My tasters, nor the baker (me), are experts on eclairs…some had tried them before but others never had. I for one, had no idea there were so many options…crackle topping, streusel topping, pearl sugar topping…and that is just the toppings… the fillings are a whole different story. These that we are making are “bubble eclairs” because the cream puffs are placed right next to each other creating a row of three little puffs so close they bake together.
I have to share my favorite comment about this recipe…”these look so good…they remind me of when I was a kid and we went to get donuts…these were the ones, the fancy ones on the top shelf we weren’t allowed to choose” haha!
There are the bold eclairs, simple eclairs and everything in between. I decided to do a more simple one with just a dusting of confectioners sugar and then go all out on the filling, making the Chocolate Pastry Cream. I would say both are relatively easy.
This recipe makes quite a few eclairs which is nice..it also allowed for seconds. My husband had the suggestion to add some whipped cream on top of the chocolate cream, which to hear everyone’s reaction, took it over the top. According to my tasters, to say these were a hit would be an understatement! Everyone loved these! They were called “the bomb” and in one taster’s top 5. Not too difficult and quite showy…I would say they are a keeper!