Chocolate Glazed Mini Éclairs with Peanut Butter Cream

It took me a while to finally make this challenge, I had an overwhelming problematic issue, what? yes, confusion😉 I was so confuse, I couldn’t choose which filling I was going to make, pistachio cream, cherries chunk, rose water, mint whipped cream or citrus cream? … then I decided to fill it with peanut butter whipped cream, because I had this idea to make my choux in peanut shapes. To tell the truth I was confuse about the shape too. I know that eclair supposed to be long shaped (round =profiteroles and circle = Paris brest), but I would like to play a little with the shape …I would have make  ribbons look alike, unfortunately no pipe point to make it

I’m not that fond of bavarian or pastry cream espeacially for Éclairs, because I like the cream filling to be light and fluffy just like the choux. As for the flavors, chocolate and peanut butter are simplicious.

Thank’s to Meeta and Tony Tahhan for another great recipe, especially one from the best chef of pastry world.

Pierre Hermé’s Chocolate Éclairs
Recipe from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé
(makes 20-24 Éclairs)

• Cream Puff Dough (see below for recipe), fresh and still warm

1) Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Divide the oven into thirds by
positioning the racks in the upper and lower half of the oven. Line two baking sheets with
waxed or parchment paper.

2) Fill a large pastry bag fitted with a 2/3 (2cm) plain tip nozzle with the warm cream puff dough.
Pipe the dough onto the baking sheets in long, 4 to 41/2 inches (about 11 cm) chubby fingers.
Leave about 2 inches (5 cm) space in between each dough strip to allow them room to puff.
The dough should give you enough to pipe 20-24 éclairs.

3) Slide both the baking sheets into the oven and bake for 7 minutes. After the 7 minutes, slip the
handle of a wooden spoon into the door to keep in ajar. When the éclairs have been in the
oven for a total of 12 minutes, rotate the sheets top to bottom and front to back. Continue
baking for a further 8 minutes or until the éclairs are puffed, golden and firm. The total baking
time should be approximately 20 minutes.

Notes:
1) The éclairs can be kept in a cool, dry place for several hours before filling.

Assembling the éclairs:

• Chocolate glaze (see below for recipe)
• Chocolate pastry cream (see below for recipe)

1) Slice the éclairs horizontally, using a serrated knife and a gently sawing motion. Set aside the
bottoms and place the tops on a rack over a piece of parchment paper.

2) The glaze should be barely warm to the touch (between 95 – 104 degrees F or 35 – 40
degrees C, as measured on an instant read thermometer). Spread the glaze over the tops of
the éclairs using a metal icing spatula. Allow the tops to set and in the meantime fill the
bottoms with the pastry cream.

3) Pipe or spoon the pastry cream into the bottoms of the éclairs. Make sure you fill the bottoms
with enough cream to mound above the pastry. Place the glazed tops onto the pastry cream
and wriggle gently to settle them.

Notes:
1) If you have chilled your chocolate glaze, reheat by placing it in a bowl over simmering water,
stirring it gently with a wooden spoon. Do not stir too vigorously as you do not want to create
bubbles.

2) The éclairs should be served as soon as they have been filled.

 

Pierre Hermé’s Cream Puff Dough
Recipe from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé
(makes 20-24 Éclairs)

• ½ cup (125g) whole milk
• ½ cup (125g) water
• 1 stick (4 ounces; 115g) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
• ¼ teaspoon sugar
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 cup (140g) all-purpose flour
• 5 large eggs, at room temperature

1) In a heavy bottomed medium saucepan, bring the milk, water, butter, sugar and salt to the
boil.

2) Once the mixture is at a rolling boil, add all of the flour at once, reduce the heat to medium
and start to stir the mixture vigorously with a wooden spoon. The dough comes together very
quickly. Do not worry if a slight crust forms at the bottom of the pan, it’s supposed to. You
need to carry on stirring for a further 2-3 minutes to dry the dough. After this time the dough
will be very soft and smooth.

3) Transfer the dough into a bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using your
handmixer or if you still have the energy, continue by hand. Add the eggs one at a time,
beating after each egg has been added to incorporate it into the dough.
You will notice that after you have added the first egg, the dough will separate, once again do
not worry. As you keep working the dough, it will come back all together again by the time you
have added the third egg. In the end the dough should be thick and shiny and when lifted it
should fall back into the bowl in a ribbon.

4) The dough should be still warm. It is now ready to be used for the éclairs as directed above.

Notes:
1) Once the dough is made you need to shape it immediately.

