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Dessert recipes like Eclair Cake

ttoommyy Apr 2, 2014 11:22 AM

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. TorontoJo RE: ttoommyy Apr 2, 2014 11:53 AM

    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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      HeyImBack RE: TorontoJo Apr 2, 2014 12:16 PM

      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.

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        TorontoJo RE: HeyImBack Apr 2, 2014 02:05 PM

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

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          ttoommyy RE: HeyImBack Apr 2, 2014 05:19 PM

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

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          ttoommyy RE: TorontoJo Apr 2, 2014 12:17 PM

          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. JungMann RE: ttoommyy Apr 2, 2014 01:44 PM

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

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            chowser RE: JungMann Apr 2, 2014 02:50 PM

            I was thinking that or a trifle.

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              ttoommyy RE: JungMann Apr 2, 2014 05:20 PM

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

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              laliz RE: ttoommyy Apr 2, 2014 02:34 PM

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

              1. Savour RE: ttoommyy Apr 2, 2014 03:07 PM

                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.
                http://savour-fare.com/2013/06/11/lem...

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                  ttoommyy RE: Savour Apr 2, 2014 05:23 PM

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

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