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Banana Cream Eclairs

To surprise my banana-loving family, I made this dessert for a reunion, where it stood out among the usual fare. These special treats are something to look at and mouthwateringly delicious. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • FILLING:
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 medium firm bananas
  • GLAZE:
  • 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 the 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, 1 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 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. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 323 calories, 25g fat (14g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Lillian
    Dec 30, 2018

    I thought the recipe was great! They taste and look amazing. But the recipe called for way more filling than you need. You can half the recipe for the filling and you'll get on just fine. I did not half the filling and now I have too much banana whipped cream than I know what to do with! The drizzle tastes nice. It may just be my oven, but I cooked it for 20 minutes instead of 25-30 and they came out good, but one of them was burnt sadly. Overall it was good, but HALF THE FILLING!

  • Paula
    Oct 3, 2006

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