Friday, December 14, 2012

Milky Chocolate Eclair

Jane Austen moment in Persuasion

Chapter 13

Anne enquired after Captain Benwick, Mary's face was clouded directly. Charles laughed.
"Oh! Captain Benwick is very well, I believe, but he is a very odd young man.  I do not know what he would be at. We asked him to come home with us for a day or two:  Charles undertook to give him some shooting, and he seemed quite delighted, and, for my part, I thought it was all settled; when behold! on Tuesday night, he made a very awkward sort of excuse; `he never shot' and he had `been quite misunderstood,' and he had promised this and he had promised that, and the end of it was, I found, that he did not mean to come. I suppose he was afraid of finding it dull; but upon my word I should have thought we were lively enough at the Cottage for such a heart-broken man as Captain Benwick."
Charles laughed again and said, "Now Mary, you know very well how it really was.  It was all your doing," (turning to Anne.) "He fancied that if he went with us, he should find you close by: he fancied everybody to be living in Uppercross; and when he discovered that Lady Russell lived three miles off, his heart failed him, and he had not courage to come. That is the fact, upon my honour, Mary knows it is."

Milky Chocolate Eclair

Choux puff recipe adapted from Marianne Magnier & Olivier Malingue
Ingredients  for 10 éclairs
80 ml milk
80 ml water
70 g butter
2 g salt
10g sugar

100g flour
2 eggs

For milk chocolate ganache
200g milk chocolate - chopped
1 cup whipping cream
50g dark chocolate


1)      For choux puffs : Preheat oven to 180°C . In a  sauce pan bring to the boil 2 to 3 seconds the milk, water, butter sugar & salt over high heat .  Remove from heat & immediately tip in flour  & then stir quickly with wooden spoon till smooth texture. 
2)      Cook again on medium heat for 1 m till the mixture comes away from the side of the pan . Remove from heat & gradually whisk in gradually the eggs one at a time till smooth texture. Let to cool a little .

3)      Place mixture into a piping bag with a 1.5 plain nozzle. On a line baking tray , pipe 10 éclairs about 12 cm long & make sure to space them coz they will expand. Bake for 25 to 30 mins till golden brown. Let to cool on wire rack . 
4)      For milk chocolate ganache : In a sauce pan heat cream & add in chopped milk chocolate & stir till smooth. Keep it aside to cool. When ganache is cooled, whisk it till stiff. Melt dark chocolate on bain marie/ double boiler till smooth. Let to cool a little . 
5)      Cut éclair in half & pipe free style all over the edge of the éclair leaving space in the center of éclair.  Spoon in melted dark chocolate on the center of the éclair . Topped the other half of éclair & pipe free style over it. 

Submitting this post to Free & Easy Bake Along hosted by  Joyce  of  Kitchen Flavours  & co- hosted with  Lena of  Frozen Wings & Zoe of Bake For Happy Kids. This month's theme is chocolate  éclair.


  1. amazing piping design all over your eclairs.

  2. yes, your friend was right, it's a fancy eclair! LOL! i always admire your creativity in making something traditional into something out of the ordinary..they look great!! well, most of the time i think we also tend to make something that we think our friends would like to eat..i mean how can we eat that much all the time..let them eat, eat! make them fat!! LOL! happy weekend to you!

  3. Hi Kit, This is the most fanciful and prettiest eclairs I've seen! And a great idea to make your favourite choc ganache as the filling and the topping. Your friends are smart to arrive early! Nothing could be better than freshly made eclairs on the spot!
    Thank you for baking along with us and for your support in 2012! We look forward to another year of delicious baking together!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Kit, I love the way you piped the eclair! Very generous chocolate on your eclair and it sure is yummier that way. Lovely!

  5. Hi Kit, I love the way your eclair is covered with cream with the ganache oozing out.. very tempting!

  6. looks as if you are good at making eclairs and I love the piping. Your eclairs look great and so original as always! :-)

  7. Totally fab éclairs , Kit ! And it's beautifully-made as well :D

  8. This is truly chocolatey heaven! ;)

  9. Such a sinfully decadent chocolate treat!

  10. Really mind blowing choco dessert...i can have this vthout guilty....super yumm..
    BTW Iam back to blogging..plz visit my space n if gets sum time check out my new FB page dear.Thanks in advance..

  11. Have been seeing a lot of Eclairs around. Yours look good, very nicely decorated!

  12. Kit,
    Your milky chocolate eclair is so special with the piping!!
    It is so beautifully made. Love the little chocolate glaze heart shape too :D

  13. Oh my this looks soooooooo rich just like I like it.

  14. Hi Kit, this is such a fanciful and decadent dessert that I wish I'm having one right now! Looks absolutely yummy!

  15. Hi Kit,

    I feel so honored and happy reading all your nice comments about us and bake-along. I was chatting to Joyce and Lena via email that I'm so glad that I have known you via bake-along and THB too.

    Your creamy chocolate coated eclairs look so beautifully piped. I don't think I can pipe as well as you.


  16. Like how you piped the cream, simply beautiful!

  17. Hi Kit, your eclair look gorgeous. Love how you pipe the cream, look really pretty and creative. Yummylicious!!!

    Wish I can try some with a cup of good coffee.

    Have a lovely week ahead,regards. with lots of love to you.