Valentine’s Day Lemon & Blackberry Eclairs

Valentine's Day Eclairs I could go for some flowers and diamonds right about now. And by now, I mean tomorrow! Holla back for Valentine’s Day!! With V-day sneaking around the corner, I thought I would share with you a cute little concoction that is perfect for those sweethearts in your life.

Typically, Valentine’s Day sweets and treats are all about the calorie laden chocolates. I like chocolate as much as the next average joe, but the way to my heart is lemon. And lots of it, baby. So, I experimented a few weeks ago with the cream puff and eclair rolling around in my head and came up with these little babies. This is made using the same shell as an eclair but with a lemon cream cheese filling instead of custard and topped with sweet blackberries. It’s sweet, creamy, cold, tangy and juicy…basically, everything a dessert should be. And if this isn’t your cup of tea, scroll down to the bottom of the post for some of my favorite sweet treats!

Here’s how to make these:

First, we’re going to mix up the pate a choux…or the dough for the eclair shells. In a small pot, pour in some water and a hunk of butter. eclairs 1

Bring this to a boil. This recipe may look fancy, but it calls for super simple ingredients and is actually quite simple. Keep scrolling and you’ll see what I mean. :) eclairs 2

Once that butter and water have come up to a bubble, sprinkle in some flour and stir it all up with a wooden spoon. eclairs 3

Everything should get mixed together and become really thick. Cook this maybe for a minute over medium-low heat.  eclairs 4

Remove the pot from the burner and sprinkle in some salt.
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Wait a few minutes until the pot has cooled a little bit and stir in two eggs, one by one. {You don’t want to scramble these suckers right up because scrambled eggs in desserts=nasty city.} eclairs 6

You’re going to want to incorporate these eggs completely after each addition. The mixture will look slimy and weird, but that’s how it’s supposed to look.
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After the second addition of the egg, stir it until the pate a choux is completely smooth. Then you can either pipe it out into hearts or spoon it onto a baking sheet. Bake these off first at 425 and then at 350. Oh and, press down any points with a quick dab.  eclairs 8

While those are baking away, we’ll make the fillings. Forage some blackberries in the woods. And by forage I mean buy. And by woods I mean Target. eclairs 9

Wash the blackberries and sprinkle some sugar over top. The amount of sugar will depend on how sweet the berries are. Taste one and decide from there. Oh and squeeze in some lemon juice too. {Pretend there’s a photo of that here too.} eclairs 10

Mush everything around and set it aside. The longer you let this sit, the more juice you will get. Juice=yum. eclairs 11

Pull out those cute hearts when they’re done and set them aside to cool. All of mine didn’t turn out this perfectly just fyi. If yours don’t all look this good, just don’t say a word and no one will know!  eclairs 12

Now for the lemon filling, I just threw everything into a mini chopper and whizzed it up until smooth. In here is sugar, softened cream cheese, lemon zest and cream. eclairs 13

After a few pulses and scrape downs, you should be done! eclairs 14

Now to assemble this all together, slice a heart in half and top with a heaping tablespoon of that lemon filling we just made. eclairs 15

Top that with some blackberries…. eclairs 16

…and the top part of the heart… eclairs 17

and then some powdered sugar! How cute are these? Valentine's Day Eclairs 2

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!! Hope you enjoy this one!

For all you chocolate lovers, here are some other treats you will LOVE: Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes, Double Chocolate Silk Cream Pie {aka the pie that got me married}, Nutella Topped Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecakes, Nutella Cream Pie,  Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Buttercream, Cookies n’ Cream Brownie Bars, Chocolate Truffle S’more Tart, Peanut Butter Brownie Cake and Heart Shaped Brownie Cheesecake Bites.

Valentine's Day Lemon & Blackberry Eclairs

Yield: about 24 small

Ingredients:

for the pate a choux-
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
pinch of salt
2 large eggs

for the lemon cream cheese filling-
6 oz. softened cream cheese
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 lemon, zested
1/4 cup heavy cream

for the macerated blackberries-
12 oz. blackberries
1-3 tablespoons sugar {depending on how sweet the fruit is}
1/2 lemon, juiced

powdered sugar, for garnish if desired

Directions:

To make the pate a choux--Preheat oven to 425. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a small pot, boil water and butter together. Slowly sprinkle in flour while mixing with a wooden spoon. Mixture will become very thick. Cook over low heat approximately 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool a few minutes. {You're going to be stirring in eggs and you don't want to cook them!} Stir in a pinch of salt and eggs, 1 at a time, incorporating completely after each egg addition. After the batter becomes smooth, spoon into piping bag {or large ziploc}. Pipe into 24 small heart shapes. Press any points of dough down with a wet finger. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake 18 minutes. Remove eclair shells from oven once they are golden brown and puffed. Set aside to cool.

