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Chocolate Eclairs by Nielsen-Massey

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About the bake

Are you one of those people who can't resist an éclair? We don't blame you. These vanilla and chocolate eclairs by Nielsen-Massey are great for a sweet weekend treat. These cream-filled choux pastry fingers are a patisserie classic and they're a lot easier to make than you think. This recipe makes a crisp, light choux pastry every time. Fancy adding your own touch to them? Watch our video to see what other decorations you can add. Have a go, you've got this.

110Total Time
30Prep Time
40Bake Time
12Serves
A little effort

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 220°C (fan 180°C, gas mark 7). Lightly oil or line a large non-stick baking sheet with baking parchment. To make the buns, heat the milk, butter and 50ml of water very gently in a small saucepan until all the butter has melted. Meanwhile, sift the flour into a bowl and add a pinch of salt.

  2. Step 2:

    Increase the heat and bring the liquid to the boil. As soon as it starts to boil, remove from the heat and beat in the flour with a wooden spoon for 3-4 minutes back on a low heat, until the mixture is smooth and glossy, and leaves the sides of the pan.

  3. Step 3:

    Remove from the heat and beat in the eggs, a little at a time, then add Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract. Continue to beat for another 3-4 minutes to a smooth, shiny dough.

  4. Step 4:

    Spoon into a piping bag with a 1.5-2cm plain nozzle. Pipe 12 x 10cm long lengths (about 2cm wide) of the dough on to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes, or until golden.

    If you want to make party sized ones, just pipe out a smaller length, we recommend 3" (roughly 8cm)

  5. Step 5:

    Using a small knife, make a slit along the side of each eclair to open it out. Place the cut side up and return to the oven, turn off the heat and leave the door slightly open for 5 -10 minutes to dry out the pastry. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Step 6:

    To make the filling, bring the milk just to the boil in a saucepan with the Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste.  Meanwhile, mix together the egg yolks, sugar and flours in a bowl.

  7. Step 7:

    Pour on the hot milk whilst continuously whisking, then return the custard into a wide-based clean pan.  Cook over a very gentle heat, stirring until the mix is thicker than a custard, (it may get lumpy but continue to stir until the lumps disappear) Transfer to another mixing bowl and place some cling film directly on to the surface.  Leave to cool, then chill.

  8. Step 8:

    Meanwhile, make the chocolate glaze.  Heat the cream, sugar and Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract until the sugar has dissolved fully. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and finally add the butter, stirring until smooth and glossy. Set aside until needed.

  9. Step 9:

    When the custard is completely cold, add the cream and beat with an electric whisk until it holds its shape again. Transfer to a piping bag with a 1.5-2cm plain nozzle and fill each eclair.  Spread the chocolate glaze over the top of each eclair and leave to set before serving.

Ingredients

  • For the Pastry

    • 60g Unsalted butter (cut into small squares)
    • 50ml Water
    • 75ml Milk (whole)
    • 60g Allinson's Plain White Flour
    • 2 Medium free range eggs (lightly whisked)
    • 2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
  • For the Vanilla Custard Filling

    • 250ml Milk (whole)
    • 1 1/2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
    • 5 Medium free range egg yolks (lightly whisked)
    • 75g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 1 tbsp Allinson's Plain White Flour
    • 2 tsp Cornflour
    • 100ml Double cream
  • For the Dark Chocolate Glaze

    • 100ml Double cream
    • 1 tbsp Billington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 100g Plain chocolate (70% cocoa) (chopped)
    • 25g Unsalted butter

Utensils

  • Non-stick baking sheet
  • Small saucepan
  • Piping bag
  • Plain nozzle
  • Electric whisk

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