Want to Have S’more of These Porg S’mores

Want to Have S’more of These Porg S’mores

S’mores always remind me of summers spent camping out under the stars, but I could honestly eat that perfect combination of gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate all year! I brought back my homemade porg marshmallows to show you how to turn them into an un-porg-etably delicious treat.

Homemade marshmallows can seem intimidating at first, but the secret to getting them smooth and the right shape is just a little water. Once you get the first few piped the rest of your batch will be a breeze! Add chocolate and your favorite graham crackers, and you’ll definitely want s’more of these cute s’mores!

 

Ingredients:

Condiments

  • 1 tbsp Corn syrup, light

Baking & Spices

  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 Icing fitted with a, Black small
  • 1 Orange and grey/silver sanding sugar
  • 1/2 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 12 Squares of chocolate
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

Oils & Vinegars

  • 1 Vegetable oil

Snacks

  • 12 Chocolate graham crackers

Desserts

  • 1/4 cup Candy melts, orange
  • 1 Candy thermometer
  • 1 envelope Gelatin, unflavored
  • 24 Nonpareils, black jumbo

Liquids

  • 1 3 + 1/4 cup cold water

Other

  • Cardstock
  • Piping bags
  • 1/2 ” round piping tip
  • Large, round piping tip
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Small zip-top bags

 

Helpful Tip

All cutting should be done by an adult.

Directions

1. Download, print, and cut out porg template.

2. Melt the orange candy melts by heating in the microwave in 30-second intervals at 50% power until smooth, stirring between each set. You can add a teaspoon of vegetable oil if they are lumpy once completely melted.

3. Place the porg template under a piece of wax paper, and use a toothpick to draw the feet with the orange melts. Set aside to harden.

4. Prep your sanding sugars by placing a little of the orange, and a little of the grey sugars into separate small zip-top bags. Cut a tiny corner off of each and set aside.

5. Prep 2 piping bags by fitting one with a large round tip, and the other with a 1/2″ round tip. Lay a piece of wax paper over a baking sheet. Combine the marshmallow coating ingredients in a bowl, and lightly sift the powder over the wax paper. Set aside.

6. Pour 1/3 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer, and stir in the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soften while you make the syrup.

7. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/4 cup water, light corn syrup, and salt. Stir, and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Then turn the heat up to high, and continue to cook (without stirring) until the syrup reaches 240° F on a candy thermometer.

8. With the mixer on low, slowly pour the syrup into the softened gelatin. Gradually increase the speed to high, and whip until soft peaks form and hold their shape, about 8-10 minutes. Add the vanilla extract, and whip just until it is incorporated.

9. Transfer the marshmallow to the 2 prepared piping bags. You can place the porg template underneath the wax paper, on your baking sheet that you’ve prepared with coating powder, as a guide.

10. Using the bag with the 1/2″ tip, pipe a large circle for the body, and then a smaller one on top for the head. Use the other piping bag fitted with the smaller round tip to make the wings. If you are left with any lumps or peaks on the marshmallow you can lightly wet a clean finger and smooth out the marshmallow. You want to work quickly before the marshmallow begins to set, so only pipe 2 at a time, and then add the decorations.

11. To decorate, start with the orange sugar, and carefully pour it in a pattern that replicates the look of the porgs. Then pour the grey sugar over the wings, edges of the body, and top of the head of each porg.

12. Add a nonpareil to each side of the face for the eyes, placing them just over the orange sugar, and then place 2 of the candy melt feet at the bottom.

13. Allow the marshmallows to set, uncovered, for at least 7 hours, or overnight before adding the decorating icing.

14. Use decorating icing to pipe the mouths and nostrils onto the porgs. Carefully unpeel the marshmallows from your baking sheet. You can lightly coat any sticky areas with the marshmallow coating mixture.

15. When you are ready to turn them into s’mores, break your graham crackers in half. Place 1 half on a plate and top it with a porg. Heat in the microwave for 5-7 seconds, then add the chocolate square and the other half of your graham cracker. (Extra marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.)

