Chocolate éclairs

Chocolate éclairs

Total: 3 hr 30 Min. | Active: 50 Min.
vegetarian
Nutritional value / piece: 150 kcal
, Fat: 10 g
, Carbohydrate: 11 g
, Protein: 3 g

Ingredients

20 pieces

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Choux pastry

3dl water
75g butter
1pinch salt
2tbsp sugar
160g white flour
1tbsp cocoa powder
3 eggs, beaten

Light chocolate mousse

2tbsp full cream
50g milk chocolate, finely chopped
1dl full cream

Dark chocolate ganache

¾dl full cream
50g dark chocolate, finely chopped

Glaze

50g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
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How it's done

Choux pastry

Bring the water, butter, salt and sugar to the boil, reduce the heat. Mix the flour and cocoa powder, add all at once, stir with a risotto spoon for approx. 2 mins. until a smooth dough is formed which separates from the base of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat. Using the dough hook on a hand mixer, gradually fold in the eggs; the dough should be soft but not runny.

To shape the éclairs

Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a serrated nozzle (approx. 14 mm in diameter). Pipe 30 éclairs (approx. 8 cm long) onto a baking tray lined with baking paper, ensuring they are well spaced out.

To bake/dry

Approx. 25 mins. in the centre of an oven preheated to 180°C. Do not open the oven during baking! Then switch the oven off and leave to dry for approx. 15 mins. with the door slightly ajar. Remove, leave to cool on a rack, cut the éclairs in half crosswise using scissors.

Light chocolate mousse

Heat the cream in a pan, remove the pan from the heat. Add the chocolate, melt, stir until smooth, then leave to cool. Whip the cream until stiff, fold in, cover and chill for approx. 2 hrs. Transfer the mousse to a piping bag with a smooth nozzle (approx. 1 cm in diameter).

Dark chocolate ganache

Heat the cream in a pan, remove the pan from the heat. Add the chocolate, melt, and stir until smooth. Cover the ganache and leave to cool, transfer to a piping bag with a smooth nozzle (approx. 5 mm in diameter). Pipe the ganache and mousse in alternate layers over the base of the éclairs.

Glaze

Melt the chocolate in a thin-sided bowl over a gently simmering bain-marie, stir until smooth. Glaze the top half of each éclair with chocolate, place on top of the bottom half.

Good to know
Tip: Instead of bars of chocolate, use chocolate bunnies left over from Easter.

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