Air Fryer Eclairs — If you have been looking for the perfect way to make a homemade eclair in minutes, look no further than your air fryer!
Today’s recipe homemade air fryer eclairs.
Imagine a crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside eclair, all cooked in your air fryer. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! These Air Fryer Eclairs are simple to make and delicious. They’re healthier than traditional eclairs because they’re cooked using air rather than deep frying. You’ll never want to make eclairs any other way again!
What Is An Eclair?
An éclair (pronounced “eh-klair”) is a French pastry made with choux dough and a chocolate glaze. Éclairs can be filled with flavored whipped cream, ice cream, or custard. They are often eaten as a dessert but can also be served as a snack. The origins of the éclair are unknown, but it is believed to have been created in the mid-19th century.
Think of an eclair as a savory cream puff. It is a pastry made from choux dough filled with flavored whipped cream and topped with chocolate. Eclairs can be baked or fried and are usually about six inches long. You can eat them plain or served with a variety of dipping sauces. Though they may seem like a complicated dessert, they are pretty simple! Give them a try for yourself and see how easy (and delicious) they are!
Can You Cook Homemade Eclairs In Air Fryer
Yes, you can cook homemade eclairs in an air fryer. While traditionally baked in an oven, the air fryer offers a quicker and more efficient method to achieve a golden and crispy outer shell while maintaining a soft interior.
This method ensures even cooking without turning or rotating the eclairs. Just monitor them closely to prevent over-browning, and ensure you allow enough space between each eclair to let the hot air circulate effectively.
Ingredients Needed For Homemade Air Fryer Eclairs
You can make a batch in minutes with a few simple ingredients and your trusty air fryer!
Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.
- All-purpose flour: The foundation for our eclair dough, all-purpose flour provides structure and body to the pastry.
- Water: Essential for creating the right consistency, water helps the dough become smooth and malleable.
- Unsalted butter: Adding a rich flavor and creamy texture, butter enhances the taste and mouthfeel of the eclairs.
- Granulated sugar: A touch of sweetness is added with granulated sugar, balancing the savory elements.
- Salt: Enhancing the overall flavor profile, a pinch of salt is key to bring out the taste in baked goods.
- Eggs: Eggs act as a binding agent, keeping the dough cohesive and giving it a golden hue when baked.
- Vanilla extract: A dash of vanilla elevates the delicate flavors, infusing the eclairs with a fragrant aroma.
- Heavy cream (for filling): Whipped to perfection, heavy cream becomes a light and airy filling, contrasting the crispy exterior.
- Chocolate (for topping): Melted chocolate adds a decadent touch, making the eclair a true dessert delight.
How To Make Homemade Air Fryer Eclairs
This is a brief overview of making homemade eclairs in the air fryer; the printable recipe card is at the bottom of the post.
Step One: Prepare The Dough (Choux Pastry)
Prepare an air fryer tray with a sheet of parchment paper. Add the water, butter, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan or pot.
Stir in the flour and cook, constantly stirring, until the mixture forms a dough ball. (There will be a thin film on the bottom of the pan).
Remove the pan from the heat and add the dough to a large mixing bowl to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, until combined and the dough becomes shiny.
Step Two: Piping The Eclairs
Add the dough to a piping or Ziploc bag with a trimmed corner. Working in batches, pipe 1-inch thick and 4-inch long strips onto the parchment paper.
Step Three: Air Fry
Set the air fryer to 350 degrees F and set cook time for 6-8 minutes, or until the eclairs are puffed, lightly golden, and cooked through.
Step Four: Preparing The Cream Filling
While the eclairs cook, prepare the custard. Blend the heavy cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
Mix the pudding mix and milk until well blended in a large bowl. Fold in the whipped topping until combined and chill in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
Step Five: Chocolate Topping
Allow the eclairs to cool thoroughly, then slice them in half with a serrated knife. Pipe or spoon the chilled custard filling onto the bottoms of the eclairs and place the tops back on.
Spread chocolate frosting over each eclair top and keep chilled until ready to serve.
Pro Tips For Cooking Homemade Eclairs In Air Fryer
Making eclairs in an air fryer is a twist on the traditional baking method. To ensure your air-fried eclairs turn out delicious and perfectly puffed, consider the following pro tips:
- Even Piping: Piping evenly ensures that the eclairs cook uniformly. Make sure each eclair is roughly the same size and thickness.
- Don’t Overcrowd: Eclairs expand as they cook. Give them plenty of space in the air fryer basket to prevent them from sticking together.
- Avoid Opening Frequently: Resist the urge to check on the eclairs too often. Constantly opening the air fryer can cause the temperature to drop, which might deflate the eclairs.
- Use a Toothpick: Just like with cakes or cupcakes, you can insert a toothpick into an eclair. If it comes out clean, the eclair is done.
