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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Filled Eclairs

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Filled Eclairs may look intimidating to make, but trust me, they’re not!

As long as you follow a few simple steps, you’ll be noshing on one (maybe two) of these beauties in no time. 

A horizontal photo of a tray filled with chocolate ganache covered strawberry filled cream puffs with fresh strawberries as garnish.

Light, airy, and filled with a luscious strawberry whipped cream. These easy to make strawberry cream puffs deserve their time in the spotlight for any and every occasion you serve them at!

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The ingredient list:

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  • butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • eggs
  • water
  • vanilla instant pudding
  • heavy whipping cream
  • granulated sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • fresh strawberries, sliced
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips

That’s it. Easy peasy!

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

A closeup vertical image of luscious chocolate ganache topped strawberry filled eclairs on a serving platter.

Can the UNFILLED cream puff pastry shells be made ahead?

Yes! But there are a few simple rules you’ll need to follow.

For Refrigerating:

  • Allow the steam to escape (directions below) and cool the baked puffs completely on a wire rack.
  • Gently cut the puffs in half using a serrated knife and carefully remove the strands of dough from the center of the puffs leaving the shell intact.
  • Gently place the puffs together (top and bottom) and store the prepared puffs in an air-tight container for NO LONGER THAN 2 DAYS.

For Freezing:

  • Allow the steam to escape (directions below) and cool the baked puffs completely on a wire rack.
  • DO NOT cut the cream puffs in half before freezing.
  • Gently place the unfilled puffs in an air-tight freezer container for up to 4 weeks.
  • Thaw at room temperature.
  • Cut the puffs in half with a serrated knife and continue on with the filling.

How to store FILLED cream puffs:

Store the filled cream puffs on a single layer in the refrigerator for no longer than 24 hours to prevent the puffs from getting soggy.

How to make Chocolate Covered Strawberry Filled Eclairs:

  • Add water and butter to a saucepan until the water simmer and the butter melts.
How to make chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs photo tutorial. kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Add all the flour and stir vigorously until the mixture comes together into a heavy dough.
  • Allow the choux paste dough to cool slightly. Approximately 5 minutes.
How to make chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs photo tutorial. kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Add the eggs, one by one, stirring vigorously after each addition. A little elbow grease is required, or you can do this process with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  • After the addition of the final egg, the choux paste dough will be smooth and glossy.
How to make chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs photo tutorial. kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
How to make chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs photo tutorial. kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Drop approximately 2 tablespoons of the choux paste dough onto a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheets. Leaving space in between each eclair.
  • Tap down any spiky points with a wet finger if needed.
  • Bake the eclair shells in a preheated 400-degree oven for approximately 30 – 35 minutes.
How to make chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs photo tutorial. kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Remove the eclairs from the oven and immediately poke a steam hole in the side of each eclair to let the steam out so they won’t deflate as they cool.
  • Allow the eclair shells to cool completely before using a serrated knife to gently slice tops off each eclair shell.
  • Gently pull out any of the doughy interiors that may still remain on the inside of each eclair shell to make room for the filling.
  • Set the shells and tops aside while you prepare the filling.
How to make chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs photo tutorial. kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • In a large bowl, whisk together heavy cream, vanilla pudding mix, and vanilla extract.
  • Stir fresh, sliced strawberries into the pudding mix.
How to make chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs photo tutorial. kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
How to make chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs photo tutorial. kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Divide and spoon the pudding and strawberry mixture evenly among the eclair shell bottoms, and gently place the tops of the shells onto each filled eclair.
How to make chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs photo tutorial. kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • To make the chocolate ganache, pour hot cream over chocolate chips and stir until melted and smooth.
  • Spoon the chocolate ganache liberally over the cream filled eclairs.
How to make chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs photo tutorial. kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Garnish the top of each chocolate covered strawberry filled eclair with a slice of strawberry for garnish.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
How to make chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs photo tutorial. kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
Closeup photo of a strawberry filled eclair with a chocolate ganache topping.

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s Chocolate cream puffs with strawberry filling.

Yield: 12 eclairs

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Filled Eclairs

A tray filled with chocolate covered strawberry filled eclairs with fresh strawberries as garnish

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Filled Eclairs may look intimidating to make, but trust me, they're not! As long as you follow a few simple steps, you'll be noshing on one (may two) of these beauties in no time.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

For the Eclair Shells;

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter, cubed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs

For the Strawberry Filling;

  • 2½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh, sliced strawberries

For the Chocolate Ganache;

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream, , hot, but not boiling
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

To make the Eclair Pastry Shells;

  1. Add water and butter to a saucepan until the water simmer and the butter melts.
  2. Add all the flour and stir vigorously until the mixture comes together into a heavy dough.
  3. Allow the choux paste dough to cool slightly. Approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, one by one, stirring vigorously after each addition. A little elbow grease is required, or you can do this process with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  5. After the addition of the final egg, the choux paste dough will be smooth and glossy.
  6. Drop approximately 2 tablespoons of the choux paste dough onto a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheets. Leaving space in between each eclair.
  7. Tap down any spiky points with a wet finger if needed.
  8. Bake the eclair shells in a preheated 400-degree oven for approximately 30 - 35 minutes.
  9. Remove the eclairs from the oven and immediately poke a steam hole in the side of each eclair to let the steam out so they won't deflate as they cool.
  10. Allow the eclair shells to cool completely before using a serrated knife to gently slice tops off each eclair shell.
  11. Gently pull out any of the doughy interiors that may still remain on the inside of each eclair shell to make room for the filling.
  12. Set the shells and tops aside while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the Strawberry Filling;

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, pudding mix, sugar, and vanilla extract until the mixture thickens into a heavy whipped mixture.
  2. Gently fold the sliced strawberries into the whipped pudding mixture.
  3. Divide and spoon the pudding and strawberry mixture evenly among the eclair shell bottoms, and gently place the tops of the shells onto each filled eclair.

To make the Chocolate Ganache;

  1. Pour hot cream over chocolate chips and stir well until melted and smooth.
  2. Spoon the chocolate ganache liberally over the cream filled eclairs.
  3. Garnish the top of each chocolate covered strawberry filled eclair with a slice of strawberry for garnish.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

Tools and equipment;

medium saucepan, wooden spoon. whisk, tablespoons, parchment paper or Silpat, baking sheet, large bowl, paring knife and cutting board, microwave-safe bowl, measuring spoons, measuring cups.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1 eclair

Amount Per Serving Calories 523Total Fat 41gSaturated Fat 24gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 161mgSodium 166mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 3gSugar 16gProtein 6g

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Nellie Tracy

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

These are the BEST! I love eclairs normally, but the addition of the strawberries makes these even more amazing!

Renée

Thursday 4th of June 2020

Thanks so much, Nellie! Strawberries are always a welcome addition to just about any dessert. Take good care, Renee

Lisalia

Thursday 7th of May 2020

So yummy and BEAUtifUl! Thanks for this delicious and easy recipe. They turned out perfect and my family loved them.

Linda

Thursday 7th of May 2020

You can't get much more deliciously decadent than these eclairs! I've made these with ice cream filling as well as just a powdered sugar topping but that chocolate, drool, is to die for!

Renée

Thursday 7th of May 2020

I like the idea of filling them with ice cream. I'm gonna have to try that! Thanks, Linda!

Abigail Raines

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Nothing screams deliciousness than these chocolate covered eclairs! Love the fruity sweetness added by the fresh strawberries!

Renée

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Thanks, Abigail! I think so too!

Dorothy at Shockinglydelish

Monday 16th of July 2018

Chocolate and strawberry are a match made in heaven!

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