Nutella Eclairs

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These homemade Nutella Eclairs are easy and delicious! Sweet, puffed pastry filled with a Nutella Cream Cheese Filling and finished off with a powdered sugar and vanilla glaze.

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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

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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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ENJOY!

Nutella Eclairs

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WW Freestyle: 8
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
These homemade Nutella Eclairs are easy and delicious! Sweet, puffed pastry filled with a Nutella Cream Cheese Filling and finished off with a powdered sugar and vanilla glaze.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Servings: 24
Calories: 114
Author: Katerina | Diethood

Ingredients

FOR THE ECLAIRS

  • 1/2- cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter , cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs , room temperature

FOR THE FILLING

  • 3/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese , softened (light cream cheese is okay)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • about 3 tablespoons cream or milk or as needed , adjust to desired filling consistency

FOR THE GLAZE

  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • squeeze of lemon juice

Instructions 

FOR THE ECLAIRS

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
  • Combine milk, water, butter, sugar and salt in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan; set over high heat and bring to a rapid boil.
  • Add the flour, lower heat to medium-low and immediately start stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon or heavy whisk. The dough will come together, and a crust will form on the bottom of the pan.
  • Keep stirring for another minute or two, or until dough is dry and smooth.
  • Turn the dough into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or into a bowl you can use to mix with a hand mixer or a wooden spoon and elbow grease.
  • Let dough sit for 1 minute; add the eggs one by one and beat until the dough is thick and shiny.
  • Using about 1 tablespoon dough for each puff, drop the dough from a spoon onto the previously prepared sheets, leaving 2 inches of space between the mounds of dough.
  • Lower oven temperature to 375 and bake for 12 minutes, then rotate the pans from front to back and top to bottom; continue to bake for another 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden and puffed.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets.

In the meantime, prepare the Filling.

  • Add Nutella, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium-high speed until thoroughly combined.
  • With the mixer running, slowly add the cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until filling combines and desired consistency is achieved.
  • Using a serrated knife and a gentle sawing motion, you can simply cut off the top quarter or third of each puff, fill the puffs with the Nutella Filling, and top them with the caps. Set aside.

Make the Glaze

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; whisk gently to combine. If the glaze seems too thick, add more milk; if too thin, add more sugar.
  • Using a small icing spatula or a butter knife, glaze the tops of the eclairs, then settle the tops gently of the filled bases.
  • Refrigerate the eclairs for at least 1 hour (or up to 8 hours) before serving.

Notes

Adapted from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan
Nutrition Facts
Nutella Eclairs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 73mg3%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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64 Responses
  1. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Kate, these are exactly my kind of eclairs!!! OMG 🙂 I desperately want that book :))!! And the cream cheese nutella filling id really fabulous!!!!

  2. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    Lol, you grew up on eclairs! Love your Nutella twist and the fact that you rearranged the day so dessert was served on time 🙂 Priorities, babe.

  3. A little bit of everything

    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

  4. Claudie

    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 🙂

  5. kita

    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!

  6. briarrose

    Ooooo….a Nutella filling…I am soooo going to remember this when I unleash my next eclair making spree. 😉 Wonderful idea.

  7. Lori

    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!!

  8. The Farmers Wife

    Oh Lordy… Those look so perfect! I tell you what, you make those, and I’ll make my Krispy treats and we’ll have a party! hehe!

  9. Baking Serendipity

    Eclairs are a special treat for me, and I haven’t had one in so long. Yours look fantastic…and I love the use of Nutella!

  10. Jill@MadAboutMacarons

    Kate, these are just gorgeous. So wicked, too with the nutella. How could you eat 4 while they were cooling, though? ;-)) Lol.

  11. sanya

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

    1. Kate@Diethood

      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!

  12. Monet

    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.

  13. Lindsey at Burn Me Not

    These look so yummy!! I have this cook book, so I have no excuse… I have to make some… like, right now. 🙂

  14. Hester aka The Chef Doc

    Oh, Kate Kate Kate… mmm mmm mmm!!!! I’ve always wanted to make caramel eclairs. I’ve never made eclairs before but man, I want some so bad right now!

  15. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz

    Wow they look amazing, and I like you they bring back childhood memories too. It was my go to pastry when I was a child and we went to nicer restaurants.

  16. Elaine

    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!

  17. Jean

    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. 🙂

  18. Kankana

    The look super tasty .. I would probably done what you did .. eat even before they cooled enough 😛 😀
    Happy weekend XOXO

  19. Patty

    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;-)

  20. visda

    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.:-)

  21. Happy When Not Hungry

    Wow my mouth is literally watering!! The Nutella addition is so creative and looks amazing. Nice job Kate!

  22. Sandra

    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. 🙂

  23. Emily @ Life On Food

    Nutella filling oh my. These look delicious. Each Friday I think about getting that cookbook and joining the fun!

  24. spcookiequeen

    I just received the book, I was wondering is this one from it, or one of your creations. I was just trying to narrow down what to try first. Thanks.
    -Gina-

    1. Kate@Diethood

      You will love the book!! I hope you can join FFwD!
      The filling is all mine, but I did follow Dorie’s recipe for the eclair pastry and the glaze.

  25. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen

    Kate, that nutella cream cheese filling stopped me in my tracks….how genius of you! Your white glaze looks so smooth and perfect too :-).

  26. Geni

    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!

  27. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Oh dear, I think these would be dangerous to keep around! I think I would have eaten more than 4–I can just imagine how good they smell.

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