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Chocolate Stuffed Eclairs

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Medium

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 12 Large or 24 Medium Eclairs



  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick or margarine butter
  • 1 cup sifted, plus 6 tablespoons for filling all purpose flour
  • 7 (4 for pastry, 3 for filling) eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 3/4 cup divided sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 (1 oz) squares chocolate
  • 1 cup whipping cream


Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Heat water and margarine or butter to boiling point. Add 1 cup flour and stir constantly until mixture is smooth and forms a ball when tested in cold water. Remove from heat and let cool. Beat in 4 eggs, 1 at a time and once incorporated, place into a pastry bag. On a greased cookie sheet, pipe out dough in thick lines that form eclairs. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until light brown. Set aside to cool. Prepare filling by combining milk, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and 6 tablespoons flour. Cook slowly until thickened. Add 3 beaten eggs and continue to cook until mixture is even thicker. Remove from heat, cool and add vanilla.

With a serrated knife, slice pastry puffs lengthwise, but not all the way through. Pipe custard mixture into the center. Melt chocolate for icing, add 2 cups sugar and cream. Cook over medium heat until soft ball stage. Let cool and beat until smooth. Ice tops of the eclairs.