Strawberry and Cream Eclairs Recipe

strawberry eclair

Feel like testing your baking skills? Why not try these delicious and pleasing-to-the-eye strawberry and cream eclairs.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Servings: 12 people

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C.
  2. Put the milk, salt, sugar, butter and 80ml water into a saucepan, melt and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from the heat, add the flour and mix to form a dough.
  4. Return to the heat and cook for 2 minutes, stirring vigorously. 
  5. Tip the dough into a bowl; set aside to cool a little.
  6. Add the egg a little at a time, beating until combined before adding more.
  7. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a wide star nozzle.
  8. Pipe 10-12 x 12cm-long eclairs onto 2 baking trays lined with baking paper.
  9. Bake the eclairs in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until crisp and golden brown.
  10. Turn the oven off, and leave the eclairs in for 20 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  12. Slice each eclair in half lengthwise with a serrated knife.

  13. Mix the icing sugar and 30-35ml water into a thick but just pourable glaze.
  14. Mix in a few drops of red food colouring until pink.
  15. Dip each eclair top in the glaze.
  16. Put on a piece of baking paper and sprinkle with hundreds and thousands, if using.
  17. Leave to set.

  18. For the filling, spoon a little of the jam into the base of each eclair and top with the diced strawberries.
  19. Whisk together the cream and the vanilla until it holds soft peaks.
  20. Scrape the cream into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle. 
  21. Pipe peaks of cream along the length of the eclairs, then place a slice of strawberry between each peak.
  22. Place the tops back onto the eclairs, sitting on top of the cream and strawberries.

Ingredients

  • 80ml whole milk
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp sugar
  • 80g unsalted butter, diced
  • 80g plain flour, sieved
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

    For the Filling and Decoration 

  • 225g icing sugar
  • red liquid food colouring red hundreds and thousands (optional)
  • 100g seedless strawberry jam
  • 100g strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 10 whole strawberries, hulled and cut into thin slices
  • 300g whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

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