These tiny pastries laced with tart lemon cream make a nice treat at a dinner party. Meyer lemons are delicious but sweet, so we added real lemons to the éclair filling for a good acid bite.
What to buy: If you can’t find Meyer lemons, you can use regular lemons.
Game plan: You can make the Meyer lemon filling as early as 5 days ahead, but be sure to keep it in a tightly sealed container to avoid picking up refrigerator smells. The éclairs are best freshly assembled.
This recipe was featured as part of our Cooking with Winter Ingredients photo gallery.
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Beverage pairing: Schramsberg Crémant Demi-Sec, California. A good demi-sec sparkler is a combination of wonderful opposites: creamy mouthfeel and prickly bubbles; toasty/yeasty aromas and citrusy bite. All of these make it a perfect pair with the éclairs and their light, flaky crust and sharp, lemony cream.