Eclairs with banana cream

Introducing Banana Custard Eclairs, a delicious twist on the traditional afternoon tea favorite. Treat yourself to the perfect combination of light and fluffy choux pastry filled with a smooth and creamy banana pudding filling.

These eclairs are the epitome of elegance and will impress your guests with their fruity notes. The delicious banana pudding adds a touch of sweetness to this sophisticated treat, making it an absolute must for any special occasion.

For an afternoon tea that’s both sophisticated and delicious, look no further than these divine Banana Custard Eclairs. Treat yourself and your loved ones to an unforgettable culinary experience.

Ingredients

  • Banana chips to decorate (optional)
  • edible gold spray or leaf to decorate (optional)
  • 200g white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 85g lightly salted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 100g plain flour
  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 100g golden powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp pudding powder
  • 300 ml milk
  • 150 ml double cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (we like this for the seeds, but can also use extract if you prefer)

Preparation steps

  1. Put the butter in a saucepan with 225 ml of water.
  2. Weigh the flour in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Bring butter and water to the boil quickly with a pinch of salt.
  4. Simmer until the butter has melted.
  5. Add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture is free of lumps.
  6. Pour the mixture into a bowl, spread it around the sides and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
  8. Cut 2 pieces of baking paper to fit 2 baking sheets.
  9. Mark 12 lines about 9cm long on each piece of parchment.
  10. Turn the parchment over.
  11. Fit a piping bag with a large round piping tip.
  12. Gradually add the egg to the cooled mixture, beating well between each addition.
  13. Fill the smooth dough into the piping bag.
  14. Use some of the mixture to adhere the parchment to the trays.
  15. Pipe the choux pastry onto the baking sheets, following the marked lines.
  16. Bake for 30 minutes or until dough is golden brown and puffed.
  17. Swap sheets for the last 5 minutes.
  18. Allow to cool completely.
  19. Make the banana pudding by combining bananas, sugar and lemon juice in a food processor.
  20. Pour into a pot and simmer until the mixture has thickened.
  21. Mix the pudding powder with a little milk to form a smooth paste.
  22. Add the remaining milk, cream and vanilla to the paste and mix well.
  23. Pour the custard mixture into the banana puree and cook until thick and smooth.
  24. Pour into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or until cold.
  25. Place banana chips on a parchment-lined tray.
  26. Spray with edible gold spray or cover with gold leaf.
  27. Divide each eclair down one side.
  28. Pour the vanilla pudding into a disposable piping bag and fill the eclairs.
  29. Melt chocolate in a bowl in the microwave.
  30. Dip the top of each eclair in the chocolate.
  31. Place a golden banana chip on each eclair and let set for 30 minutes.
  32. Serve within 3 hours.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

Before you start making the delicious banana pudding eclairs, make sure you have the following equipment and tools:

  • mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Pot
  • sheet
  • Piping bag with a large, smooth nozzle

Allergen information

The banana pudding eclairs recipe contains the following allergens:

  • milk
  • Eggs
  • Wheat flour)

Please note that this recipe may also contain traces of nuts and soy.

Storage and leftovers

Once you’ve enjoyed your delicious banana pudding eclairs, you can follow these storage guidelines:

  • Store the eclairs in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
  • For optimal freshness, consume within 2-3 days.

If you have leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator to extend their shelf life. Be sure to wrap them tightly or place them in a sealed container to prevent them from drying out.

Health Benefits of Banana Custard Eclairs

Banana pudding eclairs not only satisfy your sweet cravings but also offer several health benefits. This delicious dessert contains bananas that are full of essential nutrients that promote overall well-being. In addition, using white chocolate, butter and cream in moderation can enrich the taste without compromising the nutritional value. Let’s explore the health benefits of this delicious treat.

1. Rich in fiber

Bananas are an excellent source of fiber. A single ripe banana contains about 3 grams of fiber, which helps regulate digestion and prevent constipation. Including banana custard eclairs in your diet can contribute to a healthy digestive system.

2. Increase in vitamins and minerals

Bananas are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body to function optimally. They are a great source of potassium, which plays an important role in maintaining proper heart function and blood pressure. In addition, bananas also contain vitamin C, vitamin B6 and magnesium, which provides additional health benefits.

3. Energy-rich snack

The combination of bananas and custard filling in the eclairs provides a boost of energy when you need it most. Bananas are known for their high carbohydrate content, making them an ideal choice for re-energizing after a workout or during a long day.

4. Antioxidant properties

White chocolate, when consumed in moderation, may provide certain antioxidant benefits. Antioxidants help fight oxidative stress and reduce inflammation in the body. However, keep in mind that white chocolate still contains sugar and saturated fats. Therefore, it is important to enjoy them in moderation.

5. Enjoyment with portion control

While it’s important to eat a balanced diet, occasionally enjoying a sweet treat can be part of a healthy lifestyle. The portion control aspect of banana pudding eclairs ensures that you can satisfy your cravings without overdoing it, so you can enjoy the dessert guilt-free.

It’s important to remember that moderation is key when incorporating this dessert into a balanced diet. Pay attention to portion sizes and enjoy banana pudding eclairs as an occasional treat alongside a nutritious meal.

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