The long, thin individual cake of choux pastry filled with cream and topped with chocolate icing has been stealing hearts ever since 1800's. Éclair is the French word for lightning. Named so, because it can be eaten in a flash! Many food historians believe that éclairs were first made by Marie-Antoine Carême, a famous pastry chef during the 19th century.
Marie is known as one of the first to practice grande cuisine. This high-art form of cooking is elaborate and highly involved, quickly elevating him to celebrity chef status. He went on to start his own pastry shop, and later moved to London to cook for George IV.Marie Antonin Carême married his love of food and architecture by creating beautiful structural desserts such as the Charlotte and Napoleon cake. He is believed to be the creator of the French eclair.
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