 

 

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Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake

Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake

Chocolate Magic Flan Cake combines two favorite desserts in one! Part moist chocolate cake and part creamy custard, it’s the ultimate sweet treat!

Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake is easy to make and sure to wow the crowd. A luscious combination of caramel, chocolate cake, and (leche) flan, it’s the ultimate baked treat!

If you love a moist chocolate cake and a creamy flan, you are in luck. I am going to show you how to make a stunning Impossible flan cake that combines these two dessert favorites in one delectable treat!

 

What is magic chocoflan

The cake is made up of three components and baked in a bundt pan. The layering starts with the dulce de leche, followed by the chocolate batter and, finally, the flan. As it bakes, the cake rises to the top, and the custard sinks to the bottom.

Once the cake is released from the pan and inverted the cake on the serving platter, you’ll find that the chocolate and flan layer have magically switched places! You get a gorgeous cake with a luscious caramel glaze sitting on top.

How to make

making chocolate cake batter in a bowl

 

Chocolate cake layer

  • To prevent lumps in the batter, make sure that the milk and eggs are at room temperature.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until thick and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and continue to beat.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and add half of the mixture into the mixing bowl.
  • Add half of the milk. Beat the mixture until the dry ingredients are just moistened.
  • Add the remaining half of the dry mixture and the milk and beat just until the ingredients are incorporated. Do not overmix as it will result in a dense cake.

Flan layer

  • In a mixing bowl, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until well incorporated.
  • Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a spouted container.

making chocoflan cake in a bundt pan

 

Assembling layers

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease a 12-cup bundt pan with softened butter and add the dulce de leche, swirling to cover the bottom of the bundt pan.
  • Spoon the chocolate batter on top of the dulce de leche, making sure to fill the pan evenly. Using an angled spatula, smoothen the top.
  • Carefully pour the flan mixture over the chocolate batter.
  • Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil, securing the edges.

Baking the cake

  • Set the bundt pan on a roasting pan and place inside the oven. Carefully pour about two inches of hot water into the roasting pan to create steam inside the oven as the cake bakes.
  • In a 350 F oven, bake the cake for about 60 minutes without opening the oven door to keep the steam from escaping.
  • After 60 minutes, check the cake by inserting a skewer in the middle. The cake is ready if the skewer comes out with some soft chocolate cake crumbs.
  • Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool completely on the roasting pan.
  • To release the cake, gently shake the roasting pan from side to side to loosen the cake.
  • Invert a cake serving plate over the bundt pan and carefully turn it over. Gently lift the bundt pan from the plate, releasing the cake.
  • Serve the flan cake right away or refrigerate to chill completely.

slice of chocolate flan cake in a white serving plate

And here you have it, layers of decadence in one ultimate treat. Caramel, flan, and chocolate in every slice!

I hope you try this chocoflan for your next baking project. You can also check out my black forest swiss roll and floating island dessert recipes. Happy baking!

Ingredients:

1 ounce butter, softened (for greasing the pan)
¼ cup dulce de leche (homemade or store-bought)

For the Chocolate Cake

¾ cup sugar
5 ounces unsalted butter, softened
1 egg, room temperature
1 ¾ cup flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 ¼ cup milk, room temperature

For the Flan

1 can (14 ounces) condensed milk
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
4 eggs
½ tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Making the Chocolate Cake Layer

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer until thick and fluffy.

Add the egg and continue to beat.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.

Add half of the dry ingredient mixture into the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Add half of the milk.

Beat the mixture until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Add the remaining half of the dry mixture and of the milk. Beat just until the ingredients are incorporated.

 

Making the Leche Flan Layer

In a mixing bowl, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until well incorporated.

Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a spouted container.

Baking the Chocoflan

Grease a 12-cup bundt pan with softened butter.

