Having spent most of the times in lockdown watching TV lazily at home (mostly food programs lol! 😂), I have been missing being able to go outside to visit different foodie places and sample great food. 😞 One of my favourite cuisines is Japanese cuisine, and I have been trying to create a little bit of the magic at home. 😋 Though that mostly equates to making big pots of miso soups, today I have tried to create a savoury Japanese fusion bake! 😉❤️
These savoury eclairs are based on some savoury choux bites I have done a while ago (See link here👉 https://tangosbaking.home.blog/2019/07/31/fusion-confusion-🤔/), and they are infused with sushi nori (roasted seaweed) and filled with tuna mayo. I gulped down the whole thing in minutes! They were so delicious! 😋😋 But maybe I am biased? 😛
Nori Eclairs with Tuna Mayo
Quantity: 4 Eclairs
For the choux pastry:
25g unsalted butter
33g strong white flour
1 egg, beaten
½ large sheet of sushi nori
For the filling:
1 small, canned tuna
2 tbsp mayonnaise, to taste
A pinch of salt, to taste
A pinch of black pepper, to taste
1. Place the butter in the water in a saucepan. Heat until the butter has completely melted and the water is boiling.
2. Keep the saucepan over heat and tip in the flour in one go. Beat vigorously until a smooth dough is formed. Remove it from heat.
3. Add the beaten eggs a bit at a time, stirring vigorously after each addition, until you have a smooth, soft batter. Take care as you may not need all of the egg. The batter must not be too stiff or too runny. You can check if you have the right consistency by lifting a bit of the batter up with a spoon, and it should just hang off it, holding a V-shape.
4. Cut up the nori finely. Add the nori to the choux batter and mix until well-combined.
5. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas 6.
6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Sprinkle droplets of water over it. Pipe the choux batter into 4 straight lines of equal lengths, leaving enough room between them for them to rise.
7. Bake the eclairs for about 30 minutes, or until they are golden and fully cooked inside. (Reduce the oven temperature if they start to brown too quickly.) As soon as they are taken out to cool, use a sharp knife to slice them across in halves. Cool the eclairs on a wire rack. (You may return them to the oven for a few more minutes to dry them out more if you need to.)
8. While the eclairs are baking, prepare the filling by mixing the canned tuna with mayonnaise, and seasoned with salt and black pepper to your taste.
9. Once the ecalairs are cooled, fill them with the tuna mayo before serving.
Would you like to give it a try? 😉