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Apr 2, 2014 11:22 AM

Dessert recipes like Eclair Cake

Cook's Country did their take on the traditional Eclair Cake, in which you layer graham crackers, Cool Whip and instant vanilla pudding in a casserole dish, cover with some kind of store-bought chocolate topping and chill overnight. In their version, the pudding was homemade as was the whipped cream. The chocolate topping is a ganache. This recipe is incredibly delicious.
I was wondering if anyone out there has any similar kind of dessert they make, preferably from scratch. I love the idea of it being self-contained in one dish. I have been tasked with making a dessert for Easter and I have to travel an hour by car. Something like what i described is easy to transport and feeds a considerable number of people. Thanks!

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  1. I made a version of Southern-style banana pudding a couple years ago that went over well at Thanksgiving. Standard versions call for Nilla Wafers, bananas, instant vanilla pudding and Cool Whip or whipped cream. I used Pepperidge Farm Chess cookies (any shortbread-style cookie would do, including homemade), made my own bourbon vanilla custard and made a whipped cream with mascarpone cheese. Topped with crumbled cookies. Gotta say, it was pretty damn tasty.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      That sounds a lot like Paula Deen's "not yo mama's banana pudding," which uses the PF Chessman cookies. It's a great recipe and everyone loves it.

      1. re: HeyImBack

        Yes, thank you! I honestly was trying to remember who I got the inspiration from and it was Paula Deen!

        1. re: HeyImBack

          Paula's recipe does not have homemade custard or whipped cream though.

        2. re: TorontoJo

          That sounds delicious! I have made the "traditional" banana pudding and used Chess cookies, but the bourbon vanilla custard and whipped cream with mascarpone cheese sound like perfect improvements. Thanks!

        3. Have you considered a classic tiramisu? The zabaglione is no more difficult than making homemade pudding.

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          1. re: JungMann

            I was thinking that or a trifle.

            1. re: JungMann

              I'm not a fan of tiramisu. I did think of a trifle though. Thanks for the suggestions.

            2. I have tried several over the years. I suggest googling "icebox cake" lots of ideas.

              1. Google "Icebox cake" - the Eclair cake is a variation.

                This one gets rave reviews every time I make it, and is a little lighter. You can make your own lemon curd, but I've found that storebought actually works pretty well, and there's no instant pudding in sight.

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                1. re: Savour

                  That sounds tasty. Thanks.
                  Yes, icebox cake. Forgot about that term. I will do a search.