Since we’ve already trashed this week by starting out with beer and donuts on Monday, let’s just keep going with some S’mores Martinis and just call it booze week. You dig? I don’t know about y’all, and I know I always say this, but I sure am ready for the weekend! It’s been tough going…… Continue Reading
Mondays should always start with beer and donuts. And glaze. Lots and lots of glaze. It’s peach season after all, so shouldn’t we be living it up? We’re putting peaches in everything over here. I know you probably have an expectation of ice cream or popsicles in just about every post coming your way because…… Continue Reading
I realize that it’s still National Ice Cream Month, but it just isn’t summer in the South until you put dessert in a jar.
And yes. I meant to capitalize South. It’s a proper noun down here and we’re getting busy with our s’mores jars.
I know I’ve been smacking y’all in the face with some popsicles and ice cream. I figured we all could use a break. So I threw together some dark chocolate pudding, whipped up some marshmallow topping, broke up some graham crackers, and tossed it all together in a jar.
Down here we call that dessert.
And it’s a totally picnic worthy dessert because you put all that s’mores, dark chocolate pudding, graham crackers, and whipped marshmallow frosting in a jar. Then you top it with chocolate bar and a perfectly toasted marshmallow. Or a burnt one. That’s sometimes the way I like to roll.
The cool thing is that then you can just put a lid on it! You store it in the fridge until it’s time to go! It’s a perfect make ahead and take dessert to whatever family party or horrible family reunion you’re forced to attend.
Whisk together egg yolks and sugar in a small bowl
In a medium pot, heat milk, cornstarch, and cocoa powder until warm and steamy - do not boil - remove from heat
Slowly whisk 1/2 cup of the hot milk into the egg mixture and repeat until milk is reduced by half
Add the egg/sugar/milk mixture back into the pot with the remaining milk and bring to a light boil, stirring constantly.
Just when the bubbles begin, remove from heat, stir another 1-2 minutes
Stir in vanilla and butter until butter is melted and let cool for a few minutes
Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pass the pudding through the strainer into a bowl - this will catch any egg pieces that may have scrambled
Cover with plastic wrap so that the plastic touches the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming
Chill in refrigerator overnight
For the Marshmallow Topping
Beat butter on medium until smooth
Beat in marshmallow cream and vanilla bean paste
Break up 12 graham crackers and evenly distribute into 4 mason jars
Evenly divide the chocolate pudding between the 4 mason jars
Crumble and divide the remaining 12 graham crackers evenly on top of the pudding
Evenly top with marshmallow topping
Transfer marshmallows to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and toast under broiler for 1-2 minutes, rotate and toast another 30 seconds to a minute, turn again and toast for another 30 seconds to 1 minute
Top s'mores with toasted marshmallow and chocolate pieces
Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for later