Monday, July 7, 2008

A Way To Make Your Day Sing!

Start off with these eclairs and I gurantee you the day will sing. I love eclairs. Period. I'll take them over cookies, cake, or even ice-cream. Simply put - I "love" them. We were in Bishop, CA (where we are from) a couple years ago and had some eclairs while there. They were absolutely *delicious*. My Dad, sister, and I raved about them. When my Dad had a bite of one, this was the response..."we don't need to go to Bishop anymore!" When you get a comment like that - that dessert has to be good.
"Banana Cream Eclairs"
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 medium firm bananas
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Directions: In a large saucepan, bring water, butter, sugar and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until dough is smooth and shiny. Insert a 3/4-in. round tip into a pastry bag; add dough. Pipe 3-in. strips about 3 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. Immediately split puffs open; remove tops and set aside. Discard soft dough from inside. Cool puffs. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, mash bananas; gently fold in whipped cream. Spoon into eclairs; replace tops. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, butter and vanilla. Add enough water to make a thin glaze. Spread over eclairs. Sprinkle with pecans. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.

Can you taste this thru the screen??


Neesie said...

Would you like to go into culinary arts one day? In other words-become a baker?

Barbara Bakes said...

You're getting fancy now! I love eclairs too!

caitlyn said...

Yup, they definitely look fancy! And super delicious, too!

OhioMom said...

WTG Priscilla ... the Eclairs look Excellent.

Good pics ..

Lucy said...

What a wonderful combination, they look so good. Yep, singing here! I just adore ├ęclairs & cream puffs & can easily bypass all else...Yummo!

Cooking and the City said...

Wow Priscilla these look great :-)

~Priscilla~ said...

Neesie - culinary arts sounds very exciting, i'd love to be a baker!

Barbara - i figure after 8 years of baking i should be doing something at least a little fancy!

Caitlyn - thank you so much!

OhioMom - thank you and thanks for the compliments on the pictures. i had to look up what wtg meant...found out it meant way to go!

Lucy - we were all singing after having them...okay maybe not the guys. yes, i will bypass everything elese for these!

Cooking and the city - thank you...we all loved them.

Rebekah C said...

yummy! These look delicious and I love eclairs!

Miss Joss said...

I can practically taste the delicious goodness of your eclairs. MMMMM!! :D "complete satisfaction" face. I'll have to make these sometime.

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Maria said...

Wow these Eclairs looks soo good!


Neesie said...

Would you mind if I used your little olympic symbol on your sidebar to put on mine?
I love it. :-)

Jaime said...

wow, i only recently made eclairs - can't believe you're not even 18 and already making them :P great job - they are drool worthy :)

~Priscilla~ said...

Rebekah - aren't they??

M.Joss - yes, i think you can taste them and i can see that satifaction face look! if you make them let me know how they go. okay??:)

Maria - the eclairs were really good. everyone loved them!

Neesie - nope...i don't mind!

Jaime - thank you for the compliment!

Miss Joss said...

Hi Priscilla,
I am going to surprise my mom with your eclairs on her birthday Saturday. Last year we went to Schatz's Bakery on our way up to Lake Tahoe, and then we went again on our way back. I love that place.

Ruth Elkin said...

I haven't had an eclair in a very long time but these are tempting me!!! They look fab!