Orange Cream Chocolate Eclairs

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Orange and chocolate are such a well-loved combination, so if this is your favorite flavor match, this orange cream chocolate éclairs recipe will be a dessert you will want to make in the future. These éclairs involve an easy choux pastry recipe as well as a delicately orange-scented filling. Drizzled with chocolate, these éclairs are not only delicious but also pretty and elegant in appearance. Although you may think that chocolate éclairs recipes are designated to French patisseries alone, rest assured that they are incredibly easy to make at home as well. You and everyone who eats this delicate pastry recipe will be impressed by their flavor and beauty.

Pastry baking can be a challenge, but unlike pie baking, you don’t have to be concerned about rolling dough out to make these look pretty. Rather, you have to rely on a choux pastry dough recipe, which is cooked on the stove and leavened with eggs. Choux pastry is a classic dough used for cream puff recipes, churros, and French crullers, but one of its most recognizable forms is in éclair recipes. The dough involves just four ingredients, but each is incredibly important to the structure of the dough. The water and butter are necessary for moisture, while the flour is needed for binding the dough. The eggs are essential to the fluffiness of the pastry. Since the eggs lighten the dough so much, when they éclairs are baked, they will puff up, even though they will initially appear quite flat on the baking sheet. If the dough is prepared properly, there will be hollow in the center of the éclairs which means they will be very delicate to slice through. For the best results at slicing your pastries, make sure to use a very sharp, serrated knife, since it will slice through the éclair cleanly without causing it to crumble apart.

Every éclair recipe has the signature chocolate coating glazing the top half of the pastry. This mixture has to be creamy enough to have a desirable mouthfeel but also be able to set on top. Ganache is a perfect choice because it contains such a large amount of chocolate that it should set after being drizzled, but also involves a good amount of heavy cream which will keep the mixture creamy. This easy ganache recipe for these orange éclairs includes just two ingredients, heavy cream, and semi-sweet chocolate, for the perfect creamy garnish on top of these delectable pastries.

Nutrition Facts for: Orange Cream Chocolate Eclairs from Lady Behind the Curtain

Ingredients: Butter, all purpose flour, water, eggs, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, orange zest, orange extract, heavy whipping cream, semi sweet chocolate.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 34 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving: Calories 209, Calories from Fat 133, Total Fat 14.8g 23%, Saturated Fat 9.1g 45% Cholesterol 80mg 27%, Sodium 102mg 4%, Potassium 70mg 2%, Carbohydrates 15.4g 5%, Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%, Sugars 8.7g, Protein 3.9g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 4%, Iron 5%

The comfort dessert includes all your wants for a sweet treat, light, fluffy pastry, a creamy filling, and a chocolate topping. This orange éclair recipe requires you have a pastry bag and piping tip to pipe pretty swirls of the frosting in the middles. If you don’t have a piping bag, don’t worry, though, since you can use a sandwich bag as well for an easy disposable option. Thank you to Sheryl, the author of ‘Lady Behind the Curtain’ recipe blog, for sharing her orange cream chocolate éclairs recipe with us.

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