How to Make Eclairs (Cream-Filled, Chocolate-Frosted)

Amazingly DELICIOUS and quite easy to make! You make and bake the shells, mix the filling and icing and assemble.. a delicious special dessert!

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How to Make Eclairs (Cream-Filled, Chocolate-Frosted) Recipe
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These are three of the less common around-the-house ingredients you'll need to buy.

These are three of the less common around-the-house ingredients you'll need to buy.

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In saucepan, combine butter and water and heat...

In saucepan, combine butter and water and heat...

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Have your two eggs and 1/2 cup flour handy as you bring butter & water to rapid boil. Preheat oven to 450º.

Have your two eggs and 1/2 cup flour handy as you bring butter & water to rapid boil. Preheat oven to 450º.

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Stir as butter melts, bringing to a rapid boil. Reduce heat...

Stir as butter melts, bringing to a rapid boil. Reduce heat...

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With heat reduced, add flour and and salt... Stir in.

With heat reduced, add flour and and salt... Stir in.

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Stir vigorously until mixture leaves sides of the bowl.

Stir vigorously until mixture leaves sides of the bowl.

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Remove from heat. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Remove from heat. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

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Beat well, mixing eggs in...

Beat well, mixing eggs in...

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This is how dough should appear.

This is how dough should appear.

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Divide into 4 equal parts...

Divide into 4 equal parts...

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GREASE cookie sheet and spoon dough onto sheet shaping into ovals approx 1-1/2" wide.

GREASE cookie sheet and spoon dough onto sheet shaping into ovals approx 1-1/2" wide.

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I smooth and shape with rubber spatula.  Bake at 450° for 15 minutes... then reduce heat to 325° and bake 20 minutes longer.

I smooth and shape with rubber spatula. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes... then reduce heat to 325° and bake 20 minutes longer.

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PREPARE FILLING: Combine pudding mix & milk and whisk per package directions. In another bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form...

PREPARE FILLING: Combine pudding mix & milk and whisk per package directions. In another bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form...

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You will be combining these soon for the filling.

You will be combining these soon for the filling.

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Whipping will put air into whipping cream and soft peaks will form. Then beat in sugar and vanilla.

Whipping will put air into whipping cream and soft peaks will form. Then beat in sugar and vanilla.

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Fold whipped cream mixture into pudding and gently combine...

Fold whipped cream mixture into pudding and gently combine...

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Mix well but gently. A rubber spatula helps with the bottom...

Mix well but gently. A rubber spatula helps with the bottom...

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After well mixed, cover and keep in refrigerator until time to fill Eclairs.

After well mixed, cover and keep in refrigerator until time to fill Eclairs.

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Bake Eclairs at 450º 15 minutes... then reduce to 325º and bake 20 minutes longer. Lick the beaters while Eclairs bake!

Bake Eclairs at 450º 15 minutes... then reduce to 325º and bake 20 minutes longer. Lick the beaters while Eclairs bake!

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Remove from oven and cool thoroughly...

Remove from oven and cool thoroughly...

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Lightly crisp outside... soft and egg-y inside!

Lightly crisp outside... soft and egg-y inside!

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Cut horizontally as shown.

Cut horizontally as shown.

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Inside should be fairly hollow. You will fill with the cream filling...

Inside should be fairly hollow. You will fill with the cream filling...

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I love this Cutco knife. It's extremely sharp and probably the most expensive knife I've ever bought but I use it all the time!

I love this Cutco knife. It's extremely sharp and probably the most expensive knife I've ever bought but I use it all the time!

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Spoon filling into each Eclair...

Spoon filling into each Eclair...

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Replace “covers”...

Replace “covers”...

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PREPARE ICING: Melt chocolate and butter in saucepan over low heat.

PREPARE ICING: Melt chocolate and butter in saucepan over low heat.

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Stir in sugar, then hot water... Stir tip;l smooth and desired consistency.

Stir in sugar, then hot water... Stir tip;l smooth and desired consistency.

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Ice each Eclair... Add sprinkles if desired. I used Red for Valentine's Day.

Ice each Eclair... Add sprinkles if desired. I used Red for Valentine's Day.

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I found an app which calculates the calories... approx 475 per Eclair. BUT oh so delicious!

I found an app which calculates the calories... approx 475 per Eclair. BUT oh so delicious!

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A great treat for special occasions!

A great treat for special occasions!

Ingredients

¼ Cups Butter 
½ Cups Water 
½ Cups Flour 
Teaspoons Salt 
2 Eggs 
1 Pkg. INSTANT Vanilla Pudding (approx 3+ oz) 
Cups Cold Milk 
Cups Confectioners (powdered) Sugar 
½ Cups Whipping Cream 
½ Teaspoons Vanilla 
1 Ounce Semi-sweet Chocolate 
1 Tablespoon Butter 
½ Cups Confectioner's (powdered) Sugar 
Tablespoons HOT Water 
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