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It’s National Chocolate Eclair Day!

 

There’s a certain air of sophistication whenever someone says “chocolate éclair.”  It could well be that it’s one of those French words that have invaded the English language. But even if it were not called an “éclair” the pastry itself is such a sinfully delicious pastry  — one that you’ll guiltily snatch from a table and return for one over and over again.

If you’re wondering what an éclair means, it’s French for “lightning.” No, it didn’t get the name from its traditional longitudinal shape. It got the name from the way it glistens when it is coated with a glaze. The origins of the éclair is not really known but the general belief is that it was first served in France around the beginning of the 1800s and it was famous French chef Marie Antoine Careme who was the inventor of this delicious pastry. By the late 1800s it was already being included in many cook books.

Now what is the difference between an éclair and a doughnut? The very DNA of these two treats are different. A doughnut is made with doughnut batter but an éclair is made with choux pastry, which is a light kind of pastry generally used to make a shell on which different creams or fillings are put in. A doughnut is also fried while an éclair is baked.

Since today is National Chocolate Éclair day, it’s the perfect time to bring out your baking equipment and make some yummy eclairs!

Éclair recipes

Éclair

This is one of the more basic éclair recipes. As basic eclairs go, one that has a chocolate ganache on top of it is considered the quintessential éclair.

Chocolate Éclair Cake

One of the more popular éclair variations is the Chocolate Éclair Cake. Although it doesn’t use choux pastry, it is still refered to as an “éclair” probably because of how the finished cake looks.

Low Fat Chocolate Éclair Cake

Here’s a low fat version of chocolate éclair cake that is perfect for those who want to go on a diet but not at the expense of foregoing dessert.

Chocolate Éclair Torte

Tortes are another type of cake that is quite a favorite among sweet tooths. This Chocolate Éclair Torte will definitely satisfy even the most discerning dessert lovers.

Caramel Apple Eclair Cake

Caramelized apples are a guilty treat for me. I love the play between sweetness and tartness. This Caramel Apple Eclair Cake takes that counterpoints of flavor and adds in the lusciousness of an eclair cake. Truly an indulgence.

 

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