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Old School Snacks

January 29, 2012

One of my favorites has got to be Smores.  What’s there not to love?  Gooey Marshmallow, Crispy Cookies, and Melted Chocolate?  Check, check, and check!!!

This version is updated with a hint of sophistication.  A dribble of Rum here and a glossy dousing of Ganache there.  (There’s even bits of Caramelized Sugar involved)!!

Remember when you used to toast Marshmallows over a fire?  The fun of doing it, the anticipation of biting into the crispy sugary skin of a fat Marshmallow, the pure pleasure of how Chocolate melts so beautifully onto your tongue, the satisfying crunch of a Graham Cracker?  If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re in for a treat!

For the Cupcake Crust:
  • 1 1/4 c Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 2 tb Sugar
  • 3 1/2 tb Melted Butter

***Bake the Crust alone for 4-5 min at 350***

For the Chocolate Cake:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 c Flour (try to use unbleached, unbromated All Purpose with no leavening agents).
  • 1 1/2 ts Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 ts Baking Soda
  • 1 ts fine Salt

*Remember to SIFT all of your dry ingredients together!!

    Wet Ingredients
    (Chocolate Sauce):

    • 1 c Hot Water + 2 c Sugar + 3/4 c good quality, unsweetened Cocoa + 1 tb instant Coffee/Espresso

    Wet Ingredients:

    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 c Full Fat Buttermilk
    • 1/2 c Veggie or Canola Oil
    • 2 ts good Vanilla 

    Bake @ 350 for 17-20 min.

      For the Chocolate Ganache
      • 1 c Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips 
      • 1/2 c Heavy Cream
      • Pinch of Salt
      • 2 tb Rum (optional)

      Melt over a double boiler (like I did for the Chocolate Truffle Video) or zap in the microwave for short spurts until completely melted…at the last moment, stir in the Rum.  Also, if you desire a super shiny Ganache, drizzle in a bit of oil after the Rum (like 1/2 ts or so).

      For the Marshmallow Frosting
      • 7 oz tub Marshmallow Fluff
      • 1 c Butter (2 sticks at room temp.)
      • 1 c Powdered Sugar 

      *I used a closed star tip but any one will do*

      For the Sugar Pearls
      • Lay some regular, granulated Sugar on a heat safe plate and take a blow torch to it until Sugar Pearls start to form. 

      Inducing Sugar Comas Everywhere!!!
      Love,
      Your Squishy Monster =D

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