This traditional Chocolate Eclair recipe uses vanilla pastry cream as a filling and rich, almost ganache-like chocolate glaze.
Chocolate Eclairs

Eclairs au Chocolat (Chocolate Eclairs)
 
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Recipe type: Desserts
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. How to make chocolate eclairs:
  2. Prepare vanilla pastry cream according to directions and chill, covered securely with plastic wrap so no air bubbles appear on the surface.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. and lightly grease 1 baking sheet. Spoon the prepared basic choux pastry dough into a pastry bag fitted with a wide, plain tip and pipe 8 5-inch lengths onto the baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the eclairs puff up and turn golden brown. Remove them from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before filling.
  4. Make the chocolate glaze while the eclairs are baking and cooling. Place the chopped chocolate in a heat safe bowl and set aside. Heat the heavy cream just to boiling over low-medium heat and remove from the heat immediately. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and stir until it forms a thin, smooth consistency. Set the chocolate glaze aside at room temperature for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. To assemble the eclairs:
  6. Fit a pastry bag with a medium-sized plain tip and fill it with vanilla pastry cream. Insert the tip of the bag into the end of an eclair and pipe about 2 1/2 tablespoons of pastry cream into it. Gently spread 1 tablespoon of chocolate glaze onto or carefully dip the top of each filled eclair into the glaze before serving.
  7. This Eclair au Chocolat recipe makes 8 servings.
Notes
Make this treat using a super simple choux pastry dough for a base and you will have the exact pastry seen in bakery windows worldwide. Not a seasoned baker? This chocolate eclair recipe is beyond delicious, very easy to make, and attractive, even if you're not a pro.

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