There’s a reason that these chocolate eclairs are such a classic! They are the buttery, sweet, chocolatey answer to every pastry-lover’s wishes.

Prep:
25 min
Cook:
35 min
Serves:
4-6

Ingredients

Pastry
  1. 50g butter
  2. 3/4 cup (180ml) water
  3. 1 cup (150g) plain flour, sifted twice
  4. 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
Cream
  1. 150ml thickened cream
  2. 2-3 tsp incing sugar
  3. 1 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  4. Chocolate, melted

Method - Pastry

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 210C (fan forced). Line two baking trays with non stick baking paper.

  2. Step 2

    Place the butter in a heavy based saucepan with 3/4 cup water and stir over medium heat until it comes to the boil. Remove from heat and using a wooden spoon quickly beat in the flour. Return to the heat and continue beating with the wooden spoon until mixture forms a ball and leaves the sides of the pan. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.

  3. Step 3

    Continue beating the dough in the bowl with the spoon. Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition, until all the eggs have been added and the mixture is thick and glossy.

  4. Step 4

    Spoon the mixture into a piping bag and pipe thick lines onto the baking tray, allowing room for spreading. Sprinkle a little water on the tray to create extra steam when cooking.

  5. Step 5

    Cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden and hollow sounding when tapped. Remove, make a little hole in the base of the eclair then return to the oven for 5 minutes to dry out further. Cool completely.

Method - Cream

  1. Step 1

    Once the pastries have cooled, whip cream, icing sugar and Vanilla Bean Paste to firm peaks. Fill eclairs and top with melted chocolate.

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