Practice makes perfect in turning out perfect eclairs, and the team at Eclair at the Bay, as you’d expect from their name, have dedicated a lot of focused energy to producing the amazing products we love. ‘Éclair means lightning in French’, says Head Pastry Chef Pavel, who worked for several years in Michelin Star restaurants in London. There he learned that not only flashes of creativity, but also rigour and consistency are needed to bake desserts made from choux pastry. Pavel is Russian, and his partner Mary, is French; they’ve brought to our area European pastry of a quality that is difficult to find in Australia, outside of the big cities.
Their eclairs, but also tarts and cakes, are premium handmade and unique products, but they are also accessible – you can even talk to the bakers at the local markets (Byron, Bangalow, Pottsville) about their product… while you’re trying them!
If you’ve only ever tried a classic chocolate éclair I’d recommend trying one of their creations, perhaps you’d like to try the one filled with hazelnut praline inspired by the traditional Paris-Brest recipe? Or the lemon one topped with an Italian meringue? If you can’t choose, why not try their special box of mini eclairs, designed just for the indecisive, with seven different flavours.
The ingredients in the choux pastry used to make an éclair are very simple, but it’s extremely difficult to make this pastry well. The wonderful thing about eclairs is that, once you’ve mastered the pastry, there is scope to make all kinds of delicious fillings. And then comes the glaze – this is the elegant final touch, and when you open a tray of Eclair at the Bay eclairs, you can see the delicate and artistic touches.
This is a perfect show-stopper for an event like a birthday or a wedding (remember those?) – one of their great ideas is replacing the traditional wedding cake with a ‘pastry table’ of delicious bite-size jewels of pastry, like mini eclairs, profiteroles, individual tarts and loads of other mini delicious morsels.
Right now, you can find them at the markets, or you can pre-order from their website (to pick up, or they can deliver). Spoil yourself!
Order: eclairatthebay.com or [email protected]