Saturday, February 28, 2009

Daring Dakers S'mores Style

It's Daring Bakers time! The challenge: A flourless chocolate cake and an ice-cream. My take on it: S'mores!

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE's blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.

Valentino S'mores:

Ever since I read we had to do an ice-cream to go with our cake, million flavours popped into my head. So many choices, I couldn't decide! What ended up deciding it were the leftover egg whites I had living in my fridge for a while. Most ice creams are made with yolks and I really didn't want to have more egg whites, so I decided to try to make a marshmallow ice cream! And oh boy, was that a good idea!

MARSHMALLOW ICE CREAM

  • 3 egg whites
  • 200 gr (7.1 oz) sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup milk

Start by making an italian meringue: In a pot, combine sugar and water and boil to soft-ball stage* (121ºC/ 240ºF on a candy thermometer). Wash down the inside wall of the pot with a wet pastry brush from time to time to prevent sugar crystals. When the syrup starts boiling you can start whiping the eggs whites on low speed until foamy, then increase the speed to medium, and beat until soft peaks form. Whe the syrup is at the right temperature take it out of the stove and wait until the bubbles stop. Then with the mixer running, pour the hot sugar syrup in a thin stream over the egg whites. Beat until the bowl is cold and the meringue is very glossy. Mix the meringue with the cream and milk and churn.

Notes about this ice-cream:

  • It doesn't freeze hard as a rock, it has more of a parfait consitency.
  • Don't worry about raw egg whites, they're cooked by the hot syrup
  • *Soft ball stage: At this temperature, a drop of sugar syrup dropped into cold water will form a soft, flexible ball.
  • I froze a bit of this ice-cream (without churning) and it was as great, so even if you don't have an ice-cream maker you can make this with great results.
  • Oh... and it's delicious!

And so if I had chocolate and marshmallows allready how could I not invite Graham Crackers to join the party and do a play on S'mores? It was a good thing because I've been wanting to make homemade Graham Crackers for a while, specially since I saw them on Katrina's blog. I followed this recipe with great results. I've cut mine in hearts with various sizes.

Guess I should also give you the recipe for the Valentino cake itself.

VALENTINO CAKE

  • 16 ounces (1 pound/454 grams) of semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup (1 stick) plus 2 tbsps (146 grs total) of unsalted butter
  • 5 large eggs separated

Put chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and melt, stirring often. While your chocolate butter mixture is cooling. Butter your pan and line with a parchment circle then butter the parchment. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and put into two medium/large bowls. Whip the egg whites in a medium/large grease free bowl until stiff peaks are formed (do not over-whip or the cake will be dry). With the same beater beat the egg yolks together. Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate. Fold in 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and follow with remaining 2/3rds. Fold until no white remains without deflating the batter. Pour batter into prepared pan, the batter should fill the pan 3/4 of the way full, and bake at 375ºF/190ºC. Bake for 25 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 140ºF/60ºC. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then unmold. I let mine cool completely and then cut little hearts with a cookie cutter.

And to assemble the dessert start with a heart Graham Cracker, followed by a Valentino heart topped with a quenelle of Marshmallow ice-cream. Decorate and enjoy!

So rich, sweet, creamy and wonderful. Give me s'more please!

92 comments:

Rhyleysgranny said...

Wow. Lots of style there. Great pics. I love the idea of marshmallow ice cream. How inventive can you get?
Well done :)

Lisa Michelle said...

I couldn't wait to see your post as the S'more take on the Valentino was ingenius! I'm making that marshmallow ice cream some time this week! Beautiful job, Rita!!

Maria said...

You are so creative!! I love this!! Nice job!

noble pig said...

What a great idea to do it this way....you are always so creative.

Sophie said...

I approve of your take on s'mores! Homemade grahams? Sounds too good to be true, but I know that's not the case for you :)!

Laurel said...

You're creation makes me grin big! I love the combination!!! Your marshmallow ice cream is a must-try!
Excellent work!

Kendra said...

What a inventive way to get that fabulous taste! Wonderful :)

Pearl said...

wow - that looks like it belongs in a bakery!

anna said...

As soon as I saw the words "marshmallow ice cream" I hit the bookmark button. Awesome idea! The cake definitely reminded me of a really rich candy bar so this makes perfect sense!

VeggieGirl said...

You never cease to amaze me with your creations - nice work!!

Jenny (deer eater) said...