Add the dulce de leche, swirling to cover the bottom of the bundt pan. Set aside.

Spoon the chocolate batter into the bundt pan on top of the dulce de leche, making sure to fill the pan evenly. Using an angled spatula, smoothen the top.

Carefully pour the flan mixture into the bundt pan over the chocolate batter.

Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil, securing the edges.

Set the bundt pan on a roasting pan and place it inside the oven. Carefully pour about two inches of hot water into the roasting pan.

In a 350 F oven, bake the cake for about 60 minutes without opening the oven door to keep the steam from escaping. After 60 minutes, check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out with some soft chocolate cake crumbs, the cake is ready.

Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool completely on the roasting pan. To release the cake, gently shake the roasting pan from side to side to loosen the cake.

Invert a serving plate over the bundt pan and carefully turn it over. Gently lift the bundt pan from the plate, releasing the cake.

Serve the flan cake right away or refrigerate to completely chill.

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Black bottom pie

Black bottom pie

Serves 8

Easy

This recipe for Southern pie by Felicity Cloake owes its name to its rich, dark cocoa base and chocolate custard, topped with a rum mousse and a cloud of whipped cream. Pure indulgence, Dixie style.

Ingredients

  • Oreo biscuits 24, (just shy of 2 packets)
  • unsalted butter 55g, melted
  • whole milk 500ml
  • eggs 4, separated
  • golden caster sugar 225g
  • cornflour 4 tsp
  • fine salt 1/4 tsp

 

  • dark chocolate 75g, finely chopped, plus a little extra to top
  • leaf gelatine 6 sheets
  • golden or dark rum 1 tbsp
  • vanilla extract 1 tsp
  • ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp
  • double cream 250ml
  • icing sugar 2 tbsp

Method

  • STEP 1

    Whizz the Oreos to crumbs in a food processor, then add the melted butter and briefly whizz again. Press into a 23cm springform cake tin, cover and chill.

  • STEP 2

    Gently bring the milk to a boil in a heavy-based saucepan. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and half the caster sugar together in a large, heatproof bowl until paler in colour, then whisk in the cornflour and salt. Whisk as you pour the hot milk onto the yolks, then return to the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring, until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon. Take off the heat and pour half into a bowl, while this is cooling soak the gelatine in cold water until pliable. Squeeze the water out of 2 of the leaves. Stir the chocolate and these gelatine leaves into the pan with the custard mixture until they have melted, then pour onto the base. Chill.

  • STEP 3

    Stir the rum, vanilla, nutmeg and remaining 4 gelatine leaves into the warm, reserved custard mixture and leave to cool completely.

  • STEP 4

    Beat the egg whites to soft peaks, then add the remaining caster sugar and beat until the mixture is stiff and glossy. Fold this into the cooled custard, then spoon on top of the chocolate custard and chill until set – about 4 hours. Whip the cream and icing sugar to soft peaks, spoon on top of the pie, then shave a little chocolate over the top to serve.

     

 

Nutritional Information

Kcals643    Fat38.1g    Saturates22g     Carbs63g    Sugars52.2g    Fibre2.4g    Protein9.5g    Salt0.8g


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SNOWBALL COOKIES

SNOWBALL COOKIES

Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Greek Kourabies, Melting Moments, Meltaways, or Snowball Cookies; whatever you call them these little balls of sweetness are delicious.

Traditionally made with chopped nuts these sugar coated morsels melt in your mouth. They’re the perfect cookies to serve at tea time, snack time, or anytime.

I’ve always loved these cookies and include them in my holiday baking. But I prefer them without nuts, so when I make them I simply omit them.

Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients

1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts if desired
Powdered sugar for coating

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Fit standing mixer with paddle attachment
  3. Mix butter and sugar together until creamy
  4. Mix in vanilla extract
  5. Add in flour and nuts (if using nuts) and mix until soft dough balls form
  6. Using a 1” cookie scooper or tablespoon form 1” dough balls
  7. Place balls on ungreased baking sheet or one covered with parchment paper or silicone mat
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until balls are set but before they turn brown
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes
  10. Place about 1 cup of powdered sugar in a small bowl
  11. Roll each cookie in sugar then place on a cooling rack
  12. Cool completely then roll in sugar again
  13. Store cookies in airtight containers

 

 

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The Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Chocolate Chip Cookie

A chocolate chip cookie, the ultimate comfort food.  Who can resist them? But do you know its history?  Most of us don’t and it’s really quite interesting no matter which version you believe!

For starters the chocolate chip cookie is a true American concoction that came to be quite accidentally when its original baker ran out of Baker’s chocolate, or nuts.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Ok back in 1930 a dietician named Ruth Graves Wakefield and her husband Kenneth purchased a Cape Cod style house in Whitman a town between Boston and New Bedford,  Massachusetts.   The house was originally built in 1709 and was used by travelers to rest, change horses, have a meal, and pay any tolls needed to use the road.  Ruth and Kenneth soon turned their home into a lodge which, with a nod to its past, they named “The Toll House Inn”.

Now Ruth was a skilled baker and soon drew in visitors from all over the northeast.  Many came to sample her delicious baked goods.  One of her favorite desserts were Butter Drop Do Cookies and her recipe which dated back to colonial days called for Baker’s chocolate.  So one day in 1937 Ruth was making these Butter Drop Do Cookies and found herself lacking the chocolate, so she chopped up a bar of Nestle’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny pieces thinking that the chocolate would melt and spread throughout the dough.  When it didn’t the chocolate chip cookie was born!  Well that’s one version; another version is she ran out of nuts and substituted the chopped chocolate; still another version claims she accidentally dropped a bar of chocolate into the dough and it broke into tiny morsels.  Whatever the version it’s all part of chocolate chip cookie history!

The new cookies were a hit and Ruth called them “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies”.  Her recipe was published in news papers all over New England and the sales of Nestle’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate bars rocketed.

Then in 1939 when “Betty Crocker” (she was a fictional character who had a radio show) featured them on her radio series “Famous Foods from Famous Eating Places” the chocolate chip cookie went big time!  Ruth being a shrewd gal approached Nestle’s and struck a deal, they could print her recipe on all their semi-sweet bars and later bags in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolates.  Lucky lady!

In the 1940’s Ruth sold Nestle’s the name “Toll House” and the cookies were widely known as Toll House Cookies.  Nestle lost the trademarked rights to the name in 1983, Toll House is now legally the generic name for a chocolate chip cookie.

The cookie has become the most popular cookie worldwide and is the official cookie of Massachusetts.  As for Ruth and hubby they sold the Toll House Inn in 1966 and it burned down on New Year’s Eve 1984.

So now you know its history.   I’m sure you also know many versions of the chocolate chip cookie recipe have popped up, you may even have your own, I know I do!  But have you ever tried The Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie?  It’s one of our favorites!  You can order it for dessert at their Mariposa Restaurant where you get a boxed set of 3 cookies and a recipe card, very cute!  Or you can buy the giant sized cookie at their Bistro.  And you can also buy tins of them from the Neiman’s gourmet food department at Christmas time.  We do all 3!  A box of 3 from the restaurant costs $6, the giant cookie at the Bistro is $5, and a tin of them will set you back about $20+.

But Neiman’s is nice enough to share their recipe, remember the boxed set at Mariposa comes with a recipe card.  So if you don’t feel like shelling out $5 or more for a cookie or two; or if you’ve never tried the Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie then read on because I’m sharing it today!


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Servings: Dozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speet until fluffy - approximately 30 seconds
  3. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds
  4. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds
  5. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips
  6. Using a 1 oz. scoop or 2 Tbs. measure, drop cookie dough onto a gr eased cookie sheet about 3" apart.
  7. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2" circle
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a bit longer for crispier cookies.
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