Simple Eclairs with Easy Filling

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These scrumptious eclairs are so easy to make. They’re airy, soft, perfectly textured, and are filled with a delectable cream!

We’re making eclairs today and I’m so happy I get to share this recipe with you. Whenever I make eclairs, my entire family is elated. We’re all fans of eclairs here, and with this easy homemade version you can create, you’ll become one too!

What Are Eclairs?

We can thank French cuisine for blessing our palettes with this incredibly tasty dessert. An eclair is made from choux pastry and is traditionally oblong in shape. It is filled with a custard or cream filling and topped with chocolate icing or ganache. Pastry, chocolate, and custard – what’s there not to like, right?

You’ll notice these eclairs aren’t oblong like they usually are. Nope. 

I like making mine in a mini, round version. They’re perfect for parties with a large crowd and are great to just pop in your mouth. I find these mini eclairs easier to eat and way less messy. 

Tips On How To Make This Bakery-Favorite At Home

  • Getting the pastry correct is really important. It should be soft and airy. No hard pastry here. The pastry isn’t made like most other pastries – in a mixer and rolled out on the counter. This pastry is actually cooked in a pot. You have to be quick so the pastry doesn’t burn or harden.
  • Use a pastry bag to make the shapes onto your lined cookie sheet.
  • Beat your cream ingredients until there are no clumps left. You want to bite into an eclair that has a smooth, consistent filling.
  • Pierce your eclairs with your pastry tip when filling. 

Keep these tips in mind and you’ll have delicious eclairs at home. No having to drive to the bakery for these!

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (100 grams) 
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • pinch of salt (optional

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How to make Eclairs:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a medium-size pot put in 1 stick of unsalted butter and turn the heat on medium/low until butter is melted.
  • Add in 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of milk stir for a minute.
  • Add a pinch of salt (optional)
  • Turn off heat and add a cup of flour, stirring quickly.

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  • Add in the eggs one by one, quickly stirring after each egg. (You can also use a hand mixer for this step.)
  • Your dough will start becoming kind of sticky. Put the dough in a pastry bag.
  • Spray two cookie sheets with Pam, or use parchment paper. Squeeze round or oval shapes of the dough on the cookie sheets leaving room between each eclair to puff up in the oven.

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  • Put in oven, check on them a few times. As soon as they puff up and get a brownish bottom take them out (about 20-25mins, depending on the oven). Let them cool down.

Meanwhile, make the cream:

What do I need to make the cream?

  • 12oz whipped cream
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

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  • Beat softened cream cheese until smooth and no clumps.
  • Add in 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, beat until well incorporated.
  • Add in whipped cream and beat for a minute. (The cream should not be runny.)
  • In a pastry bag put in the cream and make a tiny cut on the tip.
  • Fill in the eclairs

For the Chocolate Glaze: 

  • Melt 3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter in the microwave, take out, and stir in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Brush each eclair with chocolate or just dip the tops.

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You are done! Keep them in the refrigerator when not eating.

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Equipment I Used

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Homemade eclairs are easy to make with a cream filling and chocolate glazed top.
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 30
Calories 145 kcal

Equipment

  • pot
  • hand mixer
  • pastry bag with tips
  • Baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • cooking brush
  • bowl
  • mixing spoon
  • cooling rack

Ingredients
  

For the eclairs

  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 pinch salt optional

For the cream

  • 12 oz whipped cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar

For the chocolate glaze

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup chocolate chips melted

Instructions
 

For the eclairs

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In a medium size pot place ½ cup unsalted butter and turn heat on medium low until butter is melted.
  • Add in ½ cup water and ½ cup milk. Stir to combine, about 1 minute.
  • Add a pinch of salt (optional).
  • Turn off heat and add a cup of flour, stirring quickly.
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  • Add in the eggs, one by one, quickly stirring after each egg (you can also use a hand mixer for this step). The dough should start becoming sticky.
  • Transfer into a pastry bag with piping tip.
  • Spray two cookie sheets with Pam or use parchment paper. Pipe out rounds or oval shapes of dough onto the cookie sheet. Leave room between each eclair to puff up in the oven.
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  • Transfer to the oven. Keep checking on them a few times, but as soon as they puff up and get a brownish bottom, take them out (about 20-25 minutes). Cool down.

For the cream

  • Beat softened cream cheese until smooth and no clumps.
  • Add in ¾ cup powdered sugar, beat until well incorporated.
  • Add in whipped cream and beat for a minute (should not be runny).
  • Transfer the cream to a pastry bag with a tip and fill the eclairs.

For the chocolate glaze

  • Melt 3 Tbsp unsalted butter in the microwave then quickly stir in ½ cup chocolate chips.
  • Brush each eclair with chocolate or just dip the tops in.
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  • Cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
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Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 354IU7%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword butter, chocolate, chocolate chips, cool whip, cream cheese, dessert, eclairs, eggs, flour, milk, powdered sugar, whipped cream
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