Chocolate Pastry Cream for Eclairs and Napoleons
A good éclair is more than the sum of its pastry, filling, and glaze parts—it’s a study in simple contrasts in texture and flavor. Fortunately, making excellent éclairs at home can be done with relative ease.
Why This Recipe Works
For our Napoleons recipe, we worked on a scaled-down version of our Quick Puff Pastry recipe. Then we figured out how to achieve level puff pastry layers for our Napoleons recipe, so they could be spread with pastry cream and stacked. We found that rolling the dough into an even layer, poking holes in it with a fork, and baking it topped with foil and pie weights worked best.