Friday, April 1, 2016

Clara Dessert (aka Eclair Dessert)


I'm reposting this dessert because it has changed a little over the years and this is the way I always make it now. It's such a favorite and so tasty. It really does taste like an eclair casserole! My youngest thinks it's named after her because she thought I said it was "Clara Dessert" instead of eclair dessert, so we just call it Clara dessert now.:)

Clara Dessert (aka Eclair Dessert)

2 boxes honey graham crackers, will not use all
2, 3 oz packages instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
8 oz Cook Whip, thawed
1 tub chocolate frosting (or use homemade frosting recipe below)

Line the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with a single layer of graham crackers.

In a large bowl beat together the pudding mixes and the milk. Beat for 2 minutes. Stir in the Cook Whip. Spread half of the pudding mixture over the graham crackers in the baking dish. Top with another single layer of graham crackers. Pour remaining pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Top with another layer of graham crackers. Here you can either use a can of chocolate frosting or use the recipe below for homemade icing. If using store bought frosting: remove lid and foil from tub of frosting; microwave for 30 seconds. Stir heated frosting then pour evenly over the graham crackers on top. Spread evenly with a knife or offset spatula. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, though 8 hours is best. Cut into pieces and serve.

Homemade Chocolate Icing

1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick butter
1/4 cup milk

Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool a little before spreading over the eclair dessert.

4 comments:

Melissa said...

Have you ever tried to freeze this and use it later? Looking for Freezer meal options.

Jenni said...

I haven't ever tried freezing this. I wonder if it would work. I would worry that the pudding would turn runny when thawed, but you could always try.

Melissa said...

Just thought I'd let you know that this freezes BEAUTIFULLY!!! It didn't turn runny or change in any shape or texture. It's definitely on my freezer meal plan next time!
Melissa-Madison, WI

Jenni said...

Yay! I'm so happy to know it worked!