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Banana Shaped Eclairs

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Don’t miss out on these delectably soft and fluffy Banana Shaped Eclairs! They’re ideal for satisfying your sweet tooth. Pair them with your preferred hot beverage for a delightful treat.

Here’s some background and history on éclairs:

Éclairs are a classic French pastry known for their elegant appearance and delicious taste. These oblong-shaped pastries are made from choux pastry, filled with cream or custard, and topped with icing.

Choux Pastry:

The base of éclairs is choux pastry (pâte à choux), which is a versatile dough known for its light and airy texture. Choux pastry is made by combining butter, water, flour, and eggs, and it puffs up during baking, creating a hollow interior.

Origin in France:

The éclair is believed to have originated in France during the 19th century. The word “éclair” means “lightning” in French, possibly referring to the quick and easy preparation of choux pastry.

Antoine Carême:

Antoine Carême, a renowned French chef and culinary artist of the 19th century, is often credited with popularizing and refining choux pastry. His contributions to French pastry and cuisine had a significant impact on the development of éclairs.

Evolution of Fillings:

Initially, éclairs were filled with pastry cream or custard. Over time, variations in fillings emerged, including flavored creams, mousses, and sometimes fruit fillings.

Icing and Glaze:

Éclairs are typically finished with glossy chocolate icing on top, adding both flavor and a visually appealing finish. White or colored fondant glazes are also used for decoration.

Pâtisserie and Cultural Impact:

Éclairs quickly became a popular item in French pâtisseries and bakeries, symbolizing the refined artistry of French pastry chefs.

Their popularity soon spread beyond France, and today, éclairs are enjoyed worldwide. They are a staple in many pastry shops and dessert menus globally.

Flavor Innovations:

While chocolate remains a classic choice for the icing, modern variations include different flavors such as coffee, caramel, fruit glazes, and more. This reflects the evolving nature of pastry and the creativity of contemporary pastry chefs.

Miniature and Giant Éclairs:

Besides the traditional size, there are variations of miniature éclairs and oversized éclairs, catering to different preferences and occasions.

Éclair Day:

In France, January 2nd is celebrated as National Cream Puff Day, recognizing choux pastries, including éclairs. It’s a day for pastry enthusiasts to enjoy and appreciate these delightful treats.

Éclairs remain a symbol of French pastry craftsmanship, and their popularity endures as they continue to be a delectable and visually pleasing treat enjoyed by people of all ages around the world.

Serve these Banana Shaped Eclairs with whipped cream and royal icing as topping!

Deliciously Curved, Our Banana Shaped Eclairs are a Sweet Surprise
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Banana Shaped Eclairs

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Get ready to go bananas for these new Banana Shaped Eclairs.  These deliciously creamy treats are the perfect blend of sweet and tangy, guaranteed to make your taste buds dance. Grab your apron, run, run to the kitchen, and bake up a batch of pure bliss.  

  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 28 minutes
  • Total Time: 53 minutes
  • Yield: 50 depending on size 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Moderate
  • Cuisine: France

Ingredients

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Eclairs

Royal icing:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp water
  • A drop or two yellow liquid food coloring

Filling

  • 250 ml whipped cream

Instructions

Eclairs

  1. Allow water, butter & vanilla essence to boil in a saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat, add the cake flour and castor sugar, and mix well.
  3. Carry on mixing over very low heat until the paste forms a ball and the sides of the saucepan are clean.
  4. Place the ball in a mixing bowl and allow it to cool.
  5. Once cool beat in the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition.
  6. Pipe or spoon the mixture onto a greased baking tray and bake in a preheated Thermofan oven at 200°C/ 392°F for 15 minutes.
  7. Lower oven temp to 180°C/356°F and bake further 13 min OR until golden brown.
  8. I used a big star nozzle and pipe in a banana curve.
  9. Serve with whipped cream and with royal icing as topping.

Royal icing

  1. Whip the egg white till its stiff peak.
  2. Fold in the sieved icing sugar.
  3. Add water and a little yellow liquid coloring.
  4. Mix well and pipe straight over eclairs.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 93
  • Sugar: 5.5 g
  • Sodium: 44.7 mg
  • Fat: 5.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 1.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 37.7 mg

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