An elegant treat for afternoon tea, these are surprisingly simple to make


Ingredients (makes 16 5cm eclairs)

  • 55g Unsalted butter
  • 150ml Water
  • 70g Plain flour
  • Pinch Salt
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
  • FILLING
  • 300ml Thickened cream
  • 2 TBS Icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 TBS Cocoa
  • 1 TBS Icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS Bailey's (Optional)
  • TOPPING
  • 25g Unsalted butter, chopped
  • 100g Plain chocolate, chopped
  • 1 TBS Icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp Milk

Method

  1. Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees, and line a baking tray with baking paper
  2. Put the butter and water into a heavy base saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted. Increase the heat and bring to the boil, and then remove from the heat.
  3. Sift in the flour and the salt, then return the pan to the heat and stir together until the mixture makes a smooth ball that leaves the sides of the pan clean. Leave to cool for at least 15 minutes
  4. Gradually beat in the eggs, mixing well after each addition, until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
  5. Spoon the mix into a large piping bag fitted with a plain, 1.5cm nozzle, and then pipe 5cm éclairs onto the baking trays.
  6. Bake in the pre heated oven for between 10-20 minutes or until well risen and crisp on the outside. Make a slit in each éclair to allow steam to escape, then put back into the oven for 2-5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool
  7. About 1 hour prior to serving, make the filling by sifting together the cocoa and the icing sugar. Add the cocoa/sugar mix, *if adding* Baileys and vanilla to the cream. Whisk or beat until soft peaks form . Put the mix into your piping bag fitted with a star nozzle, and pipe into the éclairs.
  8. For the topping, put all ingredients into a heatproof bowl, set the bowl over a heavy based saucepan of gently simmering water, and heat until melted, smooth and glossy, stirring once or twice.
  9. Spoon this over the éclairs, leave to set for 15 minutes then transfer to a serving plate

Notes... Best eaten same day

  • Everyone would enjoy these; delicious and thanks for sharing.

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  • These look amazing they are definitely on my “want to make” list! thank you for sharing this recipe !

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  • Baileys in them – yum I will have to try these.

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  • These have always being on my ‘attempt to do list” as I thought they were a complicated desert. Might just have to take the plunge and give it a go. Fingers crossed.

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  • I don’t know what I do wrong, but I can never seem to get the pastry right for eclair sand puffs etc. It’s so depressing

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  • Now I really want one they look so delicious and would be gone as soon as they got out of the oven thanks

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  • mmm yummm perfection yet again. :-)

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  • This is my kind of treat,thanks!

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  • I love chocolate eclairs, normally have just the plain cream so chocolate cream sounds delicious.

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  • Never had cream in them and love the bit about making them adult too.

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  • Wow have not attempted these since high school, so need to make them again.

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  • Oh yum, I love eclairs, never had the chocolate cream filling before tho…..even more deliciousness

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  • Wonder who I can get to make these? I’d love to try them. Could even use thick custard as a filling as well.

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  • Oh WOW! Yes please, I would LOVE some of these.

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  • Ok. That’s it. I will have to pay you the flight and you can come here and cook for me. You are full of wonderful ideas!!! :-)


    • Thank you!!
      Hahah I would come and do it for nothing as I love to do it just for the passion I have for cooking lol

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