I thought it was about time I shared with you my favorite dessert to make. . . I am not kidding. . . it truly is my favorite! I could eat it and eat it and eat it! It is so simple and inexpensive to make, I wonder why I don't make it more. . . oh wait . . . I can't eat it all! So, today, I present to you
(drum roll please?)
the Eclair Torte . . .
Doesn't it look delicious? Like, as you are staring at it you want to go grab your fork and take a bite. . . and then you remember that it is just a picture posted on a random blog showing up on your computer screen. It really is good, trust me!
I found this recipe in my mom's Quick Cooking Annual Edition (1999) and have been making it since. . . So, over 10 years now . . . and the recipe is still one of my favorites (Mom, if you are reading this. . . you really need to comment on how delicious it really is).
Here's what it looks like in the 13x9inch pan. . . scrumptious, huh?
So, here's the recipe. . . go make it . . . now! (or have some friends over so you can gab and eat. . . it's not that bad for you. . . really!)
1 cup water1/2 cup butter (do not substitute)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup flour
1 (8oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 (3.4z) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk, cold
1 (12oz) carton whipped topping, thawed
In a saucepan over medium heat, bring water, butter and salt to a boil. Add the flour and stir until until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each one. Beat until smooth. Spread into a greased 13x9 baking dish. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool completely. (You may remove the puff and place it on a serving platter). In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, pudding mix and milk until smooth. Spread over the puff and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Spread the thawed whipped topping over the pudding mix and refrigerate. Drizzle with the chocolate syrup just before serving.
I will note this though, It is best eaten on the day of. . . still pretty good the second day, but the absolute best the day of.