Devilishly Decadant Chocolate Eclairs

With Halloween just around the corner what better way to indulge than with a delicious treat and these chocolate eclairs sure hit the spot.  No tricks here!   This was my first try at choux pastry and it’s not quite as tricky as I was expecting.   I am still practicing my piping so this was done free hand as only realised half way through I didn’t have the right nozzle for my piping bag so I just  cut the end off and prayed haha!    I am pretty pleased with the outcome and I may have sampled one or 5!    My recipe makes 12 – 14 but as mine  a bit fatter I made 10. What you will need:

For the Choux pastry

60g/2 1/2 oz plain flour

50g/ 2 oz unsalted butter 

150ml/ 1/4 pint of water

2 medium eggs beaten

For the filling and icing

300ml/ 1/2 pint double cream

2 tsp icing sugar

1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla essence (depending on how strong you prefer the vanilla flavour)

150g of dark chocolate (I prefer it not as dark so used 75 dark chocolate and 75g milk chocolate

15g 1/2 oz unsalted butter

Extras

Piping bag

Large round nozzle (or freehand if confident enough)

Large baking tray

Non stick pan

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  1. Preheat the oven to 200c, 400f, gas mark 6 and lightly grease a large baking tray
  2. Add the 50g of butter and water to a pan and heat gently until the butter melts. Bring to the boil and remove from the heat

 

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3. Tip in the sifted flour and beat until the mixture forms a ball and comes away from the side of the pan then leave to cool for 2 minutes

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   4. Gradually beat the eggs a bit at a time into the dough.  I use my Kitchen aid with the paddle beater on it but you can mix by hand too.  Mix until the dough is smooth and glossy20161016_155121.jpg20161016_155533

5. Put the pastry into a large piping bag fitted with a large round 1cm nozzle or you can try freehand by cutting off the edge of the piping bag like I did on realising I didn’t have a 1cm nozzle

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 6. Pipe 12 – 14 7cm/3in fingers leaving a couple of inches space between each one as they will expand when baking.   You can also make profiteroles if you prefer round shapes.   As I was trying freehand I made around 10.   The ends where you get that flick, just dab your finger into some water and gently tap the edges down so you get a smoother finish.  Sprinkle the baking tray and eclairs with a little water which will help them steam for a crisper finish

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  7. Add to the preheated oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until well risen and crisp.  Remove from the oven and make a slit down the side of each eclair and add back to the oven for 3 minutes to allow them to dry out then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool

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8. Whip together the cream, icing sugar and vanilla essence until the mixture begins to just hold it’s shape the pipe or spoon cream into the eclairs until each one puffs out a little

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9. For the icing melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water (or 10 second bursts in the microwave) then stir in the butter until smooth

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10. Dip the eclairs into the chocolate mix or drizzle over with a spoon and leave to set.  Will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for around 3 days

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Enjoy x

 

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