Pistachio Chocolate Eclair from Christopher Adam

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Pistachio Chocolate Eclair from Christopher Adam


Bright, salty pistachios and deep rich chocolate with a fluffy center cream is a delicate summertime dessert. This pastry brightens up every meal with its light and airy filling, followed by a sweet deep chocolate sauce. Not recommended for beginning bakers, this intricate éclair takes time and dedication. Before embarking on making these small bites of heaven, check that a pastry bag, cooling rack, and all 29 ingredients are nearby.


  • 45 grams egg yolks
  • 40 grams caster sugar
  • 15 grams corn starch
  • 250 grams milk
  • 50 grams cream (liquid, 35% fat)
  • 95 grams dark chocolate (minimum 60% cocoa)
  • 50 grams butter
  • 96 grams milk
  • 96 grams water
  • 96 grams butter
  • 2 grams salt
  • 3 grams sugar
  • 96 grams flour
  • 180 grams eggs
  • 30 grams water
  • 40 grams sugar
  • 100 grams pistachios (whole)
  • 90 grams ground almonds
  • 30 grams flour
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 160 grams egg whites
  • 100 grams egg yolks
  • 12 grams sunflower oil
  • 15 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 55 grams flour
  • salt
  • 65 grams powdered sugar
  • 65 grams hazelnuts (powder)
  • 50 grams butter (creamed)


  1. 1Mix egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch.
  2. 2Boil the milk with the cream, remove from heat. Pour in the first mixture, and bring to boil over low heat.
  3. 3Mix with chocolate, let cool to 40 degrees Celsius, add butter in small cubes, and mix in blender.
  4. 4Wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (Can be prepared the day before).
  5. 5Preheat oven to 250 degrees Celsius
  6. 6In a saucepan boil milk, water, butter, salt and sugar.
  7. 7Remove from heat, add the flour all at once.
  8. 8Mix and heat again until the mixture detaches itself from the sides of the pan (about 1 minute). Pour the dough into a food processor, and mix it on the K speed.
  9. 9Add the eggs one by one by rapidly mixing between each addition, do not add the next one until each one is completely incorporated in the dough.
  10. 10Use a pastry bag (sleeve 1 centimeter diameter fluted or not), and squeeze out 11 centimeter dough strips on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  11. 11The pastry will expand during cooking so be sure to space them enough.
  12. 12Using a wet fork, lightly scratch the entire length of each dough strip so they swell evenly.
  13. 13Place the eclairs in the oven and turn it off for 12 to 16 minutes. When they begin to swell, turn oven back on at 160 C for about 25 minutes (do not open the oven door during cooking).
  14. 14Cool on a rack.
  15. 15Preheat oven to 185 degrees Celsius.
  16. 16Make a syrup by boiling water and sugar, add the pistachios. Stir well, sieve, and spread them on a plate lined with wax paper.
  17. 17Caramelize for 8 minutes in the oven.
  18. 18Mix ground almonds, flour, sugar, and a little green dye.
  19. 19Mix the egg whites and yolks.
  20. 20Combine the flour mixture and the eggs, then add sunflower oil.
  21. 21Add some green food coloring if you wish.
  22. 22Fill a third of a plastic cup with this mixture. Place in microwave at 1000 watts for 30 seconds.
  23. 23Remove cup from the oven, turn upside down, and cool in this position.
  24. 24Then cut the cup with scissors to get the sponge cake.
  25. 25Tear with your fingers to obtain different shapes and sizes.
  26. 26Preheat oven to 180 C.
  27. 27Mix flour, sugar, hazelnut powder, butter, and a pinch of salt.
  28. 28Roll into balls the size of pebbles, spread on a baking plate, and bake for 8 minutes at 180 C.
  29. 29Roll them in cocoa powder right out of the oven.
  30. 30Let cool.
  31. 31When the eclair pastry has cooled, cut off the top half with a serrated knife.
  32. 32Cover the bottom of each pastry with chocolate cream, sprinkle with pistachios, then decorate with pieces of sponge cake. chocolate cream, and fill in with streusel nuggets.
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NutritionView more



Calories630Calories from Fat370
Total Fat41g63%
Saturated Fat16g80%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat370
Total Carbohydrate55g18%
Dietary Fiber4g16%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.