chocolate eclairs

January 22, 2007 at 10:54 pm | Posted in Chocolate | 10 Comments

i made these for the boy in lieu of our 6th anniversary last week. they were filled with chocolate pastry cream.

recipe for the choux pastry: (adapted from donna hay’s modern classics 2)


1 cup water
100g butter, chopped
3/4 cup plain flour, sifted
4 eggs
melted compound chocolate for topping

1. preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius. place the water and butter in a saucepan over low heat and cook until the butter is melted and the mixture starts to simmer. add the flour and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. cook, stirring, over low heat until the mixture leaves the side of the pan. remove from the heat and gradually beat in the eggs.

2. place the mixture into a piping bag. pipe or drop mounds of the mixture onto baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. bake for 30 minutes or until light golden. turn off oven, keep the door slightly open and leave them in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden and hollow-sounding when tapped. cool on wire racks.

3. place a creamy filling of your choice, such as whipped cream, custard, creme patissiere or chocolate mousse in a piping bag. push the nozzle through the side of the eclair and squeeze in enough mixture to fill it.

4. to finish, spread the melted chocolate on top of each eclair and allow to set.


choux pastry is known to be very delicate, but this mixture was a breeze to work with. you could also turn them into savoury bites by filling them with tuna, egg mayo, or anything at all.


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  1. Congrats on your 6th year! Just wondering, did just the two of you finish up all these babies…cos that would have made for an incredibly chocolatey sweet celebration. haha.
    the pastry looks great, and the chocolate glaze dripping down the sides…*swoon*
    congratulations again!

  2. chitz: thank you! 😀 no no… he ate two, i ate one, and he brought back the rest. hehe. and thanks for the comments on the melting moments as well, yrs look incredible. 😉

  3. mayaaaaa!!!!

    mine tk jadi 😦 too watery…mcm cair giler dong!!!!

  4. oh no… the pastry you mean? i rechecked the recipe… and the measurements are correct!

  5. where can i get those red heart thingies? my bf loves butter cake (and i cant bake anything else) so im gonna make him one n sprinkle these red hearts on top to make it valentine-y. haha. so sad. but yeah i dunno how to make anything else. lol.

  6. […] (re)used this recipe for the choux and it didn’t disappoint. the little globs of dough magically transformed into […]

  7. Hey Maya, I tried this recipe just now coz I have too much whipping cream going to expire soon. It’s the first time I made choux pastry and it turn out great!!! In fact, I like to it the pastry on its own as well.

    The only thing that bothers me is I ate 3 at one go (and mind you, my eclair was BIG because I do not have a smaller pipe tip) with the whipped cream and I feel so sinful. =(

    Well, only shows how yummy they taste coz I hardly eat the things I baked as I only enjoy the process. lol To lessen my guilt, I omit the chocolate topping but anyway, these pastries are yummy enough without the chocolate.

    Thanks for sharing this yummilicious recipe!!!

  8. bernice, i’m so glad it turned out for you! yes, choux pastry on its own is good; better if you could get hold of large sugar crystals. (it’ll turn out like the chouquettes at delifrance) keep on baking! 🙂

  9. Oh yes!!! I love the chouquettes from delifrance, YUMMY!!! I’ll definitely make this pastry again and fill it with durian, and try making the chouquettes as well. =D

  10. kak maya… tried yar eclair recipe.. reali din disappoint me… my famliy members love it and my frens too…. asking me to make more… muz find dat DONNA HAY BOOk ah… thanks for sharing wif us…. 🙂

    do keep sharing wif all de new goodies of yours k… 🙂

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