Mini Eclairs Recipe: perfect treat for any occasion | Kitchen Cents
Mini Eclair cream puff shells filled with an amazing cream filling, topped with rich chocolate ganache. The same delicious classic eclairs recipe with a bite-sized delivery. The perfect treat for any occasion!
I am a big fan of eclairs AND cream puffs.I’m also a lover of minis. Just take a look at these there recipes. They’re all delicious!RASPBERRY ECLAIRSMINI LEMON ECLAIRSINSIDE OUT CHOCOLATE ECLAIRSCLASSIC ECLAIRSECLAIR CAKE
What better way to enjoy the flavors of creamy filling and rich chocolate AND also enjoy the fun of minis than by combining them? These mini eclair puffs are really just so perfect for any occasion.
I wanted to share this recipe now because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Eclairs are a fabulous dessert to enjoy with your lover.CAN I FREEZE ECLAIRS?
Surprisingly, cream and eclairs freeze nicely.This mini eclairs recipe is no exception. Leftovers (if you’re lucky enough to have any) can be frozen for up to a month.When you’re ready to enjoy them, just let them come to room temperature on their own.
You can also make the shells ahead of time. When you’re ready, just pop them into the oven at 400oF for a few minutes to crisp them up. Let them cool then fill them as the recipe below directs.
Pretty awesome, right?WHY SHOULD I MAKE MINI ECLAIR PUFFS?
A few things come to mind.
First, puffs cook faster because they are smaller.
Second, the recipe will yield more as each individual mini eclair puff uses less dough.
Third, puffs are much easier to fill. No need to worry that the luscious cream filling didn’t make it to the end of the eclair shell (like when you fill classic eclairs).
Mini eclair puffs are great for parties, family gatherings, brunch and so much more. They are a perfect dessert to add to a dessert bar too. Not too big, nor too small!WHO WILL YOU BE SHARING WITH?
Without further ado… the recipe!FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE: Continue to ContentMini Eclair PuffsYield: 36-48Prep Time: 20 minutes Bake Time: 20 minutes Cool/Fill Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Mini Eclair shells filled with an amazing cream filling, topped with rich chocolate ganache. The same delicious eclairs recipe with a bite-sized delivery.IngredientsMini Eclair Puff Shells:1/2 cup butter1/2 cup milk1/2 cup water1 tsp. sugar1/4 tsp. salt1 cup flour4-5 eggsSimple Cream Filling:1 3.4 oz vanilla pudding, dry mix1 1/2 cup cold milk, 2% or whole1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream1/4 cup powdered sugarSimple Chocolate Ganache:1 cup chocolate, dark or milk chips or high-quality chocolate bar1/3 cup heavy creamInstructionsMini Eclair Puff Shells:In a large saucepan bring to a boil, water, milk, butter, salt, and sugar.Once butter is melted, reduce heat to low, add flour, and stir vigorously for 1-2 minutes. This helps remove extra moisture and gives the flour time to cook.Remove from heat.? Let cool to 125-135 degrees (hot to the touch but not burning).Add eggs, one at a time. Incorporate completely before adding the next egg. Add 4-5 eggs until the mixture turns into a soft paste that will still hold its shape.Using a plastic piping coupler or piping tip of your choice (large opening) and Ziploc bag or piping bag.Immediately pipe the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment.If making small puffs pipe 24 per balls per cookie sheet, for large pipe 18. Small puff - make the dough a ball the size of a quarter. Large puff - make the dough a ball the size of a half dollar). Bake time will vary depending on size.For small puffs, bake at 425oF for 10?minutes then reduce the heat to 375oF for 8-10 minutes or until the shells are golden brown and hollow inside. For large puffs, bake 425oF for 12 minutes then reduce heat to 375oF for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown and hollow.Cool completely.Simple Cream Filling:Whisk pudding mix and milk together. Mix 2-3 minutes. Set in fridge until ready to use.In a large mixing bowl, whip cream to soft peaks, add powdered sugar. Whip to stiff peaks. Don't over whip or you'll end up with butter.Remove pudding from fridge. Stir until smooth. Fold whipped cream into pudding.Using a bag with round piping tip, carefully insert tip into cooled shell. Fill slowly until shell is full. Simple Chocolate Ganache:In a microwave-safe bowl, add cream and chocolate chips or chunks. Heat 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until melted. Usually only takes 30 seconds to 1 minute. Don't overheat.Stir chocolate mixture until cream is fully incorporated into chocolate. Mixture will look rich, smooth and chocolatey when done (1-3 minutes).Dip top of each filled eclair into chocolate ganache. Let ganache cool. Store in fridge or freeze for later.Notes
Best if served fresh but can be frozen for later enjoyment. If frozen, allow eclairs to come to room temperature before enjoying.Recommended Products
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