i just wish the weather would make up it's mind. first a tornado from hell, followed quickly by 75 and sunny, and today it was 50 degrees and rainy. when you live in a place like texas, (more specifically waco), you have to just learn to roll with the punches. and on rainy days like this, i try and keep myself somewhat occupied. today, it was with eclair cake.
my mom has been making this "cake" for as long as i can remember (note: it's not really a cake...) and i loved it so much that i decided to make it today for my end-of-the-semester studio party. it's kind of rustic and ugly, but deceptively delicious and more importantly, really simple to make.
3 boxes of instant french vanilla pudding
1 box of graham crackers
1 8 oz. tub of cool whip (or make your own whipping cream)
1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons of butter
3 cups of milk, then 3 more tablespoons for chocolate topping
1/2 cup of light cairo syrup
3/4 cup of confectioners sugar
mix up the french vanilla pudding with 3 cups of milk (don't worry--it's supposed to be really thick) and let it set in the fridge for about 2 minutes.
add in 8 oz. of cool whip and fold together.
heat (over medium-low heat in a small pot) the chocolate chips, butter, 3 tablespoons of milk, sugar, and cairo syrup until it has all melted together and has a thin-ganache-y consistency. don't worry, it's supposed to be really thin. you can sweeten to taste, but don't make it too sweet, the rest of the cake is sweet enough.
layer the "cake" thusly in a 9'' by 13'' glass or metal pan: graham cracker layer, 1/2 of pudding mixture, graham cracker layer, other 1/2 of pudding mixture, and a final graham cracker layer before topping it all off with a thin layer of the chocolate yumminess.
refrigerate until it's time to eat! it can be served immediately, but i prefer my graham crackers a little on the soft side.
like i said, rustic, but one of my all-time favorite desserts. *secret tip* in order to keep the bottom layer of graham crackers from flopping around in the bottom of the pan when you are trying to layer the pudding on top, try putting a little whipped cream or pudding mixture on the very bottom before you put in your first layer of crackers. it will keep them in place, as i learned today from a bit of trial and error.
if you're lucky, you get to share this eclair cake with some fun people like i got to this evening at the studio party. when we all get together, it is chaotic to say the least, but we always have a lot of fun.
|kaylie and edgar.|
|om nom and lonnie.|
|lauren and richard. she was extra ridiculous tonight.|
but that's the way we like her. :)
|umstead NEVER likes being in pictures. we talked him |
into this one. this is just all of us in our element.
so, this rainy day wasn't so bad after all. i'll let you know if texas ever settles on a weather choice...it will probably be sometime in july when it hits 100+ and won't let off until late september. ahhh...waco...