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My Easy Chocolate Eclairs

Posted on March 18, 2012 by in baked goods

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My easy Chocolate eclairs? What makes this recipes so special that I can claim it for myself? Trial and error and 2 batches of  flop eclairs. In my family if you have learned something the hard way, we call it “paying school fees”, because after all lessons are learned in school and in my case the school of life…. Now, what does life lessons and chocolate eclairs have in common……
well, I have learned that not all recipes on Google are flop proof and for me as a recipe developer and a recipe writer, I’ve yet again realized how crucial it is to test…and test…and test recipes before you publish them.Such an enormous responsibility!

There are so many so-called foodies out there and with food bloggers posting recipes almost everyday, the Internet is updated and loaded with new recipes on a daily basis. Sadly not all of those recipes work. Heck, I have been told one of my recipes does not work and only after much drama and testing did I see when posting the image, it cut off the 1 from 150gr of sugar, thus changing it to 50gr of sugar. These things happen, but  not often, because everything that you see on my blog, I have cooked and my family has eaten, so I know the recipe works.

Which brings me back the chocolate eclairs. The first recipe I  printed off the Internet, had a pretty photograph with it and based on the image, I thought the recipe had to work….WRONG! The result was flat, crumpet-like biscuits which the children would not even eat as it was not sweet enough. The second recipe left me with soft, soggy eclairs and I never even bothered to fill them with cream.

I wanted hollow choux buns, hard on the outside and golden brown in color. Then, I remembered that just like a good old Victoria sponge cake and just like my easy homemade puff pastry, there are certain formulas in baking that never change. If you know them, you are destined for success in the kitchen. I had the knowledge already, all I had to do, was to put it to the test. So next time you want a recipe, search within yourself first, try and remember what your mom or gran told you, then you can, like me also talk about “My Easy Eclairs!”

My Easy Chocolate Eclairs

makes 24 eclairs of about 10cm long

For the Choux buns
250 ml boiling water
125 ml butter
250 ml cake flour
3 jumbo eggs or 4 large

For the filling
250 ml cream – whipped
2 tbsp caster sugar
100gr dark chocolate – melted

Preheat the oven to 180C.  Prepare a baking sheet by  spraying it with non-stick spray or lining it with baking paper. Boil the water in a small pot  and add the butter and allow to melt. Add all the cake flour in at once and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes away from the sides of the pot. Remove from the heat and place the mixture in the bowl of your mixer. Beat the flour mixture for about 1 minute so that it can cool and then add the eggs one by one, beating in between each addition of eggs. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag and pipe 10cm long choux buns on the baking paper. Bake for 25 minutes, remove from the oven and make a small cut on the side of each choux bun to release the steam. Place back in the oven, with heat now reduced to 160C. Bake for another 5 minutes or until choux buns have now hardened. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
Keep in an airtight container until needed.

To fill: Whip the cream with the caster sugar and pipe into the choux buns. Melt the chocolate in a small bowl over a pot of hot water and then dip each eclair into the chocolate. One the eclairs are filled they do not stay hard for long, so do not make to long in advance.

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61 Responses to “My Easy Chocolate Eclairs”

  1. Ben 19 March 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    I tried to make eclairs once and failed miserably. Maybe I should give it another try 🙂

    • Kim 11 April 2014 at 8:51 am #

      Hi Nina, The beating of the mixture for 1 minute and the adding of eggs to hand beaten or with electric beater?

      • nerinatimm 11 April 2014 at 8:56 am #

        I do mine in the Kenwood!

      • Suzy 8 November 2015 at 6:59 pm #

        Oh terrible, first time Ive tried choux pastry. All was going well, till I put the mixture into my kenwood mixer, then it was like water mixture after adding each egg! Don’t like wasting food, so I added more flour so it went like a dough. mmmmmmmmmmmm nice pizza base, crunchy. Will be trying again without the kenwood!.

      • claudia 3 September 2019 at 10:56 pm #

        its definitely easier w/ egg beater… will take long via hand beaten. really just personal preference otherwise…..

    • louisa smuts 25 May 2014 at 3:45 pm #

      Wow, thank you so much for this, tried it for the first time and my family enjoyed it so much! I’m so impressed with myself! All thanx to this awesome receipe!

