While Christmas and Thanksgiving are behind us, there is still plenty of time this long winter to enjoy some cozy seasonal foods. Although I’ve never actually made a Sweet Potato Pie, I suspect that these tarts are a good cousin to that traditional dessert.
Around the holidays, most of us overindulge in sweets. Within reason, I fully support this. Enjoy. One way to keep this “within reason” is to, of course, control portions. This mini Eggnog Cheesecake is the perfect solution. Continue reading
November is here! Hope all had a spooky and fun Halloween! This recipe is for Caramel Pumpkin Crispies – an amped up version of the Rice Krispy Treat. Hope you like the seasonal twist! Continue reading
Typically our marshmallow-themed recipes provide uses for our Sweet Jumbles marshmallows in cooking or baking recipes. This month, we don’t exactly do that. This recipe teaches you to actually making some marshmallow creme on your own. Since the marshmallow theme still stands strong, we hope you’ll like this slight change. This recipe for S’Mores Truffle Pops, while not difficult, does involve several steps, a bit of hurry up and wait, and one important tool: the kitchen torch. If you don’t have a kitchen torch, you could carefully try this over an open flame. But use caution – it could end badly.
S'Mores Truffle Pops
bowl, vase, or even better styrofoam to hold pops upright
For the chocolate:
10 oz high quality chocolate, chopped
6 oz heavy cream
1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed
For the marshmallow:
½ c sugar
2 T corn syrup
1/8 t salt
½ t vanilla extract
4 T water, divided
½ envelope powdered gelatin (about 2 t)
For the chocolate:
- Chop chocolate and place it in a medium bowl.
- Put the heavy cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Pour over chocolate and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- After waiting 5 minutes, stir until smooth. You don’t want any chunks.
- Refrigerate until firm.
- Line a cookie sheet with silicone or waxed paper. Scoop the firm chocolate into small balls, about 1″ diameter, making them as round as you can. This will be very messy. If the heat of your hands make them too soft to work with, briefly place them in the fridge. At this point they don’t need to be perfect but you do want them something close to round.
- Take a bowl of crushed graham crackers and, cupping your hand, coat the chocolate with the graham cracker crumbs. These crumbs will allow you to make the pops nice and round at last.
- Insert lollipop stick.
- Place on cookie sheet and return to fridge.
For the marshmallow:
- Decide what you can use to hold pops upright. You don’t need this quite yet, but when you do you’ll need it ready. Best solution: styrofoam. Second best; a box with holes punctured in it (just use a nail) that the pops can push into. Worst case scenario: a cup/vase/bowl that will keep the pops upright.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 Tablespoons of cold water and gelatin. Stir to combine and let sit to become firm.
- Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and remaining 2 T water. Mix and turn onto high heat, cooking until it reaches 250 degrees.
- Pour hot sugar mixture into bowl of stand mixer, and mix on high until it looks like marshmallow fluff. This can take up to, or even more than, 10 minutes depending on the speed of our mixer. Add vanilla extract and mix for 1 more minute.
- Remove the chocolate pops from the fridge. Using a spoon, scoop dollops of fluff from the bowl and twist it around the chocolate pop. It shouldn’t be too thick, but provide full coverage.
- Place pops in your predetermined method of choice to keep them upright. Allow the marshmallow fluff to stiffen. (10 minutes is usually good.)
- Toast marshmallow with a kitchen torch.
To me, summer means fruit: strawberries, blueberries, watermelon. Fruit on ice cream. Fruit on angel food cake. Fruit tarts. Smoothies. There are no limits! Continue reading
I wanted to do some baking this Memorial Day weekend, so after returning home from a Saturday on the beach, I got to work. But, I was tired. The beach does that. And it was hot (I have no A/C) so the oven was off-limits. Fortunately, I had a plan that required minimal stovetop effort and was super easy. S’mores Popcorn Balls. Not only are these easy, but compared to many sweet treats they are lower in calories!
Every year I look forward to rhubarb season, as it is one of my favorite fruits that is actually a vegetable. Over the years on this blog we’ve enjoyed Rhubarb Muffins, Rhubarb Apple Pie, and Rhubarb Tart. Today, a moist, delicious Rhubarb Pound Cake. Continue reading
As much as I love baking, I really really love ice cream. Homemade or store bought, hand dipped or soft serve. I love it all. So, today I present to you a combination of the classic milkshake and Sweet Jumbles marshmallows – a Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake. Continue reading
I was enjoying dinner at a local Italian restaurant and got Crème Brûlée for dessert. It was, as expected, delicious. Crème Brûlée is surprisingly not too hard to make, so it occurred to me that a s’mores version should be possible. Sure enough, a bit of searching around online proved me right, and I’ve tweaked things to create a delicious Sweet Jumbles version.