Lemon Eclairs
Servings Prep Time
12eclairs 1hour
Cook Time
40minutes
Servings Prep Time
12eclairs 1hour
Cook Time
40minutes
Ingredients
FOR THE CHOUX DOUGH
FOR THE FILLING
FOR THE ICING
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 and line two sheet trays with silicone mats to prepare. First, make the choux pastry dough. Combine the water and cubed butter in a sauce pan and heat it over medium low heat on the stove. When it starts to boil, add in the flour and take it off of the heat while you stir it really well. When it becomes a paste, put it back on the heat and keep stirring for another couple of minutes. It will dry out a little more, cook off the flour and naturally become a ball of dough. Let it cool for a few minutes, then whisk in the eggs really well until the dough is smooth and glossy. Sprinkle a little water on the trays to help steam the dough. Transfer the dough into a piping bag with a plain, 1/2 inch opening and pipe out 3 inch eclairs onto the trays, with 6 on each to give them lots of room to expand.
  2. Bake the eclairs for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven heat to 375 and bake them for another 20 minutes. While they bake, make the filling and the icing. For the filling, whip up the heavy cream with an electric hand mixer until it forms a stiff whipped cream. Stir in the lemon curd until it is smooth and set it aside. For the icing, combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and stir them together. Add in the food coloring and keep stirring until you have a really stiff icing. Set it aside too. The eclairs should be done by this point. Let them cool enough to handle, then cut them in half lengthwise and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Now it’s time for assembly! Scoop the filling into a piping bag with a plain 1/2 inch opening and pipe a generous amount on each of the bottom halves of the eclairs. Close them with the top halves. Then scoop the icing into a disposable piping bag and snip the tip. Pipe a thick, generous line down the length of each eclair. Run a butter knife under very hot water and use it to evenly and gently spread the icing and make it shine. You make have to run it under the water after each eclair for it to work best. Then they’re done! Serve immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container until you are ready to serve.