I don’t know if eclair originated in Lancaster County or not, but to me it did!
As a kid, eclair was my favorite summer dessert. I could not wait to attend certain family get-togethers and reunions, because I knew this eclair dessert would be served!
Even today, it is still a favorite. I like to make it once a year, for our Memorial Day picnic (although sometimes I’ll make it for one other special occasion during the year too!)
Not only is it incredibly delicious, it is incredibly simple to make!
Oh how I love simplicity!
It consists of graham crackers, vanilla pudding and chocolate frosting, all layered together.
Yes, it is THAT simple!
However, my husband does keep bugging me to try adding some nutella in the middle. I do agree, that does sound quite delectable!
Many recipes for eclair, have you make your own chocolate frosting. This is an extra step that I usually skip, and just buy a tub of chocolate frosting instead. (I often get these FREE through local Giant gas deals—otherwise I’d probably make my own frosting.) I will be honest, if you make your own chocolate frosting, it will more than likely be easier to spread. It’s your choice!
When I’m making this with kids, their reward is they get to lick the bowls at the end. (This is the ONLY time I let them do this!) 😉
Start by layering the graham crackers.
Then whisk the pudding and milk together.
Do you like my purple silicone whisk? I think it adds happiness to my kitchen! Special thanks to my husband for this – it was part of a review he did for his blog and it came with these crazy cool sunny side up egg molds. Post coming on that soon!
Fold in the Cool Whip.
Layer on some pudding and then some more graham crackers.
This is where I have learned to spread the chocolate frosting (for the next layer) on the graham cracker first. Before I put the graham cracker on top of the pudding layer. I find it much easier to spread this way.
See what I mean! It is just too difficult to spread the frosting on the crackers once they are on the pudding. Technically, you usually don’t put chocolate frosting on this layer, but I like that extra chocolate flavor inside the dessert too – not just on top!
Spread another layer of pudding and crackers, then top off with more chocolate frosting to cover the entire dessert!
- 1 box graham crackers
- 2 small boxes vanilla pudding
- 3.5 cups milk
- 1 tub of cool whip
- 2 tubs chocolate frosting
- Whisk together the boxes of pudding mix with the milk.
- Fold in the cool whip.
- Layer graham crackers on bottom of greased 9x13 pan.
- Spread some of the pudding mixture on the crackers.
- Add another layer of crackers. (This is when I like to put a little chocolate frosting on the top of each cracker before I lay it down. Then I add a little frosting on top to smooth it all out and make a nice even layer of chocolate frosting.)
- Add another layer of pudding.
- Top with chocolate frosting. (Again I spread frosting on the crackers first.)
I love sharing my favorite recipes with you.
Eclair really is one of my favorite desserts, although rhubarb crunch makes a close second. If you are visiting Lancaster County – Shady Maple always has eclair on their dessert smorgasboard, so you can try some there! Yoders Restaurant does too.