The Best Easy Eclairs

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So make it a first on these easy éclairs you make by using this easy recipe to treat your family to a great treat. This recipe uses the traditional choux pastry and then uses a commercial filling that gets bumped up for the middle, followed by an icing that forms the top glaze. For really classical éclairs, a ganache is used instead of icing then it is topped with whipped cream, but you can serve that on the side of the plate for extra measure.

Eclairs are a classic French pastry made from an even more classical choux dough. Choux dough is made by first cooking flour and water and butter on the stove top, then adding as many eggs as possible while still keeping the choux dough stiff enough to hold a shape when it’s piped. It results in an eggy dough with a lovely moist flavor. It is used for some really spectacular desserts such as croquembouche, a traditional French wedding cake. If you have not made choux before, try it out here. The recipe is easy to follow, and it is a real thrill to make something so unique. The filling is made easier by using a pudding mix that gets some help with a few extra ingredients to make it richer and more like a homemade cream filling. The filling is piped (or put) in to the choux, then topped with an icing rather than a ganache. There are a few photos that will help you figure out how to easily frost the éclairs.

If you are going to the trouble to make choux, though, consider using a ganache rather than an icing. Ganache is much less sweet, but easier to make. Just melt some high quality chocolate (any kind, but darker is better) with a bit of butter and heat up some cream. Slowly add the cream and stir vigorously until you have a pourable ganache. Easy, right? Find out how to make this recipe and many others at the website, Hidden Ponnies.

Nutrition Facts for: Easy Eclairs From Hidden Ponnies
Ingredients: Butter, water, all purpose flour, salt, eggs, milk, heavy cream icing sugar, vanilla extract, chocolate chips.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 10 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 282, Calories from Fat 104, Total Fat 11.6g 18%, Saturated Fat 6.7g 34%, Cholesterol 102mg 34%, Sodium 241mg 10%, Potassium 102mg 3%, Carbohydrates 38.4g 13%, Dietary, Fiber 0.5g 2%, Sugars 27.7g, Protein 6.1g, Vitamin A 7%mVitamin C 0%, Calcium 9%, Iron 6%

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