For the lemon cream cheese filling- in a small bowl of a mini chopper, place cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest and cream. Blitz until smooth, scraping sides as you go. Mixture is done once there are no lumps. Set aside in fridge.

For the blackberries--place all ingredients into a small bowl. Stir and mash the berries until the desired consistency is reached. Let berries sit at least 30 minutes before serving.

To assemble--slice heart eclair shells open. Spread a heaping tablespoon of lemon filling onto the bottom and spoon over berries. Top with upper half and dust with powdered sugar.

 

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29 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Lemon & Blackberry Eclairs”

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — February 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Lauren, they’re gorgeous! And you have mad skills being able to form heart shapes like that.

    And I adore blackberries…I bet they are so good in this recipe.

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    Suzanne — February 13, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Looks delicious. Valentine’s Day starts here in New zealand in a few hours.

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    Kathryn — February 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

    It’s so nice to see something a bit different for valentines day. I’m a sucker for citrus flavours too so these are right up my street.

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    Priyanka — February 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Lovely….great combo of color and flavor. need to try this

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — February 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Piping the pate a choux into a heart shape is a really cute idea. I’ve never made pate a choux before, but you make it look so easy that I just may give it a swing!

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    Blog is the New Black — February 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Gorgeous and delicious! Blackberry is way too underused!

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — February 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    What a perfect flavor combination – blackberries and lemons. These look amazingly awesome, and now I want to go make myself breakfast in bed. :)

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    Mary @ Bake Break — February 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Your posts always make me laugh! I’ll forage (buy) some blackberries in the woods (target) ASAP. These look delicious, and I could use one right now for breakfast… :)

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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — February 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I’m a total lemon/fruit dessert person, these look awesome Lauren!

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    Bev Weidner — February 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    CAAA-UTE.

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    Megan Pence — February 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    If this isn’t the very definition of cute and adorable, I don’t know what is!

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    From Valerie's Kitchen — February 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    These are adorable! Love the lighter, lemony dessert idea.

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    Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} — February 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Those are so darn pretty! What a beautiful dessert idea!

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    honeywhatscooking — February 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    this is so creative and such gorgeous presentation. wow.

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    natalie (the sweets life) — February 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    these are darling! i have been wanting to try eclairs some time and i have some blueberries on hand…hmm…

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    Lacey Wilcox — February 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    These are ADORABLE!! i love them…literally :)

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    Shirley — February 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    My god, that’s a thing of beauty. I’m crazy about chocolate, but it’s nice to have lighter, refreshing options too. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Cookin' Canuck — February 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Pate a choux pastry is always fun to play with and I love the heart-shaped puffs you made! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some diamonds for you. ;)

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    Krissy's Creations — February 14, 2012 at 2:54 am

    These are perfect for Valentines Day in SO many ways. I can’t wait to make Eclairs!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — February 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    These look perfect! Happy Valentines :D

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    These are so pretty! What a great idea, Lauren!

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    Natalie — February 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    These are adorable! I love that we were both in lemon-berry mode today :) Happy Valentine’s Day, Brennans!

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    Marilyn Brennan — February 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Charming and original. And beautiful. And tempting.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — February 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    These are adorable and look SO delicious! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — February 15, 2012 at 5:42 am

    I love blackberry and lemon – these are so perfect!

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    CouponClippingCook — February 15, 2012 at 6:35 am

    These are so cute and look soooo good. Love the combination of lemon and blackberries. just beautiful.

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    The Head Caterer — February 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    These look amazing, you could make these for your other half to show the love anytime. Very versatile too.

    http://www.laurenslatest.com/valentines-day-lemon-blackberry-eclairs/

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    Donna McCullough — February 13, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Can this be made a day or two in advance and can u use other berried fruits, such as blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries? Thanks

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    • Lauren — February 13th, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

      You can make the different elements a few days in advance! Just don’t assemble until you’re ready to serve.

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