Thelma’s Chocolate Eclair
Total TimePrep: 20 min. + chilling
I made this today and made it three layers but using the same ingredients. This is always a big hit at potlucks! I realized I had never made it for my husband, so today was the day. When I plan ahead, I use a tub of chocolate frosting melted in the microwave for the top layer. Today was spur of the moment, so no tub of frosting in the pantry. I know hubby will love it - it is in the refrigerator, and I hope he can wait a few more hours.
I make this but microwave a tub of chocolate fudge frosting and pour over the top instead of from scratch. Easy and delicious!
I have been making this since the 60's. Mine has 3 layers. The grands favorite dessert. I also use French vanilla pudding.
I made this because I was looking for a simple recipe with simple ingredients that I didn’t have to cook. I made 2 batches both tasted amazing. The ONLY things I changed was the suggestion about using French vanilla pudding instead of regular vanilla (good idea), and I used Truwhip instead of cool whip, because there is no high fructose. That being said any changes to this recipe should include how much sugar used or if they used a different kind of milk or used almond instead of vanilla, Different pudding flavors etc. Not those negative comments about using puff pastry, when you use puff pastry or custard you are making something different entirely and not this SIMPLE yet delicious recipe.
I have made this twice now, changing nothing and it is fantastic. I gave half to our nephew, asked hi the following day if he tried them them. His reply was "they're gone". It took my husband and me a bit longer to finish the balance of the pan and when gone, it was a definite remake.
Like Donna I use French vanilla pudding and do three layers. I also line the side with graham crackers. My topping is blending together 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1/2 cup cocoa. Add 3 tbs softened butter and 1/3 cup milk. Mix well. Add 2 tsp light corn syrup and 2 tsp vanilla. Stir unti creamy. To Joseph, I think of this more as an eclair 'cake' that tastes like an eclair, I never thought of it as a replacement for eclairs. Also, since I eat this with a spoon, for me, it's less messy than an eclair that I eat with my hand.
I made per the recipe changing nothing and the texture is horrible and gritty with the graham crackers. Making a "real" Chocolate Eclair isn't that difficult. "I love eclairs, but making the actual pastry is difficult. " puff pastry dough (shue ) is one of the easiest doughs to make. Why cut corners to make something that IMO is not really that good?
I've been making this for years. Got from an old church cookbook probably from the 60s. I do switch out the pudding for the french vanilla one. and I make it in two batches so I don't have uneven layers. And I also do three layers of crackers. Crackers, pudding mixture, crackers, pudding mixture, crackers then (not from the old recipe) I use a can of chocolate frosting melted and poured on top. Just made the last week for the grandkids. They love it.
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I've been looking for something like this, something without cream cheese in it.