This recipe is a twist on the classic Italian dessert tiramisu, and takes advantage of another filling that doesn’t need to be cooked. Although there are no ‘ladies fingers’ in this recipe, the eclair takes its place in both shape and texture, which I find all rather pleasing!
Whilst the coffee and alcohol flavours are a little too much for the kid’s palates, they certainly loved the look of them. My 4 year old was heard to exclaim “Yaaas! Werk!”
- 125 ml water
- 125 ml milk
- 1 tsp sea salt (or 1/2 tsp fine salt)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 110 g butter (unsalted)
- 140 g bread flour
- 4 large eggs
- 150 ml double cream
- 50 g icing sugar
- 250 g marscapone
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp espresso powder
- 1 tbsp marsala
Ganache and decoration
- 150 ml double cream
- 75 g dark chocolate
- 75 g milk chocolate
- a little dark chocolate (in bar form)
- Place a baking stone on the centre rack of the oven, and preheat to 220/200c fan.If you don’t have a baking stone, a baking sheet or two will also work.
- Place water, milk, salt, sugar, and butter into a saucepan, and set over a medium heat. Bring the mixture to the boil.
- In the meantime sift the bread flour, and crack your eggs into a jug and lightly whisk.
- When the mixture reaches the boil, remove from the heat, and stir in the flour, all at once. Incorporate completely, and then return the pan to the heat, stirring continuously for 3 minutes. After the 3 minutes are up, put the dough into a clean bowl. Do not scrape out any film on the pan.
- Beat in the eggs gradually, either by hand, or by using the help of a machine. The easiest method is to use a food processor and pour the eggs down the feeling tube. Allow the pastry to cool to 25c-30c before piping.
- Pipe 10cm (4-inch) eclairs into a lined baking sheet using a french star tip. You’ll want the eclairs to be about 2cm (3/4 of an inch) wide.
- Brush with a little melted butter, and use the pastry brush to smooth over any peaks. You can also use the pastry brush to coax any wonky eclairs back into shape.
- Place the baking tray directly onto the baking stone.Once the oven door is closed, immediately lower the temperature to 200/180c fan
- After 30 minutes, check if the eclairs are completely firm. If not, continue baking a little longer.
- Remove the eclairs from the oven, and turn the oven off.Use a skewer to poke two holes in the end of each eclair. Use the skewer to stir around inside a little, to help create a nice clean space for the filling.
- Use a bismark tip, or small french star tip, to create 2 larger holes in the base of each eclair, then place them back on the baking sheet, upside down.
- Place the eclairs back inside the still hot oven, to help dry out the inside of the eclairs – this will take about 5 minutes.
- Place upside down on a wire rack until completely cool.
- In a bowl, whisk the double cream and icing sugar until it holds firm peaks.
- In another bowl, whisk the marsapone until smooth. Add the vanilla extract, espresso powder, and marsala, and whisk everything together egain until smooth.
- Take about 80% of the whipped cream, and fold it into the marsapone mixture.
The remaining whipped cream should be reserved for decoration later.
- Transfer the tiramisu filling to a pastry pan fitted with a small round tip.
- Pipe the filling into the holes you created earlier, until the eclairs are full.
Refrigerate the eclairs briefly here, while you prepare the ganache.
- Heat the cream in a small saucepan until steaming hot.
- Meanwhile, weigh out the chocolate into a heatproof bowl, and add the golden syrup.
- Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and leave to stand for 2 minutes.
- Using a whisk, start to create small circles in the middle, slowly incorporating the cream into the chocolate. Do not rush this part, or be rough, as this may cause the ganache to split.
- Dip the eclairs into the ganache, top side down. Shake off the excess, and then leave to set on a wire cooling rack. Glaze all the eclairs, then transfer to the fridge to help set up quickly.
- Decorate each eclair with a row of whipped cream stars, then grate dark chocolate over the top.
- Serve immediately, or within a few hours.