I don't think I've ever met anyone who doesn't love a chocolate eclair! They are actually way easier to make than they look and always please for a special treat.
1 cup plain flour, sifted
4 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line two baking trays with baking paper.
Put the butter in a pan with 1 cup water. Stir over low heat until melted. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and add all the flour.
Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Return to the heat and beat for 2 minutes or until the mixture forms a ball and leaves the side of the pan.
Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Cool for 5 minutes.
Add the egg, a little at a time, beating well between each addition, until thick and glossy - a wooden spoon should stand upright.
Spoon mixture into a piping bag with a 1.2cm plain nozzle (I use a snap-lock bag with the corner cut off...much easier for clean up!)
Pipe 6cm lengths of batter on the trays. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 180 degrees Celsius and cook for 10 minutes, or until golden and puffed.
Poke a hole into one side of each eclair and remove the soft dough from inside with a teaspoon. (If I'm being lazy, I don't do this...they still taste okay, are just soft inside rather than crispy.) Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Fill each eclair with whipped cream and ice with chocolate icing.