Food historians speculate that eclairs originated in France near the turn of the 19th century. It is widely believed they were invented by Marie-Antoine Carême, a pastry chef for French royalty. The first known recipe for this pastry appeared in “The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book“ in 1884.
When considering ideas for eclairs on your own menu, think about both the look and taste. Bright colors, either from fruit or food coloring, will entice customers to purchase and share the treat on social media. Customers also are drawn to both mini- and giant-sized items. Imagine their delight when they see a giant chocolate eclair on display!
Need inspiration? Start with what’s in season. For example, pears are popular from late summer through winter, making them perfect for colder months. In late spring and summer, use fresh berries like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. You can even use exotic berries such as salmonberries, marionberries, elderberries and more!
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