Monday, 1 August 2011

Choux Pastry - Chocolate Eclairs

I think we've firmly established that I love my pastry, love it. So I'm trying to push myself to make more and make it perfect. I'm really confident in my puff pastry but not so much choux pastry....I only made it once and I think I was about it doesn't count...all I remember is that there was some burnt cream involved, don't ask.

I found these could have been a bit sweeter for my liking, so a light dusting of icing sugar could just do the trick I think, I wouldn't recommend adding sugar to the mix on your first go as it can completely change how the mix comes out.
Choux pastry wasn't as scary as I imagined so it's definitely worth a bash!

So lets get to it.

Eclairs Recipe
  • 65g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 150ml water
  • 50g butter
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 300ml double cream
  • 150g plain chocolate
  1. Sift the salt and the flour.
  2. Place the water and the butter in a saucepan, heat gently until the butter melts then bring to a brisk boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and til in all of the sifted flour and salt.
  4. Stir briskly and firmly until the mixture form a soft ball and leaves the sides of the pan clean.
  5. Remove from heath again and cool slightly, ass the egg mixture until it is smooth, shiny and firm enough to stand in soft peaks when lifted with a spoon.
  6. Use straight away or if you have to keep it then leave in saucepan and cover with a lid so it doesn't dry out.
  7. Fill a piping bag that has a 1cm round nozzle with the pastry and pipe 4inch/10cm sausages on a greased baking sheet. 
  8. Bake for ten minutes at 200 degrees (180 fan), then reduce to 180 (160 fan) and bake for a further 20-25 minutes.
  9. Take out eclairs, they used be lovely and golden,make a slit in each eclair and bake for a further five minutes to help dry out the middle a little.
  10. Leave these to cool completely.
  11. Melt the chocolate in a bowl, over a saucepan of gently boiling water.
  12. Cut the slits again to ensure enough room for cream.
  13. Whip the cream until light and fully whipped (odd sentence I know).
  14. Spread the chocolate onto top of eclairs.
  15. Chilld in the fridge until ready to eat.
  16. Nom!
  17. Pipe in the
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  1. Ooooooooooooh might have to try and make these for Nathan... with some jam inside!. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm! X

  2. I've never tried to make these- always been too scared of a choux-disaster! These look great!


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