Homemade S’mores Recipe

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S’mores make the perfect winter treat for kids of all ages. How do you make them even more delicious? Try making your s’mores from scratch with Chef Brian’s recipes for homemade graham crackers and homemade marshmallows.

Graham Crackers

8 tablespoons soft butter
¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons honey
1 cup flour
¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
pinch salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Cream the butter, sugars, and honey.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together, and add until just combined.
  • Work dough until it holds together.
  • Roll between parchment papers.
  • Prick dough with a fork and chill.
  • Bake 325-350 for 10 minutes.
  • Cut and bake another 4-5 minutes until crisp. Let cool.

Marshmallows

2 oz powdered sugar (plus more for dusting)
1 package unflavored gelatin
½ cup of water
1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • Dust a 9” x 13” baking pan with powdered sugar.
  • Bloom the gelatin in cold water.
  • Combine the water, sugar and corn syrup and boil to 240 degrees using a candy thermometer.
  • While the sugar is cooking, whip the egg whites to soft peaks.
  • Add the bloomed gelatin to the hot sugar to dissolve.
  • Slowly pour the sugar onto the whipping egg whites and whip until room temp.
  • Whip the meringue until lukewarm and add the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the marshmallow batter onto the parchment paper. Then dust the top with more powdered sugar.
  • Let sit until firm at room temperature, 6 hours to overnight. Cut as desired.

 

Apple Upside Down Coffee Cake Recipe

As apple season wanes with the cold snaps hitting us, Chef Brian has a great recipe to incorporate the last of your fresh-picked fruit. Perfect to share with out-of-town guests for breakfast or after dinner!
Apple Upside Down Coffee Cake
Yields one 9-inch cake.
Ingredients:
Paste and Topping
2-3 apples
1 ½ oz butter, room temp
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cake
2 eggs
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
½ cup almond flour
4 ounces butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar packed
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon rum
1 cup milk
 Directions:
Paste and Topping
  • Make a paste with butter, sugar, and cinnamon
  • Spread on bottom of pan
  • Arrange apples on top

Cake

  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Add eggs 1 x 1
  • Add flavorings
  • Add 1/3 sifted dry ingredients
  • Add ½ milk
  • Add 1/3 sifted dry ingredients
  • Add rest of milk
  • Add last 1/3 dry ingredients
  • Bake 350 for 45 to 50 minutes

A Treat for Halloween: Pumpkin Doughnut Recipe

No flavor says fall like pumpkin. If you’re looking for a sweet to add to your Halloween party menu, try this pumpkin doughnut recipe. You can also bake the batter into muffins and bread! This easy recipe from Chef Brian is all treat, no tricks.

pumpkin donuts

Healthy donut– it’s not an oxymoron. Use this batter to make delicious (baked not fried) pumpkin donuts.

Pumpkin Batter

Ingredients:
½  cup oil
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
½  cup water
1 ¾  cups all-purpose flour
1 ½  cups sugar
¾  tsp salt
1 t baking soda
1 ½ tsp  pumpkin pie spice
Directions:
  • combine all wet
  • combine all dry
  • mix until just incorporated
  • pour into pans and bake at 350 until just done (15-18 minutes for donuts)
Yields:
30 small donuts (baked in a donut pan)
20-24 muffins
3 small loaves
1 large loaf