Friday, December 30, 2011

chocolate eclair dessert

This is a dessert recipe that my friend Ruth used to make when she hosted WACAMOA and PIM events.  I've always wanted to make this recipe but never got around to it due to a few bad swans.  You see, I learned how to make pate a choux (fancy name for cream puffs) in college and enjoyed making something so fancy...that is until one day my beautiful pate a choux swans didn't work out.  My heart was crushed and I never made them again.  That sounds pretty pitiful.  Anyway, I rolled up my sleeves this afternoon and decided not to fret.  This dessert turned out to be a big hit.

chocolate eclair dessert (my friend Ruth D.)
1 stick butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup flour
4 eggs
2 small packages instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounce container Cool Whip

Bring to boil water, butter and salt.  Remove from heat, cool slightly and add the flour.  Stir well with a wire whisk.  Add the eggs 1 at a time stirring well between.  Spread the mixture onto a large greased baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  It bakes up puffy and lumpy.  Mix the pudding with 3 cups milk, add the cream cheese and beat well.   Spread the pudding onto the cooled crust.  Top with Cool Whip.  Drizzle with chocolate syrup and nuts.

What I have to say- I cooked my pastry on two half-size baking sheets because my refrigerator is not wide enough to store a full size baking sheet...just something to keep in mind.  Makes a ton!


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  2. Looks and sounds awfully good!!!!!!!! But isn't this a recipe for what
    my favorite aunt used to call, "Lush"? You can also make it with crushed graham crackers or crushed chocolate refrigerator cookies for the crust layer. Yum any way you fork it!