It’s been told that the éclair is the cornerstone to any great patisserie. If you’re French, you’ve most probably tried this Parisian classic pastry dessert and know that eclair literally means lightning in French. Traditionally filled with chocolate or vanilla cream custard, this torpedo-shaped choux pastry (”pâte à choux”) is usually baked until crisp and hollow inside, filled and then topped with icing.
Much like anything characteristically French, its origins are romantically intertwined in mystery, blurred by local legends and competing tales. Which bakery was it first made? Which monarch? How much flour did they originally use? There’s even a disagreement about why an éclair is named after the lightning. Some say it’s because it can be consumed really quick, others say it’s due to the bright glossy glaze. Funnily enough, it’s been said that celebrity pastry chef Marie Antoine Careme, the same guy that invented chef’s hats, invented this marvellously delectable creation in the 19th century!
If you haven’t tried these eclairs before, prepare your tastebuds for Bread etc… Offering the traditional flavors in vanilla and chocolate for ¥35 a pop, you won’t be disappointed.
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