Monday, October 4, 2010

From the Kitchen: Susie's Chocolate Eclair Dessert

This recipe traditionally comes out around July 4... my husband's Aunt Susie brings this to an annual gathering of family and friends that has been going on for over 50 years. I did say I was a little behind with the recipes, didn't I? It's so good... she never has leftovers. I was offered the recipe this summer... so, accordingly, I made and photographed this late in the summer. That day was destined for a power outage. We were having a Friday party, and this is the perfect dessert for a muggy day (though it requires at least an overnight stint in the fridge). That muggy day later turned stormy, and our dinner party ended up crammed into our basement for a good while until a break in the weather allowed our guests to flee home before kids' bedtimes. In the meantime, the dessert was forgotten, and the power was out for nearly 3 days... not ideal for eating refrigerated desserts. I was forced to take some dishes of this over to our neighbors to see that it got eaten. No one complained :)

Susie's Chocolate Eclair Dessert

Eclair Ingredients:

1 box graham crackers
2 boxes french vanilla instant pudding
3 c milk
1 regular-size tub Cool Whip (6 oz?)

Topping Ingredients:

2 envelopes Choco-bake
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp light Karo syrup
3 tbsp milk
1 1/2 c powdered sugar


Mix pudding and 3 c milk thoroughly. Fold in Cool Whip. In a 9x13 pan, line bottom with a layer of crackers.Spread half the pudding mixture over. Make another layer of crackers, spread the rest of the pudding, and top with a final layer of crackers. For the topping, melt together all the topping ingredients in a small saucepan, being careful not to burn it and removing all lumps. Remove from heat. While topping is still hot, use 1/2 of topping at a time and spread it over the top layer of crackers. It hardens quickly, so work fast! Cover and refrigerate at least overnight, ideally for 24 hours before serving. If there are leftovers (ha!), keep them refrigerated. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Betsy said...

This was also discovered by us at a family reunion. Heidi had it for her birthday for years after, as I recall...there really is nothing like it (although I think we "cheat" and use canned chocolate frosting in our version). Thanks for sharing the recipe; the world will now be a happier place!