Today the kids and I made it for tomorrow night's dinner (yes, it is one of those recipes that does well with a good rest) so I thought I'd post the recipe and a few pictures. Now, be warned, I'm not posting here with a view to food-porn, I'm posting recipes made in my own kitchen and photographed with my Samsung Galaxy 3 camera. They're not high-gloss or high-tech. They're more like a story your mama would tell you, wholesome, true and unfiltered.
So, here it is, my Australian Eclair Cake.
12 Savoiardi Sponge Fingers cut in half along the join (I use the really big ones)
1 packet vanilla instant pudding
500 ml skim milk
2 tubs vanilla Fruche
3 Tbs Meadow Lea Light Spread
3 Tbs cocoa
3 Tbs skim milk
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup white choc melts
1 cup milk choc melts
1. Sprinkle pudding mix over milk and beat for 1 minute. Transfer to fridge and allow to cool for 14 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, layer a square casserole dish or cake tin with one third of the sponge fingers.
|We're having my sons over for dinner tomorrow night, so I've doubled the recipe. They'll thank me later.|
|Second layer of biscuits on top of pudding layer|
|Depth shot. I think I might need a deeper dish in future.|
3. Once the pudding has set, remove from fridge and mix in both packets of Fruche.
4. Spread half the pudding and Fruche mix over the sponge fingers.
5. Add another layer of sponge fingers (should be another third)
|Frosting layer. The frosting is somewhat runny, but this is a good thing as it soaks into the various components of the cake.|
7. Add rest of sponge fingers.
8. In a separate bowl, slightly warm the margarine into the milk until it is just soft but not melted. Add cocoa and icing sugar and beat with an electric mixer until well combined and free of icing lumps.
9. Spread over savoiardi layer.
|I'm not hugely fussy on making it look elegant. I want people to know I made this.|
|Erin stirs the chocolate melts|
|Connor turns Pollock with the white chocolate layer.|
|Apparently there's a smiley face in there. Apparently.|
|Erin also tries to be all Pollock about it, but turns more towards Pro Hart.|
10. Heat both lots of choc melts but do not combine.
11. Once thoroughly melted, drizzle white chocolate over frosting layer.
12. Finally, drizzle milk chocolate over white and place in fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
|Layering. It's not just for the 90s fashionista.|
The savoiardi biscuits soften under the layers giving this its cakey-consistency.
So there you have it. Real food, real photography, real adaptation in the wild. I so can't wait for tomorrow night.