Monday, September 22, 2014

Gooey S'more Dessert

The name alone gets me all jittery inside.  Who doesn't love a good s'more?  Now you can make it as a dessert, anytime, no need for an open fire, or bugs at your campsite.  This is easy, clean, and best of all you won't smell like a fire when you are done!

This dessert is the marriage of 3 recipes I wanted to try.  Wait, I take that back it was one recipe, but instead of using that recipe, an old newspaper clipping, I tried to reinvent it with old recipes my mom gave me.  It turned out well.  The brownie will seem, or may seem "not done" in the middle, just let it cool.  All will be well.  That gooeyness you think might be hiding in the center, IS and it is SUPPOSED to be! 

Get your oven preheated to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9x13 cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. 

For the "crust" you will need graham crackers.  You can just lay them out on the bottom.  If you use the whole graham, it will take 6 full ones and few more.  However you do it just lay them so the bottom is covered.  Set aside and let's get to the brownies.

For the BROWNIES you will need:
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 lb. butter (aka 1/2 cup)
4 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup  milk
6 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder

First, make sure your butter is at room temperature.  Cream the butter and sugar together well.  Add eggs and continue to beat well.  When well combined, add the rest of the ingredients.  Beat with a hand mixer or a stand mixer until smooth.  Now carefully dollop or sort of pour this over the graham crackers.  Don't move the crackers, pour it out all over so you have to spread it very little. Bake for 25-35 minutes,  The judgment is yours, the less you keep it in, the more the goo factor goes up, but doe what makes you happy!  The eggs will be plenty cooked so in case that worries you don't let it.  You can let this go 40 minutes and have a more cake like dessert.  When it is done, sit on a cooling rack and let cook while you make the icing.

For the ICING you will need:
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 egg whites
1 cup sugar
3 T water

Combine all of the ingredients in the top of a double boiler, or in a bowl that you can use as the top of a double boiler.  Make sure it is well mixed.  Add an inch of water to a pot and let it come to a boil.  Make sure the water doesn't actually touch the bottom of the bowl.  Put bowl on top and begin using ah and mixer to beat it for 3-4 minutes.  Beat constantly!!  When it is done, pour over your brownies and then top with chocolate jimmies or some graham cracker dust or both.   After about 15 minutes you can use a brulee torch to toast it up on top!

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving!