Chocolate Eclair

Chocolate Eclair

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Recipe Intensity: Moderate


For the Pastry:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a saucepan, combine water and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Remove the saucepan from heat and quickly stir in the flour until the mixture forms a ball of dough that pulls away from the sides of the pan.
  4. Let the dough cool for a few minutes, then beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, until the dough is smooth and glossy.
  5. Transfer the dough to a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip or a zip-top bag with a corner snipped off.
  6. Pipe the dough onto the prepared baking sheet into lengths about 4 inches long and 1 inch wide, leaving space between each eclair.
  7. Bake the eclairs in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until they are golden brown and puffed. Remove from the oven and let them cool completely.
  8. While the eclairs are cooling, prepare the filling. In a saucepan, heat the whole milk over medium heat until steaming but not boiling.
  9. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and egg yolks until smooth and well combined.
  10. Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling.
  11. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  12. Remove the custard from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let it cool to room temperature.
  13. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cooled custard until smooth and combined.
  14. Once the eclairs and filling are completely cooled, use a sharp knife to slice each eclair horizontally, leaving one side attached.
  15. Spoon or pipe the filling into the bottom half of each eclair.
  16. To make the chocolate glaze, heat the heavy cream in a saucepan until it begins to simmer. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips and butter until smooth and glossy.
  17. Dip the top of each filled eclair into the chocolate glaze, allowing any excess to drip off.
  18. Place the chocolate-glazed eclairs on a serving platter and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours to set.
  19. Serve the chilled chocolate eclairs and enjoy the creamy filling and rich chocolate topping!

Note: You can dust the tops of the eclairs with powdered sugar for added decoration before serving if desired. Store any leftover eclairs in the refrigerator, but they are best enjoyed fresh.

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