French Fridays with Dorie: Nutella Eclairs


I am no stranger to eclairs. As a matter of fact, I can say that I grew up on them. If they weren’t in my Mom’s kitchen, they definitely were at the nearest pastry shop in my hometown of Bitola, in Macedonia.

Therefore, when I saw that these were a menu item for FFwD, I was super excited. I have only made eclairs a handful of times so I was just a tad bit nervous, but once I got started I could not wait to finish – I ate four of the pastries (plain) while they were cooling.

Don’t judge – I was hungry. Due to the three different parts to this recipe, lunch was pushed back, Ana’s nap was pushed forward, but dessert was served on time! Smile


Eclairs are long, puffed, and cream-filled pastries. The dough, which is made of milk, butter, sugar, and flour, is piped onto a baking sheet with a pastry bag and then baked until golden brown. Once cooled, the pastry is filled with a crème pâtissière, or pastry cream, and finished off with a powdered sugar glaze which is spread over the top of the éclair.

Dorie’s recipe calls for a vanilla pastry cream to be piped inside the éclair, but I went a different way and filled the eclairs with a Nutella Cream Cheese filling – I heart Nutella. Besides, I thought that the flavors of the Nutella and the flavors of the glaze would really complement each other. And they did. Oh boy did they ever! It really was a delicious dessert.


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  1. says

    i just received my copy of FFwD and still having a hard time deciding which recipe I should try first.
    these eclairs looks so dangerously tempting. would have a hard time stopping after just 1 or 2. love the nutella twist.
    thanks for sharing Kate

  2. says

    Glad to know I wasn’t the only one growing up on eclairs :) In Nice, we have so many bakery shops full of amazing pastries and yet, one of the most tempting desserts for me has always been the eclair. The chocolate version, as well as the coffee one. Yum! Now I must absolutely try this Nutella version :)

  3. says

    It really looks like everyone did a beautiful job with this weeks FFwD. I love everyones twist on it too! The nutella filling sounds great!

  4. says

    Love, love, love seeing everybody`s eclairs!! They look so lovely and inviting!! I don`t blame you for the quality control checks on the cooling pastries!!

  5. says

    Your eclairs look great!
    I have many memories of visiting cake shops in Bitola with my grandmother!
    And I too love love love Nutella.

    • says

      Doesn’t Bitola have some of the greatest pastry shops you’ve ever seen? I especially love, “Ајчо”…his pastry shop and his restaurant right next door are amazing!

  6. says

    Smile. I LOVE ecalirs too, but I never make them at home. I need to change that! I love the nutty twist you made on this classic recipe. Nutella is always a good decision! Thank you for sharing your sweet self with me tonight. I always know I can find something delicious and uplifting when I visit. I hope you have a safe and happy Sunday.

  7. says

    When I was making my eclairs I thought nutella would be so good in these, but didn’t think about the addition of cream cheese…Mmmmm! Yours look so inviting and wonderful!

  8. says

    Wow, I really should pay more attention to the FFwD schedule. I’ve been wanting to make eclairs and this would have been the perfect opportunity. Darn. I already have the book, too. It would be a great reason to use it.

    Yours look wonderful, though. I can only imagine how awesome the Vanilla-Nutella combination tastes. :-)

  9. says

    It’s great that you had fun with creating your own Nutella filling:-)
    They look beautiful with the contrasting colors of the glaze and the delicious filling, what a fun dessert to serve and I’m sure it was appreciated;-)

  10. says

    they look gorgeous. i always buy them from a nearby patisserie but i didn’t know how to make them. thanks for sharing your amazing recipe.:-)

  11. says

    Wow Kate, they’re so pretty! Sounds like you had fun making them too, and I think dessert should always be first. Hope Ana didn’t mind the schedule change. :)

  12. says

    Your eclairs look great, and the nutella filling sounds delicious! I’m glad that you pushed your schedule around in order to serve dessert on time…it’s important to prioritize the important things in life, like eclairs!


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