Coffee Cream Eclairs and the Only Choux Pastry Recipe You'll Ever Need
Okay. So it might look like a bit of a long recipe but it's quite simple. It's my go-to recipe when unexpected guests pop in because it's so quick. Since the pastry is savoury, you can use the pastry with savoury fillings or to make mini croutons for soups or fill the shells with savoury toppings. The ratio is also easy to make 3-4 eclairs with half the ingredients. For an even lower sugar version and If you don't want to glaze these with chocolate, you can simply dust them with cacao powder and add extra sweetener to the cream.
- For the Choux Pastry:
- 1/2 cup water
- 40 g butter chopped
- 1/2 cup plain flour
- 2 eggs
- For the Coffee Cream Filling:
- 1 cup fresh cream
- 2 tablespoons tbsp unrefined icing sugar 10 stevia drops or 2Natvia
- 1/4 tsp vanilla powder or essence
- 1 tsp finely ground coffee I used Nespresso's new Fortissio Lungo blend
For the chocolate glaze icing:
- 3 tbsp milk
- 40 g dark 85% cocoa chocolate chopped finely
Preheat oven to 220C (425F, gas mark 7).
In a small saucepan set over medium heat bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes away from the sides and forms a ball. This should only take a few seconds.Transfer dough to a mixing bowl and flatten to cool slightly. Add eggs and beat with an electric mixer or whisk until glossy and smooth (I use my Braun stick blender with a whisk attachment for single egg quantity like this).
Using a 2cm round piping tip or a zip lock bag with a 1.5cm hole cut in it pipe dough into 4 inch long logs about 1 inch apart.
Bake at 220C (425F, gas mark 7) for 8 minutes, 180C (350F, gas mark 4) for 10 minutes, plus 5 minutes standing with the oven off and door slightly ajar. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before filling,
In the meantime prepare the glaze and cream filling.
For the glaze, place milk and chocolate in a small bowl and heat on medium high setting in the microwave for 20 seconds. Mix gently to melt and form a ganache.
For the filling, beat cream with sugar (stevia or Natvia), vanilla and freshly ground coffee until firm peaks form. Store in the fridge until needed.
Cut cooled eclairs in half horizontally. Fill each half with whipped cream, sandwich together and spread the top in chocolate icing. Place on a cool cookie tray and chill in the fridge for the icing to set. The eclairs should keep in the fridge for 2-3 days un-iced, or a day when iced.