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Classic Eclairs with Vanilla Pastry Cream

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Homemade eclairs made from scratch is not only doable, it’s actually quite easy to master. Equipped with my reliable recipe, foolproof method and lots of tips, you’ll be indulging in these fancy French pastries in no time!

1HR 30MIN

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Sweet and Savory by Shinee
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Ingredients
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Servings:
12
Serves 12
Pastry Shells
1 cup
Water
1/4 tsp
Pastry Cream
2 cups
4
Eggs , separated
just the yolk
2 Tbsp
1/2 cup
Whipping Cream , chilled
Chocolate Ganache
1/2 cup
Whipping Cream
1 cup
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Tbsp
Unsalted Butter , softened
(optional)
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Nutrition Per Serving
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CALORIES
359
FAT
24.0 g
PROTEIN
8.9 g
CARBS
28.7 g

Directions

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Step 1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, or silicone mat.
Step 2
In a medium saucepan, combine Water (1 cup), Unsalted Butter (1/2 cup), Granulated Sugar (1 tablespoon), and Salt (1/4 teaspoon). Slowly heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently to dissolve sugar and melt the butter. Once sugar is dissolved and butter is melted, increase the heat to medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
Step 3
When the mixture is boiling, remove the saucepan from heat and add All-Purpose Flour (1 cup) all at once. Quickly mix the mixture until all the flour is absorbed.
Step 4
Replace the saucepan back to burner and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the dough, continuously mixing with a wooden spoon. The dough will start to form into a ball. Keep mixing for another 3-4 minutes until light crust forms on the bottom of the pan.
Step 5
Transfer the dough into a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment and mix it for a few minutes on low speed until the mixture is at room temperature, about 2 minutes. No mixer? No problem. You can mix it with a wooden spoon!
Step 6
Add in Egg (5) one at a time, beating well after each addition. You might not need to add all the eggs! The dough should be smooth and shiny, thin enough to slowly fall into a ribbon, but not too runny.
Step 7
At this point choux pastry is done and ready to be piped into whatever size you want. Uncooked dough can also be refrigerated for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
Step 8
To bake pastry shells, transfer the batter into a large pastry bag and pipe into 4-inch strips or 2-inch rounds 3 inches apart. Level peaked tops with a wet fingertip.
Step 9
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the shells are puffed up and golden brown, one baking sheet at a time. Don’t open the oven door the first 25 minutes.
Step 10
After the initial 30 minutes, quickly open the oven door and make a small slit on the side of the shells, using a small sharp paring knife. This allows the steam to escape and helps to dry out the inside of pastry shells. Bake for another 5 minutes, or until shells are crisp and golden brown.
Step 11
Transfer the shells onto a wire rack and cool completely before filling.
Step 12
To make the pastry cream, in a small bowl, mix together All-Purpose Flour (2 tablespoon) and Corn Starch (2 tablespoon). Set aside.
Step 13
In a medium saucepan, bring the Milk (2 cup) and Vanilla Extract (1 teaspoon) to a boil. Once it boils, turn the heat off.
Step 14
In a separate bowl, beat the yolks of the Egg (4) with Granulated Sugar (1/3 cup) until pale, then stir in flour mixture.
Step 15
To temper the egg yolk mixture, add about ½ cup of hot milk, while stirring vigorously. Add the tempered egg mixture back into the remaining milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it thickens, about 5-7 minutes.
Step 16
Transfer to a clean bowl and set it over ice bath to cool. Cover with plastic wrap so that it touches the cream and refrigerate it.
Step 17
Once it has cooled completely, whip Whipping Cream (1/2 cup) till hard peaks form. Fold in the whipped cream to the pastry cream and mix until well combined.
Step 18
Transfer the filling into a pastry bag with a small round tip.
Step 19
To make the chocolate ganache, in small saucepan, bring Whipping Cream (1/2 cup) to a simmer. Do not boil.
Step 20
Pour hot cream over Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (1 cup) and let it sit for a good 2 minutes. Then mix well until smooth for a couple minutes. Stir in Unsalted Butter (1 tablespoon) if desired to add some shine.
Step 21
To assemble eclairs, using a sharp pairing knife, make two holes on the bottom of each eclair shell and fill the pastry shells through the holes until the eclairs are filled.
Step 22
And then dip each filled eclair in the chocolate ganache.
Step 23
The chocolate glaze will set in about an hour at room temperature. If not serving right away, refrigerate filled eclairs.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
359
% Daily Value*
Fat
24.0 g
31%
Saturated Fat
14.1 g
70%
Trans Fat
0.3 g
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Cholesterol
186.3 mg
62%
Carbohydrates
28.7 g
10%
Fiber
1.3 g
5%
Sugars
17.5 g
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Protein
8.9 g
18%
Sodium
131.8 mg
6%
Vitamin D
1.1 µg
6%
Calcium
95.4 mg
7%
Iron
1.6 mg
9%
Potassium
82.4 mg
2%
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