heavy cream, cold
semisweet chocolate, good quality
- pour cream and vanilla in a bowl of electric mixer. beat until firm. add icing sugar and beat another 30 seconds, but no longer. set aside in refrigerator.
- place chocolate in stainless steel bowl. set over saucepan half-filled with hot water. check that bowl does not touch water. melt over very low heat.
- when melted, thin chocolate with 1 tbsp cold water. dip tops of eclairs in warm chocolate. if preferred, spread chocolate with spatula.
- when chocolate on tops of eclair has set, carefully slice shells open using knife with serrated blade. fill with whipped cream and serve.