One of my favourite Christmas Treats is chocolate! This year I’m using lots of chocolate recipes for the coming Christmas celebrations including a chocolate Christmas cake. This weekend I took delivery of a deliciously chocolatey Thornton’s Hamper – a gift for me! I couldn’t wait to use some of the chocolate for a pre-Christmas Tea Party and decided to make some special chocolate éclairs for my friends.
Ingredients for the choux pastry:-
100g Plain Flour
2 Eggs, beaten
2 Egg Yolks
Preheat the oven to 220c.
Grease and line two baking sheets.
Cut a large square of baking parchment and fold in half then open out leaving a firm crease down the middle.
Sift the flour onto the paper.
Put the water and butter into a saucepan and bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, take the paper with the flour on it and shoot the flour into the water quickly. Beat the flour in at once, continuing to beat over the heat until the mixture becomes smooth and glossy and starts to leave the sides of the pan.
Remove the pan from the heat and beat in the egg yolks. Then add the beaten eggs very slowly, beating well. The finished mixture should be thick and shiny.
The mixture is now ready to put in a piping bag. Fill the bag to two-thirds and twist the end round to close. Squeeze the bag firmly and pipe quite thick lines of batter, between 2-4″ lengths depending on how long you want the éclairs. This quantity should make 12 éclairs.
Bake for 10 minutes or until well risen then reduce the oven to 190c and cook for a further 10-15 minutes. They should be light golden brown, firm and dry.
Cool on a wire rack and when completely cool, split the éclairs carefully lengthways with a sharp knife.
I filled my eclairs with whipped double cream. The top was then decorated with melted chocolate and a few Thornton’s chocolates.
If you are interested in a Thornton’s Hamper for yourself or as a gift for someone else you can find chocolates delivered available here at Thorntons.
“The ‘Taste of Thorntons Hamper’ is a wonderful introduction to a tempting range of delicious choc this Christmas. Perfect if you’re gifting to someone who wants to explore the different flavours, textures and all-round amazingness of smooth chocolate, creamy fudge and chewy toffee.
They’ll love opening each bag of treats, from scrumptious milk caramels to velvety fudge that’s made with real clotted cream, to discover timeless tastes and new twists on traditional favourites.”