    • June Harrison 17 October 2015 at 1:46 pm #

      I also failed miserably with this recipy, should have used my tried & tested one.

      • nerinatimm 21 October 2015 at 9:57 am #

        June, I tried the recipe again! the secret is beating well after every egg addition and also use only large eggs.

  2. Nina 19 March 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Ben, these cannot flop, I promise!!!

    Do give them a try and let me know!!

  3. Pam 20 March 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    I have made eclairs once and it was so much fun. yours look AMAZING Nina.

  4. Marie 16 October 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    i have tried to make eclairs and failed 3 times. How thick must the choux mix be?

    • nerinatimm 17 October 2012 at 9:36 am #

      Hello Marie

      It must definitely be cake flour….the pastry must be stiff enough to go into a piping bag and not run out. I make this recipe so often and it has never failed me!

    • christel 18 July 2013 at 1:00 pm #


      Can I double up the recipe to make lots?

    • SuzAnne 25 August 2014 at 6:37 pm #

      I find you have to let the mixture cool before adding the eggs or the eggs cook and then they will not rise. S.

  5. Marie 16 October 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    and must it be cake flour or can it bee self rising flour?

  6. Jordan Collins 29 October 2012 at 12:22 am #

    i make these at work and have no probablem with them they so much fun and staff love them its a good treat for the team 🙂

  7. Alex 13 April 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    OMG!!! I am so exited to make these!!could you please email me the link thanks!!!

  8. Nish 16 May 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    if cake flour is not available what can i use, whats the mixture for cake flour

    • nerinatimm 16 May 2013 at 2:03 pm #

      I think regular flour, all purpose can work!!

  9. Saliema K 5 June 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    I last tried eclairs 6 yrs ago, which was a flop 3 times in a row an I gave up lol, bt thanx to this recipe, one try an fabulous 🙂
    I put cream, banana and caramel in the middle an choc topping, was yum, thank you

  10. Des 11 August 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    What did I do wrong if my mixture is to runny after having added the eggs?

  11. Elanor Eden 16 August 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Wow! Ridiculously proud of myself right now! Houston, we have eclairs! Thank you so much for your great recipe! Many people in Vancouver, Canada will be enjoying your recipe this weekend!

  12. Bridie 24 August 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    My husband’s diabetic but we try to include a normal diet and something sweetto suit the whole family. Could I use sweetener? Instead of sugar?

    • nerinatimm 25 August 2013 at 6:39 am #

      I think you could because the sugar does not affect the baking!

  13. Anne Hemphill 27 October 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Thank you! At last the perfect recipe! Made smaller bigne which worked a treat. Sunny Johanbesburg has eclairs!

  14. alap bhattacharya 30 October 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    this chocolate eclairs is really very tasty…… it is like i ate it in the pastry shop…. i like this recipe…… yuummm….mmmmmm….u mmmmmmmm……

    • alpa bhattacharya 30 October 2013 at 4:44 pm #


  15. Rangi 5 November 2013 at 12:01 am #

    As we say here in NZ,mean maori mean…translated fantastic,thanks

  16. Cherise 26 December 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Its Christmas and im making chocolate éclairs for the first time. Easiest recipe ever!

  17. Tracy Mitchell 19 January 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    I’ve just made this recipe and its super easy!!!!!! Can’t wait to take some to work tomorrow 🙂 Thank you for an awesome recipe!

  18. Colleen 3 February 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Instead of cake flour can i use normal flour or bread flour ?

    • nerinatimm 4 February 2014 at 5:36 am #

      No, I think bread flour will be way to heavy!

  19. Carly Milne 30 March 2014 at 4:09 am #

    Great recipe I use it all the time my family think it’s pretty special as éclair s I usually find pretty hard to master.. but every time without fail.. thanks!

