Better Than S'mores

An impressive dessert--and it couldn't be easier!

I haven’t stopped cooking (or taking pictures) but I have been off the blog for a while, thanks to work, runs, wedding planning, you get the picture. But I did find time to take a long weekend trip with my mom and sister to visit my aunt and uncle down in Georgia, which means I got to spend a couple of days with this gorgeous view:

The view of the lake from the backyard.
The view of the lake from the backyard.
Another shot of the dock.
Another shot of the dock.
A family of ducks came to visit every day!
A family of ducks came to visit every day!

We didn’t do much (despite what it looks like in these photos, the weather wasn’t great) but it was a wonderful chance to just sit back and relax. Not to mention the food! My Aunt Julie treated us to some great home cooking including fresh corn succotash, muesli and turkey larb (Thai-style ground turkey in lettuce wraps). Oh, and dessert! We snacked on homemade caramel corn the first night, but then were introduced to THIS:

An impressive dessert--and it couldn't be easier!
An impressive dessert–and it couldn’t be easier!

My aunt had no name for this, but so my sister christened it “better than s’mores.” And once you try it, you’ll see why. It’s a quick, easy dessert that’s warm, cold, gooey, creamy and crunchy all at once!

For this recipe you’ll need Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle (think brownie in the form of a crunchy cookie) which is sold at Costco and Ingles (the local chain near my aunt’s). I’m sure you can buy it plenty of other places, but I’m afraid to look because I don’t need that knowledge. 😉

Better Than S’mores

Serves 1 (multiply as needed!)

Ingredients

  • 1 square Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle, any variety
  • 1 scoop of ice cream (about 1/4 cup), any variety–moose tracks recommended!
  • 1 marshmallow

Steps

  1. Turn a stove burner to high and let it heat while you place the brownie brittle on a plate and top with ice cream.

    Accidental action shot of my sister dishing up ice cream.
    Accidental action shot of my sister dishing up ice cream.
  2. Stab the marshmallow diagonally with a fork. Hold it over the hot burner, turning as needed, until toasted on all sides.
    A tip from my aunt on stove-toasting marshmallows: Spear the marshmallows with the forks at an angle to help get more even toasting.
    A tip from my aunt on stove-toasting marshmallows: Spear the marshmallows with the forks at an angle so it’s easier to toast all the sides.
    My Aunt Julie showing us how to roast marshmallows over the stove. Just don't touch the burner, or you'll have quite the mess to clean up!
    My Aunt Julie showing us how to roast marshmallows over the stove. Just don’t touch the burner, or you’ll have quite the mess to clean up!

    Toast the marshmallows until they're as brown as you like.
    Toast the marshmallows until they’re as brown as you like.
  3. Carefully slide the marshmallow off the fork and onto the ice cream. Voila!

    Slide the marshmallow onto the ice cream.
    Slide the marshmallow onto the ice cream. Lots of cooks in the kitchen here!
  4. Try not to make a fool of yourself when you pick the whole thing up and eat it!

    You could use a fork or a spoon...but why not go for the whole s'mores experience?
    You could use a fork or a spoon…but why not go for the whole s’mores experience?

Believe it or not I’ve actually got a backlog of recipes to work through now, so look for some new posts soon. I’m also planning at least one more blog post from this trip–covering our visit to a working grist mill–so keep an eye out!

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