Traditional Eclairs Recipe

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Traditional Eclairs
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  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • filling:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • confectioners' sugar or chocolate frosting


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water, butter, sugar and salt to a boil over medium heat. Add flour all at one; stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until smooth and shiny.
  2. Insert a large round tip into a pastry bag or heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; add batter. Pipe into 12 strips (about 3 in. long) 3 in. apart on a greased baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Immediately cut a slit in each for steam to escape; cool.
  4. For filling, combine the sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan; gradually add milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  5. Stir 1 cup hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan. Bring to a gentle boil; cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool.
  6. Split puffs; remove and discard soft dough from inside. Fill eclairs just before serving. Replace tops; dust with confectioners' sugar or spread with frosting. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 dozen.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 294.44 Kcal (1233 kJ)
Calories from fat 97.38 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.82g 17%
Cholesterol 105.74mg 35%
Sodium 102.99mg 4%
Potassium 113.46mg 2%
Total Carbs 40.14g 13%
Sugars 6.06g 24%
Dietary Fiber 0.02g 0%
Protein 7.16g 14%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 79.3mg 8%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 174.49 Kcal (731 kJ)
Calories from fat 57.71 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.41g 17%
Cholesterol 62.66mg 35%
Sodium 61.03mg 4%
Potassium 67.24mg 2%
Total Carbs 23.79g 13%
Sugars 3.59g 24%
Dietary Fiber 0.01g 0%
Protein 4.24g 14%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Calcium 47mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 6.8
  • 8

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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