Lemon Éclairs

Hello everyone,

The éclair is a classic French temptation, usually filled with vanilla pastry cream and glazed with caramel.

I made a lemony version; éclairs filled with a lemon pastry cream and topped with a lemon glaze.

Perfect for summer days!

Here is the recipe – enjoy!

Lemon Éclairs:

  • 3 tablespoons regular sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) butter
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoons (200 ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (70 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


Bring out all the ingredients.

Put the milk, butter, sugar and vanilla into a saucepan.

Place the pan on a medium heat, keeping an eye on it until the butter has melted and the milk just starts to boil.

As soon as the first couple of bubbes have appeared, add the flour. Stir well, the pan still on a medium heat.

Stir constantly (for at least 2 minutes) until the mixture is smooth.

Tip into a mixing bowl and beat for about 4 minutes.

Then add the eggs one at a time, scraping the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula between each addition.

Beat for at least 2 minutes between each egg.

Done! Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1A tip, or use a regular plastic bag where you’ve cut a hole in one corner.

Pipe little rounds onto a lined baking tray.

Bake in a 430 F (220 C) oven for about 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 350 F (180 C) and bake for another 10 minutes.

Do not open the oven door during baking!

The baked éclairs have a lovely golden brown color.

Leave to cool completely.

I made a lemon filling for these éclairs, but use whichever filling you like best.

Lemon pastry cream:

  • 2 1/4 cups (500 ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) regular sugar
  • 1 1/4 oz. (40 g) cream stabilizer (optional)
  • 2/3 cup (150 g) homemade lemon curd

The cream stabilizer is optional here, but it will make the whipped cream firmer and sturdier in texture.

Whisk the cream, sugar and cream stabilizer (if using) until soft peaks form.

Add the homemade lemon curd, you can find the recipe here.

Stir until everything is well blended.

Lemon yumminess…

Make a small hole in the éclair buns and pipe in some lemon pastry cream. I use a Wilton 230 tip for this.

Lemon glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cup (200 g) powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon curd

Put the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in lemon curd to taste.

Spread the glaze over the filled éclair buns.

I added some extra decorations… love these pink fondant flowers.

So tangy, so delicious…

I wish you all a wonderful day!

I hope this week will be a very good one 🙂

Hugs from me to you.


19 Comments on Lemon Éclairs

  1. Anne Mette
    2012/05/28 at 09:01 (4 years ago)

    Ønsker deg en fin uke, ta godt vare på deg selv 🙂

    • Manuela
      2012/05/28 at 11:13 (4 years ago)

      Så snilt sagt av deg Anne-Mette, tusen takk for det og det samme til deg og dine

  2. Astrid-Pastrid
    2012/05/28 at 09:08 (4 years ago)

    disse så fantastiske ut!!

    • Manuela
      2012/05/28 at 11:12 (4 years ago)

      Tusen takk for det Astrid

  3. Eva Kristin
    2012/05/28 at 09:39 (4 years ago)

    Yummi :-))))))) 

    • Manuela
      2012/05/28 at 11:12 (4 years ago)

      So wish i could send you one Eva….kos deg i vakre Bergen hørte at solen skinner

  4. Ingrid
    2012/05/28 at 10:34 (4 years ago)

    Dessa såg utrulig fristande ut, er det ein variant av vannbakkels?

    • Manuela
      2012/05/28 at 11:12 (4 years ago)

      Ja det er vell nesten det samme, bare jeg bruker melk istedenfor vann, Eclair høres jo mye mer exclusief ut syns jeg
      ha en toppers dag vider Ingrid

  5. Alexandra
    2012/05/28 at 12:00 (4 years ago)

    Gud så söta! Jag tror jag måste börja lära mig göra blommor och dekorationer i fondant. Så hima braman kan göra fondant själv 🙂

    • Manuela
      2012/05/28 at 13:21 (4 years ago)

      Takk for det alexandra, ja det er lett å gjøre egen blømster men disse er ferdige blømster som jeg fikk fra modecor i italia når jeg var der for noen uker side

  6. Silje
    2012/05/28 at 20:36 (4 years ago)

    De var søte!:)

    • Manuela
      2012/05/28 at 23:03 (4 years ago)

      Tusen takk for det silje

  7. Blondie
    2012/05/29 at 11:53 (4 years ago)

    Så söta och goda de ser ut! 🙂

    • Manuela
      2012/05/30 at 10:37 (4 years ago)

      Tusen takk, Blondie. 🙂

  8. Vilde 14
    2012/05/29 at 17:41 (4 years ago)

    Freia kommer fra barnearbeid. Mer informasjon finner du på bloggen min.

  9. Eija
    2012/05/29 at 21:23 (4 years ago)

    Fantastiskt fina och söta skapelser!

    • Manuela
      2012/05/30 at 10:31 (4 years ago)

      Tusen takk, Eija. 🙂

  10. Marte
    2012/05/30 at 07:38 (4 years ago)

    stikker du hull under bollen, eller under glasuren/blomsten? :O)

    • Manuela
      2012/05/30 at 10:32 (4 years ago)

      Hei Marte. 🙂
      Stikker den bare inn på siden.


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