Hi from a fellow Daring Baker (this was my first challenge).
...and now I am craving s'mores - we don't make them in Sweden, but I aquired a taste fr them while living in the States :)
I am definitely trying the marshmallow ice cream recipe!
Beautifully done!

Zita said...

Oh..Rita..marshmallow ice cream, chocolate cake and homemade graham crackers... is the best S'mores style ever! :)

Namratha said...

Marshmallow ice-cream, lovely! Liked your presentation, well done! :)

Maggie said...

Fantastic job! My eyes grew wide at the mention of marshmallow ice cream. You always have ideas I have to try!! I'd love to make an ice cream pie with graham cracker crust and this ice cream.

Dana McCauley said...

Love your s'mores interpretation! Very fun and great looking, too.

seamaiden said...

I love your interpretation and think the marshmallow ice cream sound brilliant and delicious as well. Great pics and really fun post!

-Sea

Chickiedoodle said...

What a unique idea! So pretty and inviting!

Katrina said...

Mallow Ice Cream!!! Invite me over!
Homemade graham crackers!! oh, yes, I love those!
The chocolate cake!!! That looks amazing--really, only three ingredients? THAT is what I want, right now.
Thanks for the link-i-poo!
Seriously, YUM-ME!!!

Colloquial Cook said...

I was looking at crackers recipe last night! Here's a perfect one. Gosh, you mind reader you!

Engineer Baker said...

How absolutely perfect! Now that's a s'more that I can get into. Beautiful job!

lisa (dandysugar) said...

How creative! Everything looks fabulous. I love your marshmallow ice cream, very unique. Beautiful job!

Jennifer said...

Marshmellow ice cream-are you teasing me? Love how you put it all together.

Ivy said...

Holy Marshmallow! I have gotta try making this ice cream!
ice cream and marshmallow-a perfect couple.

Elyse said...

What a great take on this challenge! So creative...and delicious! I can't wait to try this ice cream!!

Reeni♥ said...

Those are the classiest s'mores I've ever seen!! How scrumptious!!!!

Leslie said...

S'mores??? You are just to damn creative!!! Love it!

sunita said...

How wonderful!!Love that marshmallow ice cream :-)

Natashya said...

Wow! Just beautiful.
I love your interpretation of this challenge - you are just so freakin' creative! :)
I want to be your neighbour and help you out with all of your leftovers.

Heather said...

so cute and creative! love the idea of marshmallow ice cream. i'm definitely a big fan of the s'mores flavors on anything!!

Hannah said...

Now this sounds perfect! How could you do any better than marshmallow ice cream in the first place?! If only I could veganize that...

Dawn said...

I love how creative you are with each and every creation.

Tina said...

How ingenius!
I think marshmallow ice cream would just be utterly divine!
Excellent job!

Claire said...

I've been wanting to make that graham cracker recipe...might have to do it soon. The marshmallow ice cream sounds great...never heard of such! Great job on your cake (and all else!).

Chantal said...

what a great interpretation! it looks amazing!

prettytastycakes said...

great job this month! such a creative combination!

Aran said...

marshmallow ice cream? lo tengo que probar!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Stunning! Your creation looks beautiful and so scrumptious! A wonderful idea... Great job!

Cheers,

Rosa

Sara said...

Yum, this looks so tasty! What a creative idea! I am SO making that marshmallow ice cream--it sounds divine!

Rebecca said...

What a great idea! I wish I could take your cake, ice cream and graham crackers camping with me!

creativecarryout said...

How fun! I love your interpretation of the challenge!
Michelle
http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

Jaime said...

marshmallow ice cream! yum! love the heart shapes :)

Jeanine said...

What a fantastic idea...Smores...that never even crossed my mind! Your marshmallow ice cream looks fantastic! Yum!

Ingrid said...

That is AWESOME! You ROCK!!!!

I so wish I could have a bite of that. Okay I want my own.
~ingrid

HouseLewis said...

What a creative idea! I love that you thought out of the box and did something so different from everyone else. Love it!!

Tanya said...

Oh my god, Rita...this looks divine! And marshmallow ice cream? Yum! I wish there was a way for me to try some of this as it sounds simply amazing!

Amy said...

Your s'mores look so much tastier than mine - the homemade grahams are over the top. I will be trying your marshmallow ice cream recipe next time rather than use the homemade marshmallow creme. Well done!

Linda said...

