Need help with choux pastry please! My eclairs are falling .......and can't get up?

I am attempting eclairs! I have always had luck with creme puffs but for some reason my eclairs either don't rise or end up falling. I use the same batter for a puff and it's fine. Help please!!

  • Posted by: Jbird
  • July 15, 2020
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Lori T. July 16, 2020
You problem could lie in a couple places. Cream puffs and profiteroles are a bit more forgiving of things than eclairs are, which could be why the same dough is producing different outcomes. If you cook too much of the water out, there isn't as much left to produce steam in the oven. Round shapes and smaller size makes this a bit easier for puffs to tolerate and overcome. But not the eclairs- which have more area to need to puff and hold up. It's also possible your eclairs simply needed a tad bit more time in the oven, to set the sides firmly. Again, a rounded shape is a bit more tolerant- circles and spheres are more stable geometric shapes for re-apportioning stress than a rectangular or square shape. So your slightly under baked puffs will be better able to stay standing than your eclairs. From the photo, I'd say that might be the problem. They could probably have used another minute or two in the baking.
Jbird July 16, 2020
thanks! I am going to try adding some steam to the oven and see how it goes. I have waited and overcooked them so i'm not sure not being cooked is the problem and addmitedly i open the oven at least once because of the timing to get second batch in. Makes sense if eclairs are more fragile
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