The world’s favorite and one of the well-known French desserts must be these colorful eclairs! The word “eclair” means “flash of lightning” and it originated in France during the 19th century.
Eclairs are made from choux pastry, filled with cream or custard, and topped with fondant icing. They are long French pastries that definitely look unique and become everyone’s beloved dessert.
A Familiar Taste
Since eclairs are quite a simple kind of dessert and the taste is not complicated. They have an eggy salty flavor of the choux pastry combined with sweet cream and mousse, or sometimes covered up with strong flavors like dark chocolate filling. So, eclairs can easily become everyone’s favorite and there are many flavors for you to choose from!
A Great Side Dish
Sweet desserts like eclairs can be a good partner with light or bitter drinks such as tea and coffee. You can add some more fresh fruit for the contrasting taste too. It will give you a quick, simple and impressive breakfast to start the day with. So anyone interested to try this combination tomorrow morning?
Fillings and Toppings
Even though the taste is easy to eat but I believe that many choices of eclairs fillings can make it hard to choose. Their variety of fillings includes classic vanilla pastry cream, chocolate, strawberry, mocha, whipped cream, custards, and so much more! Whether you are a sweet tooth or not, one of these fillings can make it easy for you to try.
Apart from filled eclairs, some recipes provide toppings to make it crunchy or give it more textures. There are nuts like almond and pistachio, popcorn, meringue, and many kinds of fruit to fulfill the taste of eclairs.
Fun Fact: Eclair vs Choux Cream
Several people including Thais are still confused about the names of these two French desserts by miscalling a choux cream as an eclair. Actually, they both are made from choux pastry which is eggs, flour, and butter, filled with cream, but different in shapes.
We can easily distinguish them! Eclairs are long oblong with some toppings, while choux creams are often small and round pieces like a cabbage.
Since eclairs have been around for a long time and still be a popular type of sweets, they are easy to find at your local bakery shops. Also, they are the type that can be adapted with new and trendy fillings which make dessert fans even fall in love with them!
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