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S'mores Brownies

Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where we need to come up with something creative.. fast. That is when it is most fun to just look at what you have and let your imagination go wild. The result for me.. Smores Brownies.

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S'mores Brownies

by zirbirt

Saturday I decided to not only take care of my cleaning chores, but to make donuts (which took several hours). Needless to say, Sunday morning I was looking forward to being able to just relax all afternoon. I got up, played with my son and got ready for church. Once we got to church, our pastor... reminded us about a church cookout that afternoon. We, of course, tried to come up with an excuse.. but ended up deciding to go. This meant, I needed to bake something, and I needed to do it in very little time.

With no time to go to the store, I had to check my pantry for possible inclusions. The first thing I saw was marshmallow fluff. Then right next to it, some graham crackers. Possibilities started popping in my head, so I checked my chocolate chip stock.. 2 bags... I knew I was on to something, and that something was smores.

But.. just smores is pretty lame. I need a good way to deliver smores... So, of course the ultimate cookout treat "smores" can only be paired with the ultimate cookout favorite "brownies".

The first question was how to incorporate the graham crackers. (I knew I would worry about the marshmallows later). Obviously the answer is a graham crust. So I took 2 packs of Graham crackers, popped them into the food processor and blitzed until they were about like coffee grounds.

Then I melted 6Tbs of butter and mixed it into the graham crumbs and dumped the whole thing into a medium cake pan... and pressed it down.

Ok, I shared my brownie secrets in the past, so I will just go over this part quickly.

BROWNIES:
1 cup Butter (melted)
2 cup white sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
2/3 cup Cocoa Powder
1 cup Flour (all purpose)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 Tbs Mocha Mix

Combine Butter and sugar and mix by hand. Stir in eggs and vanilla.

Sift Flour, Cocoa, Mocha Mix, Salt and baking powder.

Stir dry into wet.. by hand till smooth.

I spread this concoction over the bread crumbs and bake it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. (until it is firm).

So, I looked at this and thought.. Ok, crust on the bottom marshmallow on top.. That's pretty obvious. I need to mix this up.. So, Once this has cooled a bit.. I turned it out onto a baking rack.



Once I did, the mad scientist in me started to cackle.. I ignored that, and just heated the whole jar of fluff in the microwave for 20 seconds.. then stirred it with a knife and spread it over the graham crackers.

I knew before I did this that one can of fluff would not be enough marshmallow.. but fluff is sticky.. so, I put mini marshmallows on that.



Next up, I took 1 cup of cream, and heated it over a medium-low heat (3) and let it come to a boil. I also put 1 12oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips into a bowl.. When the Cream was boiling I simply poured it over the chocolate chips and whisked it.

This was poured over the whole brownie concoction:


Because I used a lot more chocolate in my guanache it was a little thicker than normal, so I spread it with a spatula.

I set that in the fridge and let it set as long as I could (it needs 1 hour at least, I had 30 mins at most). So, the chocolate was only semi firm when I cut it, but enough that everything held together the way I wanted it to. I cut this into 24 individual pieces.


That is it.. and emergency treat that everyone gobbled up. I kid you not.. when everyone was grabbing food, I went by and the only empty plates were my brownies and my cookies. They were gone in minutes. Guess I need to make 3 or 4 times as many next time.

Thanks for reading, I will share my cookie recipe soon ;-)


zirbirt
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