How To Store Eclairs
The best way to store eclairs is to keep the filling and the shells separately. The problem with storing filled eclairs is that the moisture from the filling can soak into the shell, leaving it soggy.
- 1 portion eclair shells
- 1 portion eclair filling
How to store eclair shells
Eclair shells can be baked in advance and then kept at room temperature or in the freezer.
The shells will last 1-2 days at room temperature and up to 6 weeks in the freezer.
To store your eclair shells at room temperature, wait for the shells to cool completely before storing them. Any condensation will ruin the pastry’s texture.
Cut open the shells and remove any soggy bits of pastry from the inside.
Place the shells in an air-tight container lined with paper towels. The paper towel will absorb any moisture that makes its way into the container.
Minimize air contact with the shells by choosing a small container or wrapping the shells loosely in wax paper. If the shells are exposed to lots of air you risk them drying out.
How to store eclair filling (pastry cream)
Traditionally eclairs are filled with pastry cream (cream patisserie). Pastry cream is made with dairy and therefore needs to be refrigerated.
To store eclair filling, place the pastry cream in a bowl or other airtight container and then cover the surface with a layer of plastic wrap. This will prevent any skin from forming on the cream.
Place the filling in the refrigerator. You can store pastry cream in the refrigerator for up to 3 days without it going bad.
How to Store Filled Eclairs
Eclairs are best eaten within a few hours of being filled. Normally, I would fill them a maximum of 4 hours before I’m going to serve them due to the risk of them going soggy.
Place the eclairs in an airtight container.
Separate the layers with wax paper to stop them from sticking together.
The eclairs will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Be warned, filled eclairs will go a bit soggy but are still perfectly edible.