Éclairs with Almond Pastry Cream

Show up at a party with these chocolate-dipped Éclairs with Almond Pastry Cream, then listen to the oohs and aahs! They only look fancy — they’re actually quite simple to prepare.

Éclairs with Almond Pastry Cream

These eclairs with almond cream taste like heaven!
Prep Time30 mins
Chill30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Afternoon Tea, Almond Pastry Cream, Almonds, Dessert, Éclairs with Almond Pastry Cream, french, Mother’s Day, Pâte à Choux
Servings: 13 Éclairs
Calories: 183kcal


  • Measuring Cups/Spoons 
  • Decorating Tube Set
  • 3-Quart Saucepan
  • 9" Wire Whisk
  • Glass Nesting Bowls
  • Glass Liquid Measuring Cups
  • 14" Reusable Piping Bag



  • ½ cup Sugar, divided
  • ¼ cup Cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. Table salt
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 1 Egg


  • 2 tbsp. Almond paste  
  • 2 cups Whole milk
  • 2 tbsp. Cold unsalted butter, diced 
  • 2 tsp. Pure almond extract


  • 2 oz. Semisweet bar chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Water 
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar 
  • 1 tbsp. Unsalted butter  
  • Éclair Pastry Shells from Pâte á Choux 
  • Toasted sliced almonds


The Pastry Cream

  • Whisk together ¼ cup sugar, cornstarch, salt, yolks, and 1 egg in a bowl.


  • Remaining ¼ cup sugar and almond paste in a saucepan. Add milk and heat over medium until steam begins to rise from the pan.
  • Slowly add half of the milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Return egg-milk mixture to pan and bring to a boil; whisk constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes
  • Off heat, whisk in 2 Tbsp. butter and almond extract until butter is incorporated. Transfer pastry cream to a bowl and cover surface with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming; chill until cold.

The Glaze

  • Heat chocolate, water, and 1 Tbsp. sugar in a saucepan over medium-low until chocolate melts. Off heat, whisk in 1 Tbsp. butter.
  • Poke two holes into the bottom of pastry shells using a piping tip. Pipe in pastry cream until éclairs feel heavy for their size.
  • Dip tops of éclairs into chocolate glaze; garnish with sliced almonds.


Per éclair, Calories: 183

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories183
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 11g 17%
    • Saturated Fat 6g 30%
  • Cholesterol 93mg 31%
  • Sodium 107mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
    • Protein 4g 8%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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      Written by Lisa Yarde

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