Tuesday, July 3, 2012

S'mores Brownies with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce.

Have you ever tried to make S'mores with 5 and 3 year old boys?

Let me break the fun down for you...

First, giving boys sticks is really never a good idea. They immediately become weapons. 
Once you have convinced them to stop playing swords and lured them in with large marshmallows, you stick fluffy white goodness on the end of the stick. They eat the first couple before you even introduce fire.

You carefully inch them toward the fire with their marshmallow stick and after you thoroughly explain how dangerous fire is, they puch their stick in the fire causing the mallow to spontaneously combust. A few casualities later, you finally get a decent toasty one. Stickiness everywhere, you decide raw marshmallows are better and supervise a sparring contest.

Then I came across these brownies on cookiesandcups.com, go check her out, awesome and witty blog.

The sticky goodness is there, but no fire or sticks. 
A win, win situation.

I changed her recipe a bit, instead of using Hershey bars, I made homemade Hot Fudge Sauce.

Let's start with that.

Hot Fudge

4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and cook on high 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until mostly melted.
Transfer to a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat and stir in sugar, salt and butter.
Stir in cream, a little at a time until smooth. 
Heat through, without boiling, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 

Set aside.

You may never use store bought hot fudge again, this stuff is good.

Moving on to the Brownie....

S'mores Brownies
For the crust:
1 1/2 cups of crushed graham crackers (approx 12-13 whole graham crackers) PLUS reserved 1/4 cup for garnish
6 T. butter
1/4 cup sugar
Preheat to 350
Crush graham crackers.
In a 9×9 baking pan melt butter, add crumbs and sugar. Mix with a spoon or your fingers and press to form a crust.
Bake crust for 10 min until slightly golden.

Next whip up some brownies. I used a box, but feel free to make your own.

Pour the brownies over the crust and bake as directed.

Once the brownies have slightly cooled, poor the hot fudge sauce over the brownies, top with about 2 cups of marshmallows and bake for about 3-4 minutes until they are puffy and lightly browned.
Drizzle more hot fudge sauce on top and sprinkle with more graham cracker crumbs.

It was a bit difficult to cut through all that gooey goodness, but buttering the knife seemed to help. It was worth it. All the toasty tastiness of a S'more, half the battle.

Baking from my heart to your kitchen,

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