Banana Chocolate Beignets

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Guest chef Norman Love makes this recipe for rich Banana Chocolate Beignets for Julia Child on her classic cooking show "Baking with Julia".

Yield: 10 Servings

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Ingredients

  • For the Beignets:
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • For the Pastry Cream:
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Butter for glossing
  • For the Bananas:
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 teaspoon cold water for egg wash
  • For the Cream:
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour for kneading
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts finely ground
  • 1 tablespoon walnut oil (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • To Fry and Serve:
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Melted semisweet chocolate (optional)
  • Fresh berries (optional)

Directions

  1. The Beignet Dough: Put milk, water, butter, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt into a 2-quart saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently until the butter melts.
  2. Follow cooking directions below for preparing choux paste.
  3. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Keeping one half the dough in the refrigerator, turn the rest out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in flour a few tablespoons at a time; enough to make the dough easy to roll (about 1/3 cup). It will still be slightly sticky.
  4. Wrap and chill before rolling it out. Repeat with the remaining dough. Line 2 baking pans with parchment.
  5. On floured surface, lightly roll dough 1/16 to 1/8 inch thick. Cut eighteen 4-inch circles (gather and re-roll the scraps until you have enough).
  6. Put circles on baking pans, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour.
  7. Repeat with remaining dough.

Choux Paste

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Norman Love made this recipe for choux paste as the filling for his chocolate-cinnamon beignets on Julia Child's classic show "Baking with Julia."

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 7 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 teaspoon cold water for egg wash

Directions

  1. Put milk, water, butter, sugar, and salt into a 2-quart saucepan and bring to a full boil, stirring frequently until the butter melts.
  2. Stir while adding the flour all at once. Stir without stopping until the flour is thoroughly incorporated. Cook and stir until the dough balls up and a light crust is visible on the bottom of the pan. Scrape dough into a bowl.
  3. Immediately beat in five eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon to incorporate each one. After the fifth egg, lift the spoon. If it pulls up some of the choux paste that detaches and forms a slowly bending peak, do not add the last egg.
  4. The dough is now ready to be used in any recipe calling for choux paste. In fact, it must be used now, while it is still warm.

Yield: Makes enough dough for about 60 small puffs or eclairs