A chocolate eclair is a quintessential French pastry. Eclairs, cream puffs, profiteroles and various other desserts are all made from choux dough, or pâte à choux in French. Butter, flour, eggs, and water or cream are cooked in a pot until thick. Using a pastry bag, the dough is piped onto a cookie sheet in the desired shape and baked until golden brown. The pastry is light and airy which makes it ideal for filling. In the case of the eclair, pastry cream and often whipped cream are piped into the center and the top is covered with chocolate. Eclairs are a decadent dessert that are sure to impress whoever lays eyes on them.