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Smore Shooters…Classy Enough for Adults but Kid Friendly!

Smore Shooters

These Smore Shooters are the perfect dessert for a Smore Table…classy enough for adults and kid friendly as well.  They are pretty simple and made with Marshmallow Frosting, Chocolate Glaze and Graham Cracker Crumbs.  You will need close to 1/2 cup of Graham Cracker Crumbs.  The secret to these shooters and any layered dessert (Trifle) is to be very neat and tidy with your layers.  That means making sure each layer is smoothed out evenly and touching the side of your dish but also the sides of the glass dish are kept clean.  If you slop on the side, take a cloth and wipe it otherwise the layers will not show properly because this is the visual appeal of this show stopping dessert.  For creating this layered look in the shooter glasses, put your marshmallow frosting in a piping or ziploc bag.

Marshmallow Frosting

This frosting recipe is from Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes and was featured on Martha Stewart Living.

  • Yield –  This recipe will fill 12 tall shot glasses with some leftover

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  • Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined. Use immediately.

Chocolate Glaze

I absolutely adore this recipe from the Whimsical Bakehouse by Liv and Kaye Hansen.  I was fortunate enough to visit their bakery a couple of years back and I met them both.  Their shop is incredibly cute and their bakery delights are out of this world and so creative.  Their books are a wealth of knowledge and the recipes are second to none.  I use this chocolate glaze over cupcakes, cakes and of course in the Smore Shooters.  This recipe will keep for a while in the fridge and also freezes well!

Ingredients

  • 12oz semi-sweet chocolate – chopped finely
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup

Directions

  • In saucepan on med-low heat, heat the cream until bubbles start to form – watch it very, very closely
  • Add chopped chocolate to med size bowl.  Add cream and leave it for 2 mins.  Slowly stir to melt chocolate (whisking quickly creates air bubbles)
  • Add butter and corn syrup.  If mixture is not completely melted together, put in the microwave in 10 sec intrevals.

Assembly

The secret to these shooters and any layered dessert (Trifle) is to be very neat and tidy with your layers.  That means making sure each layer is smoothed out evenly and touching the side of your dish but also the sides of the glass dish are kept clean.  If you slop on the side and above the layer you are working on, take a cloth and wipe it otherwise the layers will not show properly.  For creating this layered look in the shooter glasses, put your marshmallow frosting in a piping or ziploc bag.  The glaze can be put in a bag but it will be in almost a liquid until cooled – use either a spoon or a ziploc bag.

Layer the following: put 2 tsp of graham cracker crumbs in each glass, marshmallow frosting, chocolate glaze and then repeat. If you are using a piping bag for the frosting, just swirl it in the glass but make sure it touches the edges. Once filled to the top, garnish with graham crumbs and chocolate chips.

Enjoy and send me your comments!  Jo-Ann

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Pie for Everyone!

Summer is here and there is nothing more that celebrates summer than pies…blueberry, strawberry, cherry and of course apple pie.  I was asked to design a dessert table for a wedding that was having their reception in a rustic barn.  There is nothing more down home and rustic than a homemade pie.

With a burlap table cloth and various pies in mind I created a table fit for a bride and groom in one of the most beautiful rustic rooms with wagon wheel light fixtures, old wood floors and large barn doors to let in the sunshine.  The one idea that I tried was the Cherry Pie Pops.  These looks super cute, a little bit of work but created an amazing centerpiece.

For directions follow this link from the one an only Bakerella.  Her directions were simple to follow and it worked like a charm.  Once sealed and brushed with egg white I sprinkled course sugar to give it a bit of decoration and then tied a red ribbon around the stick to give the arrangement some color.

Cherry Pie Pops

Cherry Pie Pops

It was a stunning wedding and such fun a fun table to design and bake.  Congratulations Marjolene and Liam – I wish you nothing but sweet memories for the rest of your life.

Lemon and Chocolate Dessert Table

It is very easy to create a dessert table for a ladies event or when the guest of honor is a female. Think pink, ruffles, flowers and colors that are on the fashion runways in New York and it is pretty easy.  It also helps that I am a girl.  The challenge is when I am approached to create a dessert table for a male.  Hmm….so I had to put on my thinking cap and start to do some research.  Since my client did not like chocolate and berries together I decided on a lemon yellow and chocolate dessert table.  The lemon color would keep the table bright and crisp and the chocolate would give me some depth and dimension.

The Menu: White Chocolate Cake with Ruffle Swiss Meringue Buttercream, Chocolate Expresso Cake, Expresso Mousse Cups, Lemon Cream Puff Sliders, Lemon Meringue Tarts, White Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies, Marscapone & Lemoncello Shooters.

The techique for the Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe can be found here on Martha Stewart’s website.  A You Tube technique can also be found by Melody from Sweet & Saucy Shop in California.  This is a beautiful technique that takes some time but is very forgiving and it looks absolutely stunning for anyone’s birthday.

Smore Dessert Table – Happy Birthday Ben!

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We couldn’t resist designing a dessert table for my nephew Ben’s 5th birthday party!  It had all of the great components fitting for a Smore dessert table: lots of kids, adults, a fire pit and a spacious back yard.  Just set the fire and bring out the roasting sticks and things were ready to go.

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