Vanilla Eclairs Topped with Chocolate Ganache~

The dough piped onto a parchment lined baking sheet~

Ready to be split and filled~

A more daunting task this week for us Doristas…I am very comfortable making pâte à choux or cream puff batter, but piping is another issue.  As usual, I just trudged ahead, hoping for the best. Due to half a birthday cake parked in the fridge, I made just half a batch…which produced eight lovely eclairs.  But, despite some husbandly trepidation, these got a huge thumbs up from the picky spouse…I tried one of Dorie’s bonne ideés and topped these with chocolate…I think that clinched the deal.

This recipe involves making a basic cream puff dough, piping 4 inch strips onto a lined baking sheet, and baking in a hot oven till they magically poof up and become a golden brown.  Mine didn’t puff as much as anticipated, but no complaints from this household.  They were sliced open, filled with vanilla pastry cream, and iced with a shiny chocolate ganache…très délicieux!


  1. Those look wonderful!!! I won’t be making mine until next week, but I plan on doing the same combination as you with the chocolate topping and vanilla filling.

  2. A multi-dimensional life says:

    Just saw this pop up and could not resist!
    I remember when I was a little girl, there was a bakery we would go to regularly and buy these!
    Oh, what sweet memories! Yours look wonderful!

  3. I grew up eating eclairs as a special bakery treat, but have never entertained the idea of making them at home. These look SO good, Lizzy!! One for each hand is my ideal!!!

  4. baking.serendipity says:

    I haven’t had an eclair for so long! They look somewhat difficult to make, but definitely worth it in the end 🙂 Great job!

  5. Kris' Kitchen says:

    Your eclairs look perfect. I could eat these every day.

  6. Lovely eclairs!!

  7. Foodness Gracious says:

    These look awesome, glad I found your blog!

  8. franklyentertaining says:

    I felt like this week was definitely a more involved recipe and then I ended up making the pastry three times because they kept deflating!

  9. They look great! Mine were a little on the flat side…

  10. Wow they look delicious!

  11. Your eclairs look wonderful! I’m glad you and your husband liked them!

  12. Pegasuslegend says:

    Goodl lord girl you just need to open a bakery and deliver on dry ice, these are my favorite, haven’t made them myself you have diffinitely just inspired me… this will be my first treat after the weight loss… got to splurge with this one!

  13. Yum! I haven’t had an eclair in ages. Yours look divine. Brava, Liz.

  14. Beautiful job, Lizzy! I am going to tackle these this weekend!

  15. A Thought For Food says:

    Look at those eclairs!!! Holy moly!

  16. Roxana GreenGirl says:

    i’ve never made eclairs before, it still seams and sounds way too complicated.
    love the chocolate ganache on top, that would be my favorite part to eat:)
    thanks for sharing Lizzy, they look perfect

  17. They are so pretty and puffed up beautifully!

  18. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite says:

    Délicieux indeed 🙂 My first batch (small ones) didn’t work – as soon as I piped larger, wider ones, it was fine!

  19. Very nice. I thought the chocoalte was just the perfect touch on these.

    Glad everyone enjoyed.

  20. Beautiful! Once of my favorite things in the world!

  21. Of course I knew YOUR eclairs would be perfect!

  22. Le Petit Lapin says:

    Your eclairs looks great… and I’m glad your ‘picky spouse’ liked them too!

  23. vanillabeanbaker says:

    You did a great job and now I’m craving eclairs and cream puffs. You are braver than I as I’ve never tried to make either from scratch.

  24. Lizzy,
    Those look so good. I’ve made cream puffs lots of times but never eclairs. I love maple and like a maple glaze on things. I also grew up in the Midwest and my mom made rosettes alot. I had the iron for awhile but can’t find it now. I should make those again. Do they even make Rosette Irons?

  25. That’s great 🙂 Looks delicious!

  26. This is my son favourite, the last two photos look so tempting!

  27. Lizzy, As usual a great job! Lovely photos! Glad you got a thumbs up from your picky eaters. I knew mine would love them…they were dessert!

