A Fresh Twist on Chocolate Éclairs
3 1/2 oz. unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt (for use in a savory preparation, increase salt to 1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon of sugar (for use in a savory preparation, decrease sugar to 1 teaspoon )
5 oz. all purpose flour
4-5 large eggs
- Combine water, butter, salt, and sugar on a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, add the flour in all at once and stir until the dough forms smooth ball.
- Cook the balled dough for 1-2 minutes more then transfer it to an electric mixer and beat with a paddle attachment on medium speed. Beat the dough until cooled enough so that when the eggs are added, they won’t cook and leave with you with bits of scrambled eggs in your pâte à choux.
- Add the eggs to the cooled mixture on at a time. Make sure that the egg is completely incorporated in the dough before adding another one. Once completely mixed, your dough should be runny but very smooth and shiny. The dough should have peaks that slump over when you turn the paddle upside down.
- Place the dough in a piping bag and pipe away. Bake these beautiful pâte à choux in a 450 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes (for smaller servings) or 12 to 15 minutes (for larger ones). Here’s where the extra love and attention comes in: turn the oven’s temperature down to 375 degrees until the pâte à choux is deep golden brown and crisp on the outside. This can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. And voila, You have a great start to you éclairs!
120g fresh or frozen raspberries
1 tbs icing sugar mixture
2 tsp rosewater essence (you can substitute this with almond extract or vanilla extract)
2 cups double cream or whipping cream
- Mash the raspberries with the icing sugar and rosewater essence in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the cream until firm peaks form.
- Gently fold the raspberry mixture into the whipped cream until combined.
You can partially split the pâte à choux horizontally and spread the raspberry filling in the middle.
- Or you can put the filling in a pastry bag and insert the tip into one end of the éclair and pipe the filling in.
- Top the éclair with dark chocolate or even white chocolate ganache. Top with almonds, chocolate shavings, or whatever you’re in the mood for. Enjoy!