2) You can pipe the dough and the freeze it. Simply pipe the dough onto parchment-lined baking
sheets and slide the sheets into the freezer. Once the dough is completely frozen, transfer the
piped shapes into freezer bags. They can be kept in the freezer for up to a month.

Peanut Butter Cream

  • 1 cups Liquid Whipped Cream
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp orange colouring (optional)

 

Whisk the whipped cream,peanut butter and food colouring together

Chocolate Glaze
Recipe from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé
(makes 1 cup or 300g)

• 1/3 cup (80g) heavy cream
• 3½ oz (100g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
• 4 tsp (20 g) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces, at room temperature
• 7 tbsp (110 g) Chocolate Sauce (recipe below), warm or at room temperature

1)In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a boil. Remove from the heat and slowly begin to add the chocolate, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula.

2) Stirring gently, stir in the butter, piece by piece followed by the chocolate sauce.

Notes:
1) If the chocolate glaze is too cool (i.e. not liquid enough) you may heat it briefly
 in the microwave or over a double boiler. A double boiler is basically a bowl sitting over (not touching) simmering water.

2) It is best to glaze the eclairs after the glaze is made, but if you are pressed for time, you can make the glaze a couple days ahead of time, store it in the fridge and bring it up to the proper temperature (95 to 104  F) when ready to glaze.

Chocolate Sauce
Recipe from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé
(makes 1½ cups or 525 g)

• 4½ oz (130 g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
• 1 cup (250 g) water
• ½ cup (125 g) crème fraîche, or heavy cream
• 1/3 cup (70 g) sugar

1) Place all the ingredients into a heavy‐bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil, making sure to stir constantly.  Then reduce the heat  to low and continue stirring with a wooden spoon until the sauce thickens.

2) It may take 10‐15 minutes for the sauce to thicken, but you will know when it is done when it coats the back of your spoon.

Notes:
1) You can make this sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for two weeks. Reheat the sauce in a microwave oven or  a double boiler before using.
2) This sauce is also great for cakes, ice-cream and tarts.

  1. Oh what can i say …or eclair are simply gorgeous!! love the addition of peanut butter!! great job for this month’s challenge!

  2. It’s like a peanut butter cup éclair! I almost did mine with peanut butter too! They look great and I’m so sure they were delicious!

  3. Thanks Zita…yours are so mini!! SO cute…good luck with the challenge!

  4. mmm great idea with peanut butter!!!

    Great job!!🙂

  5. Cute idea to pipe the choux pastry into peanut shapes. I truly feel bad for everyone with peanut allergies – they don’t know what they’re missing!

  6. Ooh I was debating doing mine with Peanut butter but I decided mint.
    I bet yours are deliicous, the sure look it!
    Great job on your éclairs🙂

  7. Gorgeous shots you have! The eclairs are prettily done up. Love the small details.😉

  8. Beautiful elcairs! I love the atmosphere on your photos.

  9. Oooooohhhhhh – peanut butter cream – what a fantastic idea!

  10. I love your photos for these. Great job on the challenge

  11. YUM! Plus I love the little choux peanuts – how very creative!

  12. Peanut Butter Cream sounds terrific. Nice pics too!

  13. These are perfect and I love the peanut butter cream. Bravo!

  14. Oh I love how original these are; peanut butter cream gets me drooling😛

    • Dee
    • September 1st, 2008

    Mmm…peanut butter in such lovely shapes. Great pictures once again, Zita.

  15. I love that you made them peanut-shaped! Did they taste a bit like Reese’s cups?

  16. yum zita this eclair looks delicious. I’m fasting right now, and seeing all these delicious eclairs is not helping one bit :p
    Love your presentation.

  17. Mmmm chocolate and peanut butter — there aren’t too many combinations better than that. I know I’ve said it before but I always enjoy visiting your blog. Feels like I’m in a dream or something.

  18. Your food styling in the first photo is captivating, Zita!

  19. yummy yummy!!

  20. WOW Zita…that’s ever so creative.Love the idea of peanute butter & peanut shapes…how sweet!!! Simpliciously delicious!!

    • Y
    • September 2nd, 2008

    Peanut butter cream? Yum yum!🙂

  21. Your eclairs look delicious. Yum peanut butter. I love your styling. So beautiful

  22. Simply perfect! Well done in the challenge!

  23. How could I have missed this gorgeous éclairs?!?
    They are beautiful and I’ve loved the peanut butter filling…

    Congratulations!!

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