Éclairs

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  • Ingredients
    1 cup water
    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into pieces
    1 cup bread flour OR all-purpose flour
    1/8 tsp. salt
    4 EGGS
    Pastry Cream (Vanilla Custard Filling)
    Chocolate Glaze

    Yields: 12 éclairs

  • Nutritional Information

    Per éclair (1/12 of recipe)

    Calories: 285

    Total Fat: 15 g
    Saturated fat: 8 g
    Polyunsaturated fat: 1 g
    Monounsaturated fat: 5 g

    Cholesterol: 136 mg
    Sodium: 131 mg
    Carbohydrates: 33 g
    Dietary Fiber: 1 g
    Protein: 7 g
    Vitamin A: 533.6 IU
    Vitamin D: 59.2 IU
    Folate: 39.2 mcg
    Calcium: 95.5 mg
    Iron: 1.2 mg
    Choline: 85.6 mg

Directions

  1. POSITION rack in lower third of oven; heat oven to 425°F. HEAT water and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat to a rolling boil. REMOVE from heat and immediately ADD flour and salt all at once; beat vigorously until thoroughly blended. RETURN to medium heat. COOK, stirring vigorously, until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and forms a ball, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. REMOVE from heat. LET STAND to cool slightly, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.

  3. ADD eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition by hand or with mixer on medium speed, until smooth. CONTINUE BEATING, if necessary, until glossy and a small quantity of dough scooped on the end of a spoon stands erect.

  4. For éclairs: SHAPE scant 1/4 cupfuls into 4 x 1-inch fingers on ungreased baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.

  5. BAKE in lower third of 425°F oven until lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Reduce oven setting to 375°F. Continue baking until firm and golden brown, about 20 minutes longer. Immediately after baking, PIERCE side of each éclair with tip of sharp knife. COOL on wire rack.

  6. Just before serving, CUT OFF 1/2 inch from top of each éclair; pull out and discard any filaments of soft dough from inside. SPOON scant 1/3 cup pastry cream into each éclair; replace tops. SPREAD tops each with 2 tsp. chocolate glaze. REFRIGERATE leftovers promptly.

    Chocolate Glaze: COMBINE 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon butter in small saucepan. COOK over low heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat. BEAT IN 1/2 cup powdered sugar as needed until glaze is smooth and of drizzling consistency. USE immediately. Makes 1/2 cup.

Insider Info

Similar to cream puffs, this classic French pastry is filled with vanilla custard and glazed with rich chocolate sauce. Easy to make ahead for entertaining; add the filling just before serving.

Fill éclair right before serving so they do not become soggy.

Pastry bag: For faster, neater filling, press pastry cream into éclair from a pastry bag fitted with plain tip.