and turn off the heat.
- Use a paring knife to form a small hole in both ends of each eclair. Return the tray to the still warm (but turned off) oven and allow the eclairs to dry for 30 minutes.
- Cool to room temperature before filling (see note).
- Whip the cream with the powdered sugar. Fold the cream into the pastry cream in two batches.
- Scoop the cream into a pastry bag fitted with a small, plain tip. Pipe the filling into the eclairs from both ends to make sure each eclair is completely filled.
- Melt the chocolate in a small bowl. Dip the top of each eclair into the chocolate
- Refrigerate until serving.
The cooled eclairs can be packed into freezer bags (don't overcrowd or crush) and frozen for up to a month. To use, line the frozen eclairs on a sheet pan and heat in a 350°F oven for 5 minutes. Cool and fill.
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