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Chocolate Cream Eclairs

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One of my most treasured dessert cookbooks is the Hershey’s 1934 Cookbook. It was a gift from my Mom many years ago (she knows how I love chocolate!), and what makes it extra special to me is the photo of the young boy on the front. He reminds me a lot of how my Dad looked as a child. (My Dad even had a little sister like in the photo.)

I’ve been craving some sort of French dessert, and while perusing this cookbook, I came across a recipe for Chocolate Cream Eclairs. I had never made this recipe before, and it turned out quite delicious! I think I’ll enjoy experimenting with this recipe in the near future — possibly trying out a darker chocolate for the filling, although the original is wonderful as is!

The recipe is in three steps — chocolate cream filling, éclair dough and finally the glaze, but it all comes together very easily!

Chocolate Cream Eclairs

Recipe adapted from the Hershey’s 1934 Cookbook

*I prefer to use all organic ingredients

Chocolate Cream Filling

5 Tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup raw cane sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups milk

3 egg yolks, slightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

7 ounces milk chocolate (in pieces or chips)

-In medium saucepan, combine cornstarch, sugar and salt.

-Whisk in milk and egg yolks until well blended

-Stir constantly over medium heat until mixture boils, then boil for one minute.

-Remove from heat — add chocolate and vanilla. Stir until chocolate melts.

-Pour into large bowl, cover with waxed paper on surface. Set aside to cool.

Next step …

Éclair Dough

1/2 cup butter

1 cup water

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup flour

4 eggs

-Grease cookie sheet and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

-In medium saucepan, stir water, butter and salt over medium heat to a rolling boil. (Make sure butter has melted.)

-Add flour, and stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball. (It will resemble a ball of mashed potatoes.) Remove from heat and cool 10 minutes.

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-At this point, I transferred the dough to a stand mixer, but the bowl will also work fine.

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-Add one egg at a time, mixing well for one minute (or until smooth) between each egg addition.

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-On greased cookie sheet, shape 1/4 cups of dough that are approximately 4 inches long, 1 inch wide and 3 inches apart from each other.

-Bake 35-40 minutes or until they become puffy and golden brown.

-Cool on a wire rack while preparing chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Glaze

4 ounces milk chocolate, in pieces or chips

2-4 teaspoons water

2 teaspoons coconut oil

-Using a double boiler, stir all ingredients over hot, but not boiling water, and stir until smooth.

The Eclairs!

-Cut each éclair horizontally, and remove any soft dough from inside.

-Fill with 1/4 cup of chocolate cream, cover with top.

-Spoon warm glaze over the top, and dust with cocoa powder, if desired.

-Refrigerate until serving, and refrigerate any leftovers. What leftovers?

Enjoy!

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38 Comments

  1. This is a keeper that speaks to my chocolate loving heart! They came out just beautiful. I love going through older cookbooks too. They have so much character too.

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! 🙂 Yes, I completely agree about the cookbooks!

  2. The cookbook is obviously a treasure. You made the recipes look so easy – not to mention delicious.

    1. Thank you so much, Darryl … you are so kind! I hope you’re doing well. 🙂

  3. Nicole

    Oh my goodness Anna that looks amazing…I’m drooling! And that’s awesome…I want to get get one of those cookbooks:) thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh Nicole, I was thinking of you when I made these!! 😀 I think you would really like them — so creamy and yummy!! I really want to bake with you!! 😉

  4. Love your Hershey cookbook! And I love eclairs! Yum! I have a friend who makes them regularly… I need to learn myself! Maybe I’ll wait for your chocolate cream variation! 🍫

    1. Thanks, Sadie! 🙂 This is the first time I’ve made eclairs — it was really a fun dessert to make. I’m thinking of trying a semi-sweet or darker chocolate next time I make the filling. Always yummy, I mean important, to try out various types of chocolate! 😉

  5. I don’t think I could stop eating with just one!

    1. I can completely relate! I lost count after two … lol. 😉

  6. I love eclairs…and these look delicious 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Leyla! 🙂

  7. That book looks so neat! Love vintage cookbooks. And the éclairs look delicious. Pity I can’t grab one out of the screen right now!

    1. Thank you so much, Roberta! Yes, vintage cookbooks are so much fun … always find many treasures! 😉

    2. I wish I could hand you an éclair through the screen! xo

  8. Oh my goodness! Chocolate eclairs are one of my favourite things ever! They looks so good Anna! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Claire! 🙂 Wish I could share some with you! We received more snow late last night. I’m afraid the chickens won’t be too excited. Lol. Have a wonderful weekend, dear Claire! xo

      1. Aw your chickens bless them! We have snow on the mountains at the moment so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it comes lower too! I would love to get the kids out in it! 🙂 Have a lovely weekend Anna x

        1. Yes, they are the sweetest things, and the snow really worries them. Poor girls! It’s snowing here this morning. Oh, I do hope you get some snow soon … the kids would love it! 😀 I hope you and your family have a lovely weekend as well, dear Claire! x

  9. Anna, this sounds and looks delicious!

    1. Thank you so much, Claudia! 🙂

  10. You’re speaking my language, Anna!! 😀

    1. I knew you’d understand because you’re recipes definitely speak my language as well! 😉 Oh! I meant to tell you … I made your Baked Ziti recipe, and it is fabulous! 😀 Hugs to you!

      1. Yay! I’m SO glad you liked it!! 😀 Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  11. what a stunning dessert! Looks like something from a fancy restaurant.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  12. Ngl slightly obsessed with your blog,maybe you could check out mine?

    1. Thank you so much! Looking forward to checking our your blog! 🙂

  13. If you can believe it I have this same old book! It was in my mom’s stuff when they moved. I will have to look through it, I love old books! Your eclairs look totally amazing! I made some last week but my photos are not gorgeous like yours! Lovely job dear Anna! I wish I could just grab one, can I pop over this afternoon for tea? Some day I hope to! Love Lynn xoxo huge hugs!

  14. Anna, These are great !!! Chocolate Cream Eclairs are my all time favourite !!!! I haven’t had one in years !!! Funny, I was thinking about eclairs the other day…guess it is a sign hahaha…I must make some (and eat some !!! )
    Have a lovely week 🙂

    1. Oh I’m so glad, Lynne!! 😀 I love chocolate eclairs, too! Wish we could have some together! 😉

      1. Me too, I would really enjoy that 🙂 . Have a lovely week, my friend.

        1. Have a lovely week as well, dear friend! 🙂

  15. Mmm! Anna these look amazing!! Beautiful work as always, Bella!!

    1. Thank you so much, sweet Lana!! 😀

  16. This look beyond good!!!! Great recipe. ..great blog! ♡

    1. Thank you so very much! 🙂

  17. They look amazing, I bet the cookbook is a real treasure of old recipes.

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