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Chocolate Eclairs Recipe
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Chocolate Eclairs Recipe

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With creamy filling and fudgy frosting, these eclairs from Jessica Campbell of Viola, Wisconsin are extra special.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • FILLING:
  • 2-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 483 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 174mg cholesterol, 492mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  2. Using a tablespoon or a pastry tube with a No. 10 or large tip, form dough into 4x1-1/2-in. strips on a greased baking sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Remove to a wire rack. Immediately split eclairs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Cool eclairs.
  3. In a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix according to package directions. In another bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar and vanilla; fold into pudding. Fill eclairs (chill any remaining filling for another use).
  4. For frosting, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in sugar and enough hot water to achieve a smooth consistency. Cool slightly. Frost eclairs. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Eclairs in Taste of Home June/July 1996, p67


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Anne Oakes
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2016

"This was my first time working with pate a choux, and I feel like this recipe is not built for beginners. We followed the dough recipe exactly, and the eclairs did not rise."

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jramer1947
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"Everyone LOVES these eclairs"

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cookiebaker97
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

""Its like biting into a cloud!", they said. These are so light and fluffy and wonderful, and easy to make!"

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A13
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Excellent! These always get positive reviews. I would recommend that you be sparing with the shell when you put it on the baking sheet as the dough will expand enormously in the oven. These are just fabulous!"

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Running_Chickie
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"I made these for my husband on Valentine's Day. They taste great and are really easy to make! Thanks for the recipe. I will make them again and again!"

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akiddrn
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"I made these after seeing them made at a Taste of Home Cooking show. It was alot easier than I thought it would be to make and my husband has been nagging me to make them again! I didn't split them but poked a hole in the end and squirted the filling in. I used a ziplock bag to squirt out the dough to back and another one to fill the eclairs after they baked. I didn't put a pastry tip or anything on the bag either."

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mandy0126
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"These are absolutely delicious. It's a lot easier than I thought it would be and they always turn out perfect."

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carolynstowers
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"The Eclairs was very good. The only adjustment I made was to cut a small slit in the top and placed back into the over at 250 degree for an addition 10 minutes to dry the inside out."

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bravabear
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2008

"Worth the effort! My brother insists I have these whenever he comes over."

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