  20. Bianca 17 April 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    I am 15 years old and my dad begs me too make it. It is not difficult at all just the chocolate part

  21. Eva Bennett 2 May 2014 at 4:52 am #

    very simple but best of all very yummy thank-you so much im very proud of myself chocolate eclairs all around lol…

  22. garry henderson 25 June 2014 at 8:16 am #

    hello like your recipes but the cake flour in recipes cannot get in Australia due to this eg: Bleached flour (cake flour)is banned in Europe and Australia (we understand this is for health reasons). For most cake recipes using cake flour (non-self raising) …you can use plain flour, or some people like to add cornflour (cornstarch) to help reduce the protien content. For 1 cup plain flour remove 2 tablespoons of flour and replace this with 2 tablespoons cornflour – in metric terms use 105g plain flour plus 20g cornflour per 125g flour in the recipe.
    hope this can help you.thx’s garry

  23. rosa 13 July 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    i made my eclairs the same way u do 4 many yrs now than i lost my recipe abt 6yrs ago and did not make again now that i have grandchildren i wanted them to taste the home made ones,now im so happy i found ur recipe 4 i no its the best recipe.thank u so much

  24. HASEENA 14 July 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Thank u so much for sharing this recipe. At first I was skeptical, now I’m over the moon that I have succeeded. Many thanks.

  25. desiree gladden 23 July 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    Yummmmy it look so easy to make muc I put the chocolate only on top on

  26. Ddangor 21 September 2014 at 8:52 am #

    This is an extremely quick and easy recipe, very impressive. Just a note of advice- when cutting the slits, make sure not to make them too big as this causes them to flatten and become like pancakes ;D

  27. Danni 30 September 2014 at 8:52 am #

    Can you use Marg instead of butter?

  28. Barbara Cooke 31 March 2015 at 10:34 pm #

    When yu say cake flour is it plain flour or self raising.?

  29. Barbara Cooke 31 March 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    When you say cake flour do you mean plain or self raising flour

    • nerinatimm 1 April 2015 at 10:31 am #

      Plain flour, definitely not selfraising!

  30. shara 27 April 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    My eclairs turned Sicky inside. And could remove only the upper part.the lower partcpf the eclairs was sticked with the parchment paper

    • nerinatimm 2 May 2015 at 8:50 am #

      Azeem, not sure what went wrong! Are you sure you used baking/silicone paper! It cannot be wax paper. I have only had good feedback! If you live near CT, I will teach you!

  31. terri 24 May 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    Can marg be used instead of butter

    • nerinatimm 25 May 2015 at 8:28 am #

      Terri, I have never tried it, but if you want to risk it, use Spar Margarine or Stork Bake – do not use low or medium fat margarine!

  32. Chetna 19 June 2015 at 8:10 am # the cake four a regular All purpise flour, if no, then what can we use instead of cake flour. as am not sure If i get it here in India

    • nerinatimm 19 June 2015 at 8:51 am #

      All purpose flour is perfect, in SA we refer to it as cake flour!

  33. Penny 14 August 2015 at 10:46 am #

    Hi, mine came out flat as pancakes. Any idea what Im doing wrong. How thick should batter be? Have tried about 3/4 times now…

  34. Lucille 25 September 2015 at 5:44 am #

    Thank you for wonderful recipe, great success with it.

  35. Helene 5 November 2015 at 9:06 am #

    Im going to give it a try tonight for a function tomorrow. I hope its successful

  36. Suzy 8 November 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    Oh dear, 1st time Ive made choux pastry. All was going fine, until I put the mixture into my kenwood, added the eggs one by one, but it went very watery like a batter mix. Added more flour, but ended up with biscuit pizza!
    Will try again without the Kenwood!

  37. Nikita 24 July 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    I tried this for husband came out great thanks for this recipe Nina.

    • nerinatimm 25 July 2016 at 7:21 am #

      Wow, that is great news, thank you!

  38. carrol hunter 7 February 2018 at 5:16 am #

    High grade flour works the best

    • nerinatimm 26 February 2018 at 5:33 am #

      Thank you for the tip!

  39. Janet Fenner 4 August 2018 at 8:16 pm #

    First time I’ve tried to make. Husband was craving them and the shop bought ones seem to have false cream and very hard crusts. Big smiles from hubba and very good result. Can see myself having to make them again!!!

  40. nerinatimm 31 July 2020 at 8:17 am #

    I am so glad you liked them. Thank you for the feedback.


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