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Chocolate Éclairs

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Éclairs are a French pastry made with Pâte à Choux (choux pastry) which are filled with pastry cream or whipped cream.

I was going through some of my older posts and came across these éclairs I made a long time ago and I thought that these would be a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.

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I was really afraid to make éclairs as I used to think that they would be very complicated to make but they are really very easy to make.   I watched a few videos in order to understand how pâte à choux is made and I filled them with the pastry cream I have been doing for years.

On top I added some chocolate icing.


Chocolate Éclairs

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time:35 minutes

Makes:  16


For choux pastry

  • 235 ml water
  • 120 grams butter 
  • 280 grams all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 eggs and 1 yolk (235 grams)

For the pastry cream

  • 4 cups of fresh milk
  • 2 tablespoons of flour and 4 corn flour
  • 6 tablespoons of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 75 grams/2.65oz couverture chocolate

For the chocolate icing

  • 200 grams/8oz caster sugar
  • 200ml/7oz water
  • 250 grams/4oz dark chocolate
  • 50 grams/2oz unsalted butter

Chocolate sprinkles for decoration (optional)


  1. Prepare the Choux Pastry.  
  2. For the filling, heat milk keeping a few tablespoons cold milk to dissolve the dry ingredients.
  3. In another sauce pan add the flour and corn flour (starch) mixture, the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, salt and the cold milk and stir well with an egg beater.
  4. When the milk is hot, pour to mixture stirring constantly. Put on the heat and mix until cream sets. Add butter and couverture chocolate and mix until they melt and are incorporated.
  5. Pipe in the pastry cream or fill with a spoon.
  6. For the icing, place the sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat and bring to boil mixing to dissolve sugar.Lower heat and boil for 3 minutes to make a syrup. Remove from the heat and wait for a few minutes and when the syrup is still warm but not hot add the chocolate and butter. Stir until both have melted and blended to a smooth, sauce.
  7. Leave to cool, stirring occasionally. When the sauce starts to thicken, it’s ready to ice the éclairs.

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Update:  25 March, 2012

Eclairs are my daughter’s favourite French dessert.  When I made them again, instead of making pastry cream, I filled them with an eggless chocolate mousse.

Eggless Chocolate Mousse:

  • 500 grams heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 4 drops vanilla essence
  • 125 grams couverture chocolate
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of freshly grated black pepper


  1. Whip the cream with a hand mixer.  Add sugar and vanilla and continue whipping until peak forms.  Refrigerate.
  2.  In a double boiler melt the chocolate and mix in the salt and pepper.  Remove from the water bath and mix with a spoon until it chills but it should still be runny.
  3. Whip the cream again on low speed, adding spoonfuls of melted chocolate, until all incorporated.
  4. Keep the cream refrigerated until you fill the Eclairs.

Hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day!


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32 Responses

  1. Ivy, these look sooo delicious. Did you send me one? 🙂 I too have always been afraid to make choux pasry like for cream puffs. Worried I'd get it wrong. But I'm going to follow your recipe and give it another try. Thank you friend.

  2. Eclairs are possibly my favorite dessert! These look so good Ivy!
    I've never actually tried to make them, but given your beautiful results I'll probably will, following your recipe.

  3. They look wonderful! What a gorgeous Valentine's Day treat!



  4. Yum! I love eclairs – they're are my ultimate favorite dessert!

  5. Ivy, I love eclairs and I don't care that the cream filling squeezes out as I bite into one! Also, I brought back some Pavlidis coverture which I am very happy with.

  6. These look devine Ivy!! (I am glad I can comment today – the last time I was visting, IE wouldn't load your comments space.) Wishing you a lovely Valentines Day.

  7. Definitely a favourite dessert of the family! I love to fill them with a little of German Quark mixed with whipped cream.

  8. These look great! And definitely easier than I thought!

  9. I love eclairs, but I’d rather eat them than make them!
    I definitely think these are great valentine’s day treats!

  10. c est un beau dessert ils ont l air magnifiques pour la saint-valentin
    bonne soiree

  11. Ivy these look so decadent and very pretty! I’ve had mixed results with choux pastry but the video yo linked to was quite clear to understand. I think these would make anyone happy on Valentine’s Day.

  12. These would be wonderful treats for Valentine's Day Ivy! They look scrumptious.

  13. Ivy
    I remember trying so many times to make a good decent pastry cream until I finally learned a trick in college; to divide the sugar and heat the milk with half the sugar! By then I was no longer interested in making them; but I am always interested in eating homemade ones like yours!

  14. Great I can view your posts now – and even comment yeah!!!!!!!

    Eclairs are my husband's fav dessert. Your eclairs look delish Ivy! I think I will remind dear hubby I love him and make these!

  15. We learned Choux pastry in school cookery classes, back when cookery was still taught! It isn't so difficult, especially is you measure your ingredients carefully. The results are so impressive though! I could just reach out and grab one of these!

    Sorry I missed your call the other night. I didn't get to call back because my in laws arrived here shortly after I did. I hope we'll speak or meet up soon. 🙂

  16. I have to say I've always been a little afraid to make eclairs as well but those look delicious!

  17. I don't know why but it's difficult for me to send you a messate, I find your eclairs so gorgeous, I just want to have just one !!!
    Have a good day and happy Saint Valentine

    • Chapot thanks for trying again. I think it's an internet explorer problem, and other people using internet explorer face the same problems.

  18. Happy Valentine's Day!

  19. L'une des mes pâtisseries préférées mais je n'en fais pas souvent.
    A bientôt.

  20. I wonder if I could make those????They look wonderful, but I am a bad baker….Happy Valentine's day!

  21. Yum! Eclairs are one of my favorites! I've never tried making them at home though. These look great.

  22. Ivy…eclairs…yummie yummie, I haven't had these for a while…your look fabulous!

  23. Delicious Ivy! I've never made eclairs at home. These look great.

  24. What a perfect Valentine's day treat! I would think Eclairs would be very tricky to make. They look perfect!

  25. Dear Kopiastetogreekhospitality, the eclairs look amazing!!!! Telia. Eclairs I my most favorite thing in the world and I too figured that making them would be complicated but after seeing your post I am going to have to give it a try. "Wild Thing", you make my heart sing! Loved and saved this recipe. I shall revisit you soon. Thank you for sharing.
    Cheers, Gaby
    You can always visit me at http://ptsaldari.posterous.com.

    • Welcome Gabby,
      I am really glad meet another Greek foodie. Hope to see you again. Ivy

  26. chocolate is allways the best for a perfect valentine's day!and eclairs remind me a perfect childhood,thanks for sharing,ivy!

  27. These look so good! I’m comfortable making choux paste, but I do something wrong baking them and I never get the nice puffy middle. And the pastry creme looks lovely!

  28. Ivy, chocolate eclairs look so yummy! I love them…!

  29. These look gorgeous, Ivy. Had made some like these way back for a Daring Bakers challenge.
    Hope you are doing good now.

  30. Delicious recipe! I would love to have a bite of those!! Θυμάσε τα κοκ? Ψάχνω μια τέτοια συνταγή. Έχεις κάτι να μας υπόψη?