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    Forget the Cronut mania or the cupcake revolution. This Parisian bonbon — light, airy and delightfully addictive, stages a comeback

    While Paris is seeing pop-art colours and novel flavours like popcorn and salted caramel this season, our patissiers are not far behind. The finger-shaped choux pastry comes in high-gloss versions which taste just as good.

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    XL@ Ecstasy

    Yet another masterpiece from the renowned kitchens of Mickaël Besse. These meticulously detailed couture éclairs see choux pastry studded with sinful Valrhona chocolate crémeux, available in a host of flavours like Tanariva and ivory with nuts or coffee. Delicately wrapped in a chocolate leaf that is all about the sheen — with edible metallic dust. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at Rs 2,500. Details: 43920444

     

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    Raspberry & Bell Pepper@ ITC Grand Chola

    An unlikely pairing of raspberries and red bell pepper create a gorgeous deep hued crémeux. The filling against the crunchy pastry case is a textural discovery, setting it apart from the classic éclairs. Perfected by executive pastry chef Guillame Bonnety. Pre-order at Rs 200 per portion. Details: 22200000

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    Orange & Stem Ginger@ Courtyard by Mariott

    Executive chef Sridhar Sigatapu’s favourite creation is an eclair that will keep you flavour guessing till your last bite! Tangy orange rind hobnobs with sweet stem ginger and dark chocolate cream, used as a filling. The topping of candied orange peels make for a pretty picture too. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at Rs 1,250. Details: 66764000

     

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    Choux Pastry Swans@ Hyatt Regency

    Chefs Anand and Gopi’s handiwork sees elegant swans baked to perfection. The filling, with creamy ricotta cheese, tangy caramelised orange rind and sweet glossy cherries are in a different league. Served with light vanilla cream, fresh raspberries and pistachios. Pre-order at Rs 200 per portion. Details: 61001234

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    Fresh Fruit@ The Westin

    Pastry chef Thangathambi Kannaiah presents an eclair loaded with vanilla pastry cream and topped with fresh fruit. The fruit slices are dusted with icing sugar for extra sheen. Chef Kannaiah informs us that the choux pastry can be done to a crispy finish if desired. Pre-order 12 hours earlier, at Rs 120 plus tax per piece. Details: 22553366

     

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    Frozen version@ The Park

    With its jumbo size and a crispy buttery profiterole case, chef Santhosh’s exquisite éclair is loaded with frozen homemade icecream stuffing of either custard apple or burnt milk and praline or decadent with Gianduja bitter chocolate. The topping, when slathered with melted white chocolate or roasted hazelnut nibs is a match made in heaven. Pre-order at Rs 1,800 onwards per kilo. Details: 42676000

     

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    Rum & Fig@ The Kuki Jar

    Popular home baker Kuki Ravindran’s éclair, with a filling of rum soaked figs folded in a thick vanilla bean, almond pastry cream, is guaranteed to win you over from the very first bite. The soft and light filling compliments the crisp choux puff along with its topping of luxurious Belgium chocolate and more figs. Also try her amuse bouche-inspired bite-sized savoury eclair of ham and cheese. A creamy béchamel sauce is spiked with ham, fragrant parsley and gouda cheese to create a thick and gooey filling, perfect as an appetiser. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at Rs 1,400. Details: 9841090592

     

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    Caramelised White Chocolate@ Sandy’s

    Sandesh Reddy simply sums up the taste as “soft, chewy and epic.” An unusual caramelised white chocolate ganache works wonderfully well along with a surprise infusion of black pepper. Taking a detour, the profiterole isn’t oblong but a cream round puff that ups the hip and fashionable quotient. Minimum pre-order of a dozen at `1,200. Details: 42134000

     

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    Tutti-fruity@ Park Hyatt

    French pâtissier Fabien Berteau puts his signature spin on these creamy winners. Passion fruit cream crowned with medallions of sweet fig, watermelon, strawberry and kiwi make perfect use of the soft choux, complete with a generous crunch of bitter dark chocolate glaze. Pre-order at Rs 80 a piece. Details: 71771234

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