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Strawberry Cheesecake Eclairs

Eclairs filled with strawberries and a creamy cheesecake filling.

Ingredients

Eclair shells:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into 6 pieces (87 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour (90 grams)
  • 3 large eggs , room temperature
  • 1 large egg + 1 teaspoon water , for egg wash (optional)
  • Powdered sugar , for dusting

Cheesecake filling:

  • 1 cup cold heavy cream (250 ml)
  • 8 oz cream cheese , at room temperature (226 grams)
  • cup granulated sugar (65 grams)
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry Filling:

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • cup water (85 ml)
  • 1 ½ cups chopped strawberries , fresh or frozen (250 grams)
  • cup granulated sugar (66 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest

Instructions

To make éclair shells:

  • Preheat oven to 425°. Line sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • Bring butter, sugar, salt, and ¾ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Immediately remove from heat, and quickly stir in flour all at once. Return to heat and stir with a wooden spoon for 1 to 2 minutes, or until dough is smooth and forms a ball.
  • Transfer dough to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  • Add 3 eggs, 1 at a time, beating until mixture is smooth and glossy. Spoon dough into a pastry bag fitted with a 5/8-inch or medium sized plain tip. Pipe dough onto prepared pans into 4-inch strips about 1 ½-inches wide. Smooth out peaks and round tops with a moistened finger. Brush tops of dough with egg wash, if using.
  • Bake at 425° for 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 375° and bake 30 minutes or until puffy and golden brown. Turn oven off; let shells stand in closed oven 10 minutes. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks, and cool completely.
  • Shells can be made 1 day ahead and stored, unfilled, in an airtight container at room temperature.

To make strawberry filling:

  • In a small saucepan, sprinkle 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin over ⅓ cup cold water; let stand 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in diced strawberries, sugar, and orange zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries are softened, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Can be made up to a few days ahead.

To make cheesecake filling:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, salt, and vanilla until smooth. Add cream cheese mixture to heavy cream and beat until incorporated. Can be made up to 1 day ahead.

To assemble éclairs:

  • Cut off the top third of the éclair shell. Spoon strawberry filling into the bottom of the shell. Pipe cheesecake filling on top of strawberry filling, and put the top of the shell on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Eclairs are best served within a few hours of assembling.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 123mg, Potassium: 73mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 600IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 1mg
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