Is the éclair the new cupcake (do we need to ‘choux’ one or the other)? We went to check out Selfridges’ new sell out salted caramel éclair. Could this be the next must serve sweet delicacy – the box of indulgence that every good host must serve or guest present? Share our salty but sweet, crème patissiere filled choux pastry experience below.
Ah, the memories of the first time we tasted salted caramel, it was a few years ago after a long lunch at Pizza East with friends. The mildly savory sweet combination was a taste sensation and ever since we have gleefully sought out various salted caramel delights. So as soon as we heard about the new salted caramel éclair at Selfridges we popped in to get our taste buds tickled by this modern classic…and we were not disappointed! The éclairs on display looked enticing and certainly more appealing than your average bakery fair; no flaking cracked chocolate or over-whipped cream in site. They were plump, expertly filled and beautifully presented with a subtle sheen on top. We chose our éclair to go – we needed some privacy together. We picked the prettiest, fattest pastry and watched as it was eased into its brown cardboard box…..
Eager to get our smackers around this sticky goodie, we took out first bites…it was everything we hoped it would be; rich and wonderfully sweet but with the contrasting salty aftertaste. This is an opulent delight; it tastes and feels a little more rich and decadent than most cupcakes. The creamy filling encased in a light pastry topped with a sweet icing had us floating on a sugar high for several hours. We love the variety that the éclair offers with a multitude of flavours and filings available, not sure that it’s the new cupcake but it’s certainly back on our radar as an alternative.
Entertaining: We think you would be very well received if you turned up at friend’s house with a box of salted caramel éclairs, sent a box to client, mother or lover. You can certainly send them to us! They are fun, delicious and a little bit wicked! From Selfridges – £2.99 Order or go early, this babies sell out like hot cakes….. or if you fancy making an outing of it – we hear the London Corinthia does a supreme blueberry éclair- but do check as afternoon tea items are subject to change. At home: If you fancy yourself as a pastry chef in the kitchen, then pick up one of the many books out there dedicated to tubes of dough. We recently picked up ‘The Secret of Éclairs’ in our local Oliver Bonus (in Balham for £8.99 – also available from Amazon) and drooled over pictures and recipes of Marianne Magnier-Morenos’ top suggestions – we particularly love the sound these: coconut éclair, earl grey or even the lime éclair. Éclairs can also be endlessly customized giving you the option to get more personal with names, messaging or branding.
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