Oh, WOW! I'm coming over to your house. No one could possibly pick three flavors I love together more! "Knock, knock, knock." Do you hear me knocking at the door? I'm here for dessert!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Love the idea of doing Smores Rita! That woould be so gooey and good. Oh how I wish I had some in front of me!

anjelikuh said...

S'mores, what a clever idea, well done!

gine said...

yummy :) ... and a great idea :). Love the small hearts :) XOXO from seoul!!

MeetaK said...

oh i just love your serving idea. how creative. well done!

Passionate About Baking said...

Great great dieas & wonderful ice-cream CC. Beautiful indeed!

chef_d said...

Wow....you're so creative! I love your s'mores!

Mão na Massa said...

Sinceramente, acho que estou a ficar presa ao teu blog! Quer dizer... quem não iria gostar de um blog tão fantástico, com receitas tão creativas e fotografias maravilhosas?

Bjs

natalia said...

Ciao ! How nice !! I would like to amke graham crakers too !!

minisuperbias said...

such a fabulous idea! now i have to immediately try making marshmallow ice cream :D

Elra said...

GORGEOUS!
what a beautiful presentation, delicious looking cake serve with marshmallow ice cream. Sounds divine!
Cheers,
Elra

jillian said...

What a fabulous idea! I love it!

linda said...

Love the idea of the marshmellow ice cream, very creative!
Lovely pictures too!

morgana said...

qué bonito, qué elegante, qué ligero... Qué "bocao" que le pegaba ahora mismo, de verdad. Ese conjunto tiene que ser divino.

Fran Z said...

What a fun version!

Ruth said...

This is just brillant! I love the idea of the smore. Yum!!

Madeleine said...

Helado de malvavisco (o bombones como le decimos en México) no se me hubiera ocurrido! que buena idea!!!

Me encantó tu presentación y la idea de acompañar con las galletas!!!!

Muy buen trabajo!!!

Un abrazo!

Sweet Tooth said...

What a nice idea! I never had marshmallow ice cream but I will remember it the next time I have leftover egg whites.

Zesty Cook said...

Now we are talking! This looks amazing!

Bob said...

That looks wicked good! Great job with the presentation too. :)

chou said...

Mmmm, I love this. I need to make your ice cream!

Arlette said...

very elegant desserts,
and lovely photos...

Suzana said...

Holly molly! Que belo gelado - só tu para saíres com um gelado que aproveita claras! Esse tenho eu de provar. Mesmo!

Rachel said...

You are so right about the array of flavours one can do when it comes to making an icecream. Marshmallow...that is so new to me!!!

Jenny said...

This is so inventive of you! Marshmallow ice cream really does sound amazing.

Katie Barlow said...

Oh my gosh what a great idea! I love it! It looks so yummy!

Zen Chef said...

You said... marshmallow ice-cream?
ahhhhh....my knees are shaking...

The Blonde Duck said...

Those look incredible. Yum!

lisaiscooking said...

Marshmallow ice cream sounds amazing! Great idea.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This is pure genius! I love it!

Bea said...

Perfect pairing and sooo good looking! Love that combination... your ice cream sounds great, Rita!

Katie said...

That is a pretty high class smore if I do say so myself and I would like to eat one right now!

Talita said...

I agree!! So rich, sweet, creamy and wonderful!! I love it!

Vera said...

Rita, your creations are always so original and creative!

Meg said...

Marshmallow ice cream! WOW!

Markus said...

*subscribe*
Hey fellow daring baker! Nice job! The marshmallow ice cream sounds lovely, I might just make some from that glass of egg whites getting old in the fridge.

Olivia said...

Wow...that is an intense smore.

Emily said...

Holy cow Rita! You never fail to amaze me. I like how your brain works.

Amanda said...

That's so pretty I don't think I could eat it! I wouldn't want to ruin the presentation :)

jodye said...

What a great idea, because honestly, who doesn't love a s'more? It looks delicious!!

Talita said...

Fiquei muito surpresa com seu comentário! Nunca imaginei que você fala português! Admiro demais seu blog!

Lisa said...

Clever, pretty, unusual! Nice job!

bentaygacon sabor said...

Que presentación madre mia,tiene que estar buenísimo,solo de pensar las diferentes texturas se me hace la boca agua...

Mobula said...

Que curioso!! Helado de nubes!!1
Interesante propuesta que tendré en cuenta...

Ana

Ann said...

Amazing. So creative. I feel like a pile of goo compared to you. :)

Jennifer said...

My inner Girl Scout is calling for these cookies. I can't wait to try and make them!