Homemade eclairs

Treat yourself to the exquisite pleasure of homemade eclairs, a testament to love and devotion. These delicious pastries require patience, but believe us, the result is worth every minute spent in the kitchen. Dive into the delicate, crispy shell encasing a heavenly custard filling. The combination of textures and flavors leaves you wanting more. Indulge in a bit of decadence with these homemade eclairs that will impress and satisfy your taste buds.

Ingredients

  • 140g plain flour
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 125 ml milk
  • 100g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 300 ml milk
  • 50g powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons each of flour and cornstarch
  • 300 ml cream

Tip

Caramel Crunch Eclairs
Melt 100g golden powdered sugar in a pan
with 2 tbsp golden syrup and 2 tbsp
Water. Once melted, increase the heat,
Then bubble until caramel colored
Remove from heat and stir in 4 tbsp
roasted almond flakes. Dip carefully
Place the top of each bun in the hot caramel,
Spoon a little more on top to cover
You would probably like that. Cool on a wire rack.Coffee and walnut eclairs
Once you’ve cracked the eggs into your egg
Add the choux pastry mixture, stir in 85g finely chopped
Walnuts. Add 2 tablespoons of strong coffee
Add the custard filling and make a glaze
Mix 140g powdered sugar with enough
strong coffee to get a thick but liquid coffee
Consistency for drizzling on filled rolls.Classic chocolate eclairs
Melt 100 g dark chocolate and 25 g butter
place together in a heatproof bowl over a skillet
barely boiling water. Once melted,
Remove from heat and stir in 75 ml
cream and 1 tbsp sifted icing
Sugar. Once it has cooled slightly, spread it over the top
Cover the tops of the buns and let cool.

Preparation steps

  1. Start by making the custard filling.
    1. Heat the milk in a saucepan until almost boiling.
    2. Mix sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in a bowl.
    3. Gradually stir in the flour a few teaspoons at a time until a smooth paste forms.
    4. Gradually stir in the hot milk.
    5. Pour everything back into the pot and cook over high heat, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes or until thickened.
    6. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until a smooth mixture forms.
    7. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the custard surface.
    8. Allow to cool and refrigerate until ready to fill the buns.
  • Preparation of the choux pastry rolls:
    1. Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7.
    2. Sift the flour, sugar and a pinch of salt into a small bowl.
    3. Place milk and butter in a medium saucepan with 125ml water and heat gently until the butter melts.
    4. Increase the heat until the liquid boils quickly.
    5. Turn off the stove and add the sifted flour.
    6. Beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until a smooth dough forms.
    7. Spread on a large plate and let cool to hand temperature.
  • Once the dough mixture has cooled:
    1. Scrape it back into your pan.
    2. Mix in each egg one at a time until you have a smooth, shiny mixture.
  • Cut out 2 large sheets of baking paper:
    1. On each sheet, draw two sets of “trace lines” 4 inches apart.
    2. Line two large baking sheets with the paper.
    3. Place the choux pastry mixture in a piping bag fitted with a 1cm wide tip or a disposable piping bag.
    4. Pipe two rows of squished “S” shapes, spaced well apart, between the guide lines on each sheet.
    5. Bake on a high rack for 25 minutes, reducing the temperature to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6 as soon as they go into the oven.
  • After 25 minutes, poke a hole in the end of each bun or split it in half and place it upside down back in the oven to dry for 5 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  • While the rolls are cooling, finish the filling:
    1. Beat the cream until thick.
    2. Using your electric whisk, beat the cooled, set vanilla pudding until smooth again.
    3. Fold in the cream.
    4. Pour the filling into a piping bag.
    5. Carefully pipe the vanilla pudding into each cooled bun.
  • Arrange the buns on a wire rack and brush each with a little frosting of your choice.
  • If you can’t decide, it’s easy to divide your batch of choux pastry rolls, halve the amount of frosting, and make a selection so everyone is happy.
  • Nutritional Information

    kcalfatsaturatescarbohydratesSugarfiberproteinSalt
    155 12g 7g 9g 4g 0g 3g 0.13g

    Equipment and tools

    • mixing bowl
    • Whisk
    • Pot
    • baking tray
    • Piping bag
    • Wire frame

    Allergen information

    This homemade eclairs recipe may contain the following allergens:

    • Dairy products (milk, butter, double cream)
    • Eggs
    • Tree nuts (almond flakes, walnuts)
    • Wheat (regular flour, corn flour)

    Storage and leftovers

    Store your homemade eclairs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To preserve freshness, it is recommended to consume within 24 hours. If you have leftovers, you can freeze them for up to a month. Thaw them in the refrigerator before enjoying them.

    Health Benefits of Homemade Eclairs

    Although homemade eclairs are considered a delicious treat, they also offer a number of health benefits thanks to their ingredients. Let’s take a closer look at some of these benefits:

    1. Rich in protein

    Homemade eclairs require the use of eggs and milk, both excellent sources of high-quality protein. Protein is an essential macronutrient that plays a critical role in building and repairing tissue, strengthening the immune system, and promoting healthy hair, nails, and skin.

    2. Good source of calcium

    Milk is an important ingredient in the dough and custard filling of homemade eclairs. This means that eating these treats can contribute to your daily calcium intake. Calcium is important for maintaining strong bones and teeth, regulating muscle function, and supporting nerve transmission.

    3. Provides energy

    The combination of flour, butter and eggs in homemade eclairs provides a good amount of carbohydrates and fats. These nutrients are a vital source of energy for our bodies and help fuel important functions and physical activities.

    4. Contains antioxidants

    Coffee, walnuts and chocolate are popular variations for filling or topping homemade eclairs. These ingredients are known to contain antioxidants that help fight oxidative stress and neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. Antioxidants are thought to have various health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and promoting heart health.

    5. Moderation is key

    Although homemade eclairs offer some health benefits, it is important to remember that they are still enjoyable and should be enjoyed in moderation. They are typically high in calories, sugar and fat, which can lead to weight gain and other health problems if consumed in excess. As part of a balanced diet, occasional indulgence can be enjoyed without a guilty conscience.

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