graham crackers

De La Grana Cheesecake

Boy do I have something totally out of the box for you today. Get ready to be blown away by this cheesecake!

Let’s roll back the hands of time a bit… the Month – June, the Year – 2010. I received an email from Casey regarding my assignment for this month’s Progressive Party over at Kitchen Play.

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Chocolate Garlic Cheesecake Truffles

Now before you run away… let me just say that I wanted to start the year by challenging myself to come up with a new recipe using an ingredient you wouldn’t normally think of using to make a dessert.

Last summer I created a video for Paula Dean’s Real Women of Philadelphia in which I demonstrated how to make Espresso Hazelnut Cheesecake Ice Cream

Well, just a few weeks ago Real Women of Philadelphia announced a new video challenge using Philadelphia’s newest product, Philadelphia Cooking Cream.

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Apple Tatin Ice Cream Sandwiches

I’ve been reading Chef Migoya’s new cookbook Frozen Desserts for some time now and I have to say I am completely blown away by it. And this by the way has nothing to do with the fact that ice cream happens to be my favorite dessert! 😉

This book is truly a masterpiece, some serious time and thought went into the making of this book. I’ve learned so much thanks to the level of detail found in each of the topics discussed and the easy to read explanations. (I’m completely smitten with it.)

As a starting point Chef Migoya takes us through a brief history of frozen desserts. He then moves on to ingredients and the chemistry behind each in relation to frozen desserts.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Who loves strawberries?

I Do… I Do…!

I mean just look at them aren’t they one of the most beautiful fruits you’ve ever seen?
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S'mores Brownies

Graham Crackers

Mmmmm… graham crackers.

Marshmallows

We’ll throw in a couple of diced (cut up) marshmallows for good mesure.

S'mores Brownies

Ready for the oven.

S’mores Brownies

inspired from Joy The Baker
adapted from Bon Appetit, October 1991

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
5 large eggs
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup graham crackers, roughly crushed
12 large marshmallows, whole (To top brownie)
6 large marshmallows, diced (To add to the batter)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Butter 9×13-inch baking pan with 2-inch-high sides.

Combine first 3 ingredients in small bowl.

Stir butter and chocolate in a medium sized bowl over a heavy saucepan of simmering water. Stir chocolate and butter in this double boiler until melted and smooth.

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla in large bowl to blend. Stir in warm chocolate mixture, then dry ingredients. Fold in graham crackers. Pour batter into prepared pan. Dot with 12 large marshmallows. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 30- 40 minutes minutes.

Marshmallows will be browned and puffy but will deflate as the brownies cool. Cool for at least 20 minutes than slice with a sharp knife, cleaning the knife with hot water if it gets too messy and sticky.

S'mores Brownies

Best eaten warm, with a BIG scoop of vanilla ice cream

More s’mores… More s’mores!

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