  28. The Country Cook says:

    I am horrible at piping. I think my issue is I just don’t have the patience. I’m pretty sure I would make a horrible professional baker. It may taste good but my creations would not look pretty…LOL.
    I think the chocolate on top was the pièce de résistance – perfect!

  29. says:

    Lovely photos, Lizzy! Piping is just practice. Pipe, pipe, pipe until you get used to it 🙂

  30. Perfectly done!!! Treat to eye!!
    Cant take my eyes off it:-)

  31. Lady Evyl says:

    Such a classic french pastry…one I would always order as a kid when we went out for a nice french dinner. And perfectly executed, great job.

  32. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

    Beautiful pics and I love these, it has been years since I had a good one. Can I have one?

  33. Angie's Recipes says:

    Haven’t made any eclairs for a long while. Those look so inviting!

  34. The Urban Baker says:

    such a fun project and yours are beautiful!

  35. I’m so impressed by your eclairs. They look so well made and must have been just heavenly to eat.

  36. Your eclairs look plenty puffy, much puffier than mine. So far, everyone made the chocolate glaze, and I’m wishing I had too. Nice job.

  37. amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Mine didn’t puff as much as other recipes I’ve tried either but they were still delicious. Yours look great!

  38. That skinny chick CAN BAKE! Your eclairs are perfection! You seriously rock sista!

  39. Spicie Foodie says:

    My mouth is really watering over your gorgeous eclairs. I want some, please … You did a great job Lizzy 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  40. Ms. Hobby says:

    Those look wonderful! Great job!!

  41. says:

    Oh I want like at least 20 of them ASAP 🙂 they look so yummy!

  42. Pacheco Patty says:

    They are beautiful and I can only imagine how delish they tasted;-)

  43. Elisabeth says:

    I really admire your vitality with all this Dorie baking…but then again, it doesn’t surprise me, because week after week you come up with the best of the best!
    I love eclairs, and yours looks so perfect and addictive. Superb job, Lizzy!

  44. Lizzy, These are beautiful! I have always wanted to try making eclairs! I will have to try soon :)! Have a great weekend!

  45. Smile. I just love eclairs. I want to make these tomorrow night! Thank you for sharing such a sweet treat. You’ve made one my favorite pastries seem much less intimidating!

  46. These eclairs look perfect! I have never made any… just like you I have made choux but never piped the pate a choux before! Well done!

  47. How fun was making these? I definitely need to make mine with chocolate next time… which would be later today! My parents (and sister who didn’t get to try them) have already requested a batch for a gathering tomorrow.

  48. Christine's Pantry says:

    Congratulations on your well deserved award!

  49. Piping is not my strong suit, either. Yours look great, though!

  50. Lizzy, these look amazing! I would love to have one of these along with my morning cup of coffee… yum!

  51. Our Eyes Eat First says:

    the eclairs are amazing! no worries they look great and im sure they tasted even better!

  52. Jill Colonna says:

    Lizzy, these are pure perfection and airy heaven! I LOVE choux pastry… so light and yours are just right.

  53. As usual, all your wonderful comments have made my day! Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to comment 🙂

  54. gingerbreadcake says:

    Lizzy your eclairs look perfect! When I had the metabolism of a teenage boy (haha!), I would eat an eclair for a snack. 🙂 I wish I had one of yours right now. Ok more like two.

  55. Lizzy, your eclairs turned out beautifully. Picture perfect….they could easily adorn the window of the best pâtesserie shop.

  56. Cooking Rookie says:

    What beautiful eclairs! LOVE them – I wish I could taste some :-). I am also glad to learn about the French Fridays with Dorie, I am a member of the Daring Kitchen, and love their challenges. It would be great to have an excuse to make French food every Friday :-). I have to check them out. Thanks!

  57. cajunlicious says:

    These are lovely! Just found your amazing blog and am a new follower!
    – Jessica @

  58. briarrose says:

    Beautiful job!

  59. Love your classic take on this job! Job well done on this weeks FFwD.

  60. wow so impressive and look so irrestible! i’m envious!

  61. Lovely! I actually made low-carb ones many years ago; had the same reaction from my husband…yep, chocolate does help! lol

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