When what should have been a quick and easy recipe fails, you can become frustrated. Truth is there are several ways a recipe can fail – the taste and the appearance. Depending on the situation you can still enjoy it. Feeding the family at home no big deal if the lasagna is slightly runny, or the egg broke and the yellow is all over the plate, but when taking food to a get together appearance matters.
I am still not sure why the s’mores cup did not work. I had the same recipe I used the first time, so possibly the brand of graham crackers, or maybe I will blame it on the weather. Regardless I was not going to serve them, but after the cups sat for awhile they hardened up and were not a mushy mess, so I tossed them in a rubbermaid container expecting some greedy little eyes and hands to ask for them. A day went by and the only person whose hands were caught were mine. I had to try them to see just how bad they were. The flavor was good, but they still did not look very appeasing. But why waste a perfectly good flavor especially when beauty of food has never been my number one priority, so I decided to take one summer flavor and mix it with another.
S’mores Ice Cream. I googled around to get some ideas of the base different recipes used and since I planned on crumbling the cups as a mix in, I decided on a simple sweet vanilla cream base. I found a simple recipe on http://www.addapinch.com and adapted it to meet my taste. I love ice cream and the richer the better, but I did not want to run to the store for whole milk, so I decided to adjust for using a lower fat content milk then it is not quite the indulgence, right?
S’mores Cup Ice Cream
1 1/2 cup 1% milk
2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup sugar
Mix ingredients together and poor into ice cream maker and continue until mixture firmer and has grown in size. This is the air being incorporated into the mixture that makes for delicious ice cream.
1 1/2 cups crumbled s’mores cup
1/4 cup mini marshmallows
2 oz. dark chocolate chunks
Once it is almost done. Toss is crumbled s’more cups and a small handful marshmallows and chocolate chunks. You can serve the ice cream as is, but I prefer to transfer to a container and allow to sit in the freezer several hours or overnight for the best flavor and consistency.
Obviously you could make this recipe without making the s’mores cups. Simply roast marshmallows in the oven and combine graham crackers and chocolate. No matter how you create the ice cream, it will take you fireside with its flavor all the while cooling you off.
We seem to have been on a s’mores kick recently as Little Miss Mixture had me try the indoor s’mores. I have to say they were easy and had a great flavor. I have to wonder if I am not looking for that fireside experience or enjoying an outdoor fire for another reason, if I would go through the trouble when the flavor can be replicated in 10 minutes inside in the comfort of my kitchen.
To make indoor s’mores all you need is an oven proof pan that accommodates the amount you want to make. Enough for one or enough for more. Cover the bottom of the pan with chocolate chips or desired chocolate. Place marshmallows atop and place in oven on 450 degrees for about 8 minutes or until marshmallows are golden on top. Serve in pan along side graham crackers for dipping.
I used a small Le Creuset as they work well at high temperatures in the oven and are easy to clean, but I know have a reason to get one of those cute mini cast iron pans. I always wondered what to use it them for.
How cute would an individual pan of s’mores be for dessert?
No matter how you decide to get that s’mores flavor. I think we can all agree that the flavor of roasted marshmallows mixed with or without chocolate and graham crackers is a must in the summer, and now with indoor s’mores it may be an all year treat no matter where you live.