Chocolate Eclairs, French Pastry
by Tarla Dalal
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Choux pastry is a special dough that gives rise to a light, crisp and ‘airy’ pastry when baked. It is used to make amazing desserts like éclairs and profiteroles, and even some savoury dishes.
In this classic recipe, we have used the choux pastry dough to make Chocolate Éclairs, an ever-popular chocolaty treat that is crispy outside and creamy inside.
It is a light, melt-in-the-mouth dessert with a fabulous chocolate coating and an awesomely creamy filling. After baking and filling the éclairs, let them set at room temperature for a while. Once set, you can place it in the fridge for two hours and serve later if you wish.
You can also try other desserts like the Crème Brulée and Fresh Fruit Flambé .
- Put the choux pastry dough into the piping bag using no nozzle.
- Pipe out the mixture on the baking tray lined with butter paper to make approx. 75 mm. (3”) 8 cylindrical long at regular intervals.
- Bake it in a pre-heated oven at 200°c (400°f) for 15 minutes. Lower the temperature to 180°c (360°f) and bake it for more 15 minutes.
- Allow it to cool completely.
- Slit each eclair vertically into two parts.
- Put the prepared filling into a piping bag with a nozzle and pipe out the filling into each lower halve of the eclair.
- Dip half of each upper halve into the melted chocolate and place it over the lower halve.
- Allow it to set at room temperature for 15 minutes.
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