Chocolate éclairs







Cook Time

35-40 Min


  • 100g/4oz butter
  • 100g/4oz plain flour, sifted
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 300ml/10fl oz double cream, whipped
  • 150g/5oz dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces
  • Preheat the oven to 210°C/425°F/Gas mark 7, and grease two baking trays.
  • Combine the butter and 225ml/8fl oz water in a large heavy saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until the butter melts. Increase the heat, bring to the boil, then remove the pan from the heat.
  • Add the flour to the saucepan all at once, and quickly beat into the buttery water using a wooden spoon. Return to the heat and continue beating until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball. Transfer to a large bowl and cool slightly.
  • Beat the mixture to release any remaining heat. Gradually add the egg, about 3 teaspoonfuls at a time. Beat well after each addition until all the egg has been added and the mixture is glossy. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1.5cm/5⁄8in plain nozzle.
  • Sprinkle the baking trays lightly with water. Pipe 15cm/6in lengths onto the trays, leaving room for them to expand. Bake for 10–15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4, and bake for a further 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Split each cooled éclair and remove any uncooked dough. Fill the centre with cream.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Spread the melted chocolate over to the top of each éclair, in a line along the top. Allow to set, then serve.
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