- Cooling is Key: Allow the eclairs to cool completely before filling them. This ensures that the cream doesn’t melt when piped inside.
- Sturdy Piping Bag:Use a sturdy piping bag with a solid tip for both the dough and the filling to make the process smoother.
- Filling Technique: For a neater look, consider filling your eclairs from the bottom. This way, the slit isn’t visible from the top after they’re dipped in chocolate.
- Chocolate Topping: When dipping eclairs in chocolate, ensure the chocolate isn’t too hot. It should be warm and smooth but not scalding.
- Customize Fillings and Toppings: While cream and chocolate are traditional, feel free to experiment. Try custards, fruit purees, or even savory fillings.
- Store Properly:Due to the cream filling, eclairs should be stored in the refrigerator if not eaten immediately. They are best enjoyed fresh but can be refrigerated for up to two days.
Remember, making eclairs is as much an art as it is a science. Don’t get discouraged if your first batch isn’t perfect – practice makes perfect!
Why did my eclairs not puff up?
The most common reason is the moisture content of the dough. Too much or too little moisture can cause puffiness. Make sure to follow the recipe precisely.
Can I make the dough ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the choux pastry a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator. However, it’s best to pipe and cook them fresh for optimal results.
Can I fill the eclairs with something other than cream?
Absolutely! Eclairs can be filled with custards, whipped cream, fruit purees, or even savory fillings. The choice is yours!
Why are my eclairs soggy?
Eclairs can become soggy if they are not cooked long enough or if the air fryer temperature fluctuates too much. Always ensure your air fryer is preheated, and avoid opening it frequently during the cooking process.
How long will the eclairs stay fresh?
Eclairs are best enjoyed the day they’re made. However, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. Just be aware that the longer they sit, the softer the pastry will become.
Can I freeze eclairs?
Yes, unfilled eclairs can be frozen for up to a month. When ready to use, thaw them at room temperature and then fill them out.
My chocolate glaze is too thick. What can I do?
If your chocolate glaze is too thick, you can thin it with a small amount of warmed cream or milk, mixing until you achieve the desired consistency.
Can I make eclairs without an air fryer?
Certainly! Traditionally, eclairs are baked in an oven. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake them at 425°F (220°C) for about 25-30 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and puffy.
Why did my eclairs deflate after taking them out of the air fryer?
Eclairs might deflate if they’re not cooked thoroughly, causing the inside to remain too moist. Make sure to cook them for the recommended time and let them cool properly to avoid deflation.
Can I use a different type of chocolate for the glaze?
Absolutely! While semi-sweet chocolate is traditional, you can use dark chocolate, white chocolate, or even milk chocolate based on your preference.
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Air Fryer Eclairs
- 1 cup water
- 1 stick butter, unsalted
- 1/4 tesapon kosher salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 large egg
- 1 tesapoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 cups milk, cold
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 container chocolate frosting
- Prepare an air fryer tray with a sheet of parchment paper.
- In a medium saucepan or pot, add the water, butter, and salt and bring to a boil.
- Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture forms a dough ball. (There will be a thin film on the bottom of the pan).
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the dough to a large mixing bowl to cool for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the eggs, one at a time, until combined and the dough becomes shiny.
- Add the dough to a piping bag or Ziploc bag with a corner trimmed off. Working in batches, pipe 1 inch thick and 4 inch long strips onto the parchment paper.
- Set the air fryer setting to 350 degrees and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until the eclairs are puffed, lightly golden, and cooked through.
- While the eclairs cook, prepare the custard. Blend the heavy cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
- Mix together the pudding mix and milk until well blended in a large bowl. Fold in the whipped topping until just combined and chill in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
- Allow eclairs to cool fully, then slice the eclairs in half with a serrated knife.
- Pipe or spoon the chilled custard filling onto the bottoms of the eclairs and place the tops back on.
- Spread chocolate frosting over each eclair top and keep chilled until ready to serve. Enjoy!
- Air Fryer
- Parchment Paper, Optional
- Cooking Spray, Optional
How To Store, Freeze, and Reheat Air Fryer Eclairs:Storing:
- Place the eclairs in a single layer inside an airtight container.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- Keep in mind that the longer they sit, the softer the pastry will become.
- If you plan to freeze, it’s best to freeze eclairs without filling or glazing.
- Place unfilled eclairs on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze until solid (about 2-3 hours).
- Transfer the frozen eclairs into a freezer-safe bag or airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper.
- Store in the freezer for up to one month.
- Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C).
- Place the eclairs in a single layer inside the air fryer basket, ensuring they don’t touch each other.
- Reheat for 3-4 minutes or until they are warmed through.
- If you’re reheating filled or glazed eclairs, keep a close eye on them to ensure the fillings or glaze doesn’t melt excessively.
- If reheating frozen eclairs, allow them to thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes before following the reheating instructions.