Pistachio Cream-Filled Eclairs and Cream Puffs

These light pastries are filled with a terrific pistachio-studded pastry cream and topped with a creamy glaze. Slideshow: Beautiful Desserts 

Pistachio Cream-Filled Eclairs
Photo: © Erin Kunkel
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
12 mini eclairs and 20 cream puffs



  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup finely roasted, salted, chopped pistachios


  • 1 large egg white

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1/2 teaspoon rosewater


make the pastry

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° and position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, water, butter, sugar and salt and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the flour all at once and stir until incorporated. Cook the choux pastry over moderately low heat, stirring vigorously, until the dough comes together in a cohesive mass, about 2 minutes.

  2. Scrape the dough into a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle. At medium speed, beat in 1 egg until fully incorporated. Beat in the remaining eggs, 1 at a time.

  3. Scrape half of the dough into a large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip. Pipe 20 mounds, about 1 1/4 inches wide, onto 1 of the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. With lightly moistened fingers, press down any peaks. Fill the pastry bag with the remaining dough and pipe twelve 5-by-3/4-inch eclairs onto the second sheet. Bake the puffs and eclairs for about 25 minutes, until golden and risen, shifting the pans from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Let cool completely on the pans. Using a sharp knife, poke holes in the sides of the pastries for filling.

meanwhile, make the filling

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk just until small bubbles appear around the edge. Add the vanilla bean, cover and let stand off the heat for 10 minutes. Discard the vanilla bean.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with the granulated sugar and cornstarch. Gradually whisk in the warm milk. Transfer the mixture to the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, whisking vigorously, until very thick, smooth and shiny, 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape into a bowl and let cool slightly. Whisk in the butter. Press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pastry cream and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

  3. In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream until firm peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the pastry cream along with the pistachios. Transfer half to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch plain tip. Poke the tip into the eclairs and puffs and fill them with pastry cream. Return them to the baking sheets.

make the glaze

  1. In a medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat all of the ingredients together until a thick, pourable glaze forms. Dip the tops of the puffs and eclairs in the glaze and return to the sheets to set, about 10 minutes.

Make Ahead

The filled and glazed eclairs and cream puffs can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 8 hours.

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