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These delectable eclairs will make any heart sing! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any other day when you want to treat your loved one to something special and sweet.


  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 tsps vanilla essence
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 2 tbsps cornflour
  • 10 g unsalted butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsps boiling water
  • Few drops pink food colouring
  • 12 sponge finger biscuits, halved horizontally
  • ¼ cup strawberry jam
  • 250 g strawberries, sliced
  • Chopped pistachios, to serve

In a small saucepan, heat milk on medium until just below boiling. In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk essence, yolks, caster sugar and cornflour until pale and creamy. Gradually add hot milk in a thin, steady stream, whisking to combine. Return mixture to saucepan. Whisk on low until custard boils and thickens. Stir in butter. Transfer custard to a heatproof bowl. Chill until cold.


Meanwhile, in a small heatproof bowl, combine icing sugar and boiling water. Place bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water (do not let base of bowl touch water). Stir until icing is smooth. Tint icing with pink food colouring. Remove from heat.


Spread icing onto top halves of biscuits. Set aside. Transfer custard mixture to a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle. Spread bases of biscuits with jam and pipe over custard. Top with strawberries and biscuit tops. Serve with pistachios.

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