Mini chocolate eclairs

    1 hour 20 min

    Chocolate eclairs filled with a cheat's secret: shop bought chocolate custard.

    83 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 1 tub shop bought chocolate custard
    • 125g butter
    • 250ml water
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 125g plain flour
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 60g plain chocolate, chopped
    • 125g icing sugar
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:10min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Grease baking trays.
    2. In a heavy saucepan, combine 125g butter, water and salt over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low. Pour in flour all at once and stir vigorously until fully incorporated and mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat, let rest 5 minutes. Then beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined.
    3. Drop dough into twelve equal mounds on baking trays. Spread each mound into a 10x1cm rectangle.
    4. Bake in preheated oven 35 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and make a 2cm slit in the side of each eclair. Reduce heat to 190 C / Gas 5. Return eclairs to oven for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    5. Prepare icing while eclairs are cooling. Heat 2 tablespoons butter with chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in icing sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla. Set aside.
    6. To assemble: Slice each eclair in half lengthways. Spoon about 1 tablespoon chocolate custard into the bottom half of each eclair. Replace tops and ice with chocolate icing. Chill until serving.

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    FAB! Easy to make and tasted great.  -  14 Dec 2012


    These were easy to make and came out great!  -  02 Aug 2011


    This is exactly what I was looking for! I followed the recipe exactly in making the pastry. It is so soft and moist, just like the ones you buy in the pastry shops. Everyone loved it! Thanks! Edit: I used this recipe together with Pastry Cream recipe and they both complemented each other very well!  -  14 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)