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December 25, 2014

Mini Éclairs with Strawberries & Cream

Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 4/ Day 2
Theme: Bookmarked Recipes
Dish: Mini Eclairs
For Day 2 of this week's marathon, I have these cute little mini eclairs I made back in April for the Easter party at home. I was always under the impression that eclairs are very difficult to make, on the contrary these are quite easy to put together and are sure to impress the guests.
Mini Eclairs with Strawberries & CreamThe first time I heard the word 'Éclair', I thought it the Cadbury chocolate eclairs we used to eat as kids. But this one is actually a French pastry that is made with choux dough filled with a cream and topped with icing. It is very interesting to know that the word comes from French éclair 'flash of lightning', so named because it is eaten quickly in a flash.
Mini Eclairs with Strawberries & Cream
Choux pastry used to make these éclairs is a light pastry dough that contains only butter, water, flour and eggs. These ingredients are first cooked unlike any other pastry dough where the ingredients are just mixed together. The cooked dough is then piped onto baking sheets and baked. There is no raising agent added but the high moisture content in the dough creates steam during baking to puff the pastry and create the typical eclair texture.
Mini Éclairs
I found the recipe to this mini eclairs on Martha Stewart site. Here the eclairs are split and filled with lightly sweetened whipped cream and topped with some macerated strawberries. Other ides for eclair fillings are vanilla, chocolate or coffee flavored custard, fruit flavored custards or chestnut puree. Fondant or even caramel can be used as icing for these filled pastries.
Strawberries
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart!
Ingredients
For the Éclairs:
Whole Milk - ¼cup
Water - ¼cup
Unsalted Butter - ¼cup or ½ a stick
Salt - ½tsp
All purpose Flour - ½cup
Eggs - 2 large

For the Vanilla Cream:
Heavy Cream - 1cup
Vanilla bean - 1, seeds scraped (or use 1tsp vanilla extract)
Confectioners Sugar - 2tbsp

To Serve:
Strawberries - 2cups, hulled & chopped
Sugar - 2tbsp
Mint - 2tbsp, finely chopped

Method:
  • Make Éclair: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  • In a medium saucepan, bring butter, milk, water and salt to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in flour.
  • Return to heat and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixture or to a mixing bowl. Using a paddle attachment or a hand mixer, mix until the mixture is cool slightly, about 1 minute. With the machine running, add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. 
  • Transfer dough to a piping bag fitted with a ½" round or star tip.
  • Pipe 20 2½" long eclairs onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake until the eclairs rise and are golden brown, about 20~25 minutes.
  • Transfer to wore rack to cool.
  • Make Vanilla Cream: Combine heavy cream, vanilla seeds and confectioners sugar in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour. Beat the cream until soft peaks form. Keep chilled until ready to use.
  • Macerate the Berries: Combine the berries with sugar and mint. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready o use. 
  • To Serve: Split eclairs in half lengthwise and pipe vanilla cream onto the eclair bottoms. Spoon macerated berries on top of the cream and sandwich with eclair tops. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve immediately.
Mini Éclairs with Strawberries & Cream
Here's a quick Pictorial of Éclair making: 
Combine Butter, water, milk & salt. Bring to a boil.
Add four & eggs. Cook, stirring constantly.
Cook till the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan.
Cool Slightly and pipe into 2½" eclairs.
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 47.
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11 comments:

  1. The dough is very similar to bamieh dough pavani! I think it must come good with ener-G. They look damn cute with the filling!!

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  2. Wow, beauties.. Thise eclairs are just tempting me...

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  3. Superb 👌👌 I too thought it was d Cadbury version.. These look divine !

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  4. Wow! They look delicious! If my kid liked sweet stuff I would surely try my hand at it. Perfection!

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  5. Even I was thinking it to be a very difficult recipe but you have done it so perfect like a breeze. Would sure like to try the Eggless version of these beauties. Lovely!

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  6. even I thought of Cadbury eclairs when I heard the word!!! delicious recipe!!!

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  7. So beautifully done Pavani, I always wanted to make Éclairs but haven't because of the eggs..:(

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  8. Pavani..these are so so tempting..I am just gazing at the pics...beautiful post.

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  9. Beautiful eclairs . I also made once but without eggs .

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  10. Well done Pavani. Yummy and irresistible eclairs.

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