The Prayer Closet

The Prayer Closet

Since my move from Indiana to Ohio, my friend Vicki has come to me for rest & respite from time to time.  I’ve noticed a pattern in her trips.  She managed to come on or near the anniversary date of Greg’s death.  I asked her if this was intentional…& she gave me a knowing smile.

Vicki was widowed with 4 small children years ago & knows the pain of those anniversary dates.

Vicki has a life that revolves around caring for others.  A wheelchair bound husband she adores, kids & grandkids living in her home, church involvement, plus a full-time job leave her with little time for self-care. 

During our last visit, she was near exhaustion, both physically & spiritually.  She commented on the absolute quiet we were enjoying.   She said that sometimes she sits in her car after work just so she can pray & read the bible without interruption.

Due to her husband’s needs, their master bedroom door had to be removed for his w/c access & replaced with a curtain.  She had no place to go to shut out the distractions of those living within her household.  Apparently, beloved grandbabies do not understand Grandma needs a break. 

The bible tells us  in Matt 6:6  6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

As Vicki & I talked, the idea of using her sizable Master bedroom closet as a literal Prayer Closet began to emerge. Of course, it was packed with the STUFF we all seem to collect, & rarely make the time to go through, BUT her desperate need for peace & quiet outweighed the desire to hang onto things.

Today I’m sharing Vicki’s recipe for Pan Éclair. This dessert has a pastry crust, a creamy filling, & a fruit topping. You will enjoy it as much as Vicki’s frequent guests do. 

And if she needs a break from the crowd, she now has a place to go & shut the door.

Confectionately Yours,


Pan Eclair


Boil: 1 cup water and 1 stick of butter or margarine together

Remove from heat
Add: 1 cup flour, then 
4 eggs one at a time mixing well between.  Mixture will be thick.

Spread into a 9″ – 13″ pan, no need to spray or oil.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 – 25 min or until lightly browned.  Crust will be very airy when it is removed from the oven but will drop as it cools.

Filling and Topping

2 large boxes instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
8 oz softened cream cheese
8 oz cool whip
10 crushed Oreo chocolate reg stuffed cookies

Beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add milk slowly until blended.  Add pudding & mix 2-3 minutes.  Pour over cooled crust.

Top with cool whip and Oreo’s

Tip: the crust and cream filling needs to sit at least 4 -6 hours for best results

I often make this part the night before and top with cool whip and cookies just before serving.  I also find myself adding just a little more milk to make the filling creamer. Add to your own taste but remember it needs to remain firm enough to serve with running.

You might want to create your own raspberry or strawberry cream to top cream the filling with. I made one normal and one with a strawberry cream that I made from jello and fresh strawberries to a cookout and both went like crazy. I’ve also made a cream filling using a cornstarch thickening but my time was limited that day. Lots of people ask for the recipes. I topped to strawberry one with a few small fresh strawberries so people would know what to expect.