S’mores Brulée

In my latest episode of the Starving Artist I break out my kitchen torch – I got it as a Christmas present a few years ago from my Aunt Judy. I highly recommend getting one – you’d be amazed all the things you can find to torch. But I think when most people think of a kitchen torch they think of creme brûlée. You know, creamy cold custard served in a ramekin, topped with sugar, and torched for a crunchy caramelized top. Delicious? Yes. But I’m the starving artist. I don’t have time or money to make custard – please. So the question is: what DO I have time and money for? What creative and affordable thing could possibly fit into a ramekin?

S’mores. What could be better? Watch the video to see how it’s done.

Here’s the recipe in PDF form: S’mores Brulee – Recipe PDF

One thing I discovered after we shot the video is that using marshmallow fluff instead of mini marshmallows actually makes it a lot easier to eat. And I realize that not every starving artist has a torch, so if you want to do this recipe without one, just place the ramekins on a sheet pan and stick it under your broiler for a minute or two until the top gets your desired black. Yum! ,

Torched Pound Cake

We are ending the week on a sweet note, friends. Remember last week when I posted the recipe for pound cake and promised some variations to mix it up? Well here is the first. I confess, this is kind of over-the-top, but so effin good. This works best when your poundcake has sat for a day (wrapped, of course). And don’t forget to bake it with chocolate chips like I suggest! Get a cast iron skillet nice and hot over medium high heat and add in about half a tablespoon of butter. Fry your poundcake on both sides until it gets a bit brown and crispy. The chocolate chips will heat up and get nice gooey. mmm. Then, take some marshmallow fluff – I know, so gross, but so good – pile it on top, and spread it out in an even layer. Then, take a kitchen torch and fire it to a golden brown. It’s such a decadent treat. If you don’t have a torch, you can stash it under the broiler for a few minutes, but keep a close eye on it. What I love about this dessert is you could serve it at a fancy dinner to wow your lover or impress some people or you could serve it to a group of rowdy drunken friends and it will work equally well in both situations. I’m sorry, who doesn’t love toasted marshmallow? Enjoy!

S’mores Brûlée Revisit

The saga of the leftover graham crackers (and chocolate and marshmallows) continues. My life is just so hard…

So my roommate and I both love my S’mores Brûlée recipe, (which, by the way, was one of the first posts I made on my blog) so when all the ingredients are sitting on my counter staring me in the face I really can’t get away with not making a batch. Now my original recipe calls for making a ganache, which involves pouring hot cream over chocolate chips to form a thick and rich chocolate sauce/paste. However, this time around I had no cream in my fridge. In fact I had no dairy of any kind. I thought about it for a minute and realized that when I make regular s’mores, the chocolate gets plenty melted when zapped in the microwave, so why couldn’t it work for this recipe? Well, I gave it a shot, and I’m happy to say it works beautifully. The recipe is just as good, but now the most involved step has been eliminated, which makes for happier starving artists. Also time around I had a Cadbury chocolate bar…mmmm. I know Hershey is the all-American favorite, especially when it comes to s’mores, but I’m not gonna lie, I have been and always will be a Cadbury boy. No apologies.

As you can see I placed four squares right on top of the graham cracker mixture. I could have actually gotten away with 5 or 6, but it was still amazing. I love mixing up classics like this. Keeps it fun and you can totally wow a dinner party for little money and no time. Sign me up. I’ve posted the revised version of the whole recipe below. Yum!

Smores Brulee – Revised (Recipe PDF)

Peanut Butter S’mores

So, remember last week when I posted that recipe for Paula’s Peanut Butter Cake? Well, after the cake was made I found myself with a box of graham crackers and a jar of peanut butter… hmmm what to do. Being summer time I see displays for s’mores supplies everywhere I go – thank you for shoving it in my face, America. But truth be told, I really don’t need my arm twisted to be convinced eating s’mores is a good idea. You may recall two of the first recipes I posted on this blog involved s’mores. That being said, it didn’t take long before a bag of marshmallows and a few jumbo-sized Hershey bars suddenly appeared on my counter. Obviously the work of some neighborhood deviant bent on littering apartments with horrible (yet tasty) indulgences. Bastards.

But, one must make the best of such situations. Thus, out came my beloved kitchen torch and behold, peanut butter s’mores were made. The version you see in the picture is without chocolate. I did also try it with a single square of Hershey’s and it was divine. Either way the trick is to spread a thin layer of peanut butter onto the graham cracker, add chocolate if you desire, top with a marshmallow, then microwave it until the marshmallow inflates, about 8 seconds. This ensures all the layers are heated through before you torch your marshmallow. As you can see, I like mine well done, but if you keep your distance you can toast it to a light golden brown.

I also just had the idea to do this with nutella instead of peanut butter… sweet god….