Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ellen's Eclair Ring

My sister Ellen made this for us over the holidays using the recipe of a family friend.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 3-oz packages instant French vanilla pudding
  • 1 9-oz Cool Whip
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2.5 cups milk
  • 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate (melted)
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 t vanilla

  1. Make dough-- heat butter and water to rolling boil. Stir in flour at once over low heat. Beat until ball is formed, and take off heat. Beat in eggs one at a time with mixer. Spoon onto a cool pizza pan to form circular shape with a hole in the middle. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Cool away from drafts.
  2. When cool, split horizontally and fill with filling. Place top layer on filling and spread with topping.

Notes: This is an impressive dessert for parties, and it isn't too hard to make. (Easy for me to say... I didn't make it this time!)

I'd love to figure out a way to make a vanilla custard filling that doesn't use pudding mix or Cool Whip. I'll be working on it, but if you figure it out, let me know!

Ellen and I were also discussing adding fresh raspberries to the filling, which would be a nice addition.

Tim's Rating: 9.75/10
Liz's Rating: 9.5/10

Monday, December 28, 2009

Ellen's Artichoke Puffs

My sister Ellen made these over the holidays using our aunt's recipe.

  • 1 lb. package of puff pastry sheets
  • 2 cans artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop artichoke hearts, add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 15-20 squares. Press puff pastry squares into mini muffin tins that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Fill 3/4 full with artichoke filling.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown

These can be prepared ahead of time and frozen! Freeze in the mini muffin tins, then pop puffs out into a large plastic bag. You can place the frozen puffs into mini muffin pans and bake from frozen, adding 5 minutes to baking time.

Liz's Rating: 8.5/10
Tim's Rating: 9/10