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Chocolate Eclair Hearts
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins

Here's one way to say 'I love you!'. This recipe for classic eclairs with a twist in the shape of a heart for Valentine's Day. You might think making eclairs is challenging but just follow these simple steps in the video and you will be surprised how easily you can put them together. Make them in the shape of a hearts or logs for traditional eclairs.

Course: Desserts/Sweets
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Vegetarian, Holiday Favorites, Homemade Baking, pastry
Servings: 8
Calories: 598 kcal
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
Custard Filling
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 5 egg yolks beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbl butter
Chocolate Glaze
  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Valentine’s Day Sprinkles
  1. To make the custard, whisk together sugar, flour and salt in a medium saucepan. Add milk and whisk until smooth, bring to a boil. Pour a small amount of milk mixture into egg yolks and stir together. You want to temper the eggs so they do not cook too quickly when adding them to the pot. Slowly pour tempered eggs into pot, stirring constantly.
  2. Lower heat and simmer until custard thickens, stirring constantly so it does not burn on the bottom. When thick remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter. Chill at least 2 hours.
  3. To make Pate Choux, bring butter and water to a boil. Add flour and salt and stir until a ball of dough forms and pulls away from the side of the pan. Remove from heat and add eggs, one at a time. Beat with an electric mixture to combine.
  4. Place dough in a pastry bag with a large circle tip. Alternatively you can use a plastic bag with one corner cut off to form a 1 inch circle.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degree. Line sheet pan with parchment paper. Pipe the dough into 2inch “V” shapes onto sheet pan. Bake at 400 degree for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake an additional 25 minutes.
  6. Place on a wire rack to cool. After 5 minutes pierce the bottom of the “V” with a small knife to release the steam.
  7. Make Chocolate Topping. Place chocolate chips in a metal bowl with a wide rim. Place heavy cream in a small saucepan. Bring cream just to a simmer over medium heat. Pour over chocolate chips. Let sit for a 30 seconds to start to melt and stir with a spoon. Switch to a wire whisk and whisk until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  8. Place custard in pastry bag with a long thin tip. Starting at the whole at the bottom of the “V” pipe pastry cream into both sides of the heart.
  9. Dip hearts into chocolate topping. Pull out of topping and hold for excess to drip off. Sprinkle top of heart with Valentine’s Day sprinkles.
  10. Serve to those you Love!!

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Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Eclair Hearts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 598 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Cholesterol 271mg90%
Sodium 419mg17%
Potassium 317mg9%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1060IU21%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.