Cupcakes S’more!

It is really starting to feel like summer, and what I love to do in the summer is go camping, eat hotdogs on a stick and eat s’mores! I usually stock up on cute bandanas to keep my hair up and Hershey’s chocolate bars (because the old-fashioned way is usually better).  😉 What is a s’more without Hershey’s chocolate?! Who are these people trying to kid with their ganache and fancy chocolate lingo?! I love those things too, but there is a time and a place for these things! Keep it simple and classy!

For these cupcakes I wanted to stay true to the classic s’more. I used Honey Made Graham Crackers, Hershey’s chocolate and marshmallows! The cupcake is actually made with graham crumbs, about 3/4 graham and 1/4 flour, and it is really, really good!

So, you will need…

*makes 24 cupcakes s’more!

  • 1/2 C. Cake Flour
  • 1 1/2 C. Graham Cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Eggs, separated
  • 8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 C. granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 C. Milk, whole milk is the best for this recipe
  • 1 bag Marshmallows
  • 4 Hershey’s Chocolate Bars, regular size

Here was my process…

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line two muffin pans with parchment liners.
  2. In a medium bowl combine cake flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl beat EGG WHITES until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  5. Add EGG YOLKS and vanilla to butter mixture, and beat on low speed until everything is well incorporated.
  6. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients and the milk. Beat until well combined.
  7. BEAT in the egg whites, do not fold them in, this helps keep the cupcakes from drying out and being too dense.
  8. Spoon batter into prepared pans, about 2/3 full.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-17 minutes.
  10. At 12 minutes, pull out cupcakes and stick a piece of Hershey’s chocolate into the center, return to oven and let bake another 3-5 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  12. Once room temperature, take marshmallows and place them on top of the cupcakes. Return to oven and let the marshmallows brown, like they would at a campfire!
  13. Remove from oven, place another piece of chocolate into the top of the marshmallow allowing them to melt like it would on a real S’more.

These are AWESOME!

Happy Baking!

Vanilla Bean Cream Puffs (Choux Pastry)

Who doesn’t love a good Cream Puff?! For years I have wanted to make these but again, I thought it was going to be wicked hard. Turns out it is actually really easy. The Choux Pastry was the part that seemed daunting, but I found a few great recipes, and just made a dough using parts of the recipes I found. Trial and error! The first batch fell, but the second and third turned out beautifully. I found that the key to these beautiful puffs was milk! I prefer the texture and taste of the puffs much better than other recipes that don’t call for milk. They also didn’t brown as quickly. Success!

For the cream filling I made a Vanilla Bean whipped cream. It added the perfect amount of flavor to this light and airy delight.These are fun, and easy and you probably deserve to have them right now. I think these are the new bonbons! I would much rather sit around in my unmentionables eating these cream puffs than a box of bonbons. Bonbons are so 1994, in a bad way. Cream puffs are a lovely marriage of light and air pastry perfection and sexy whipped cream, with a dash of ladylike elegance that only the ground vanilla bean can offer. Cream puffs are the new sexy. 😉

So, you will need…

*Makes 30-35 puffs

  • 1/2 C. Whole Milk
  • 1/2 C. Water
  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 C. All-Purpose Flour, always unbleached
  • 4 Eggs, room temperature

Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

  • 1 C. Heavy Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Vanilla Bean

Here was my process…

  1. In a medium saucepan bring the milk, water, butter and salt to a boil.
  2. Once butter is completely melted, remove from heat.
  3. Add flour all at once and stir quickly using a beautiful wooden spoon until blended.
  4. Return the pan to heat and stir rapidly until the dough pulls away from the sides of the sauce pan and forms a ball.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool to 140 degrees, about 4-5 minutes.
  6. In a smaller bowl whisk 1 egg, and add it to the cooled dough. (the dough will separate and get shiny after you add each egg, but keep stirring and it turns back into a nice smooth batter). Stir until blended.
  7. Add the remaining eggs, whisking them one at a time, and adding them one at a time. Stirring each until well incorporated.
  8. Let the dough cool for another 10 minutes or so before putting it in your piping (pastry) bag.
  9. Once cooled, fill your piping bag, and for each puff pipe out 1Tbsp of dough (some will call it paste), about 2 inches apart to allow for spreading.
  10. Bake puffs, one sheet at a time, at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes. Then reduce heat to 375 degrees F and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until golden brown in color.
  11. Remove the puffs from the oven and immediately poke the sides with a toothpick to let the steam escape. Don’t worry, they will not collapse on you!
  12. Return the tray to the oven, turn the oven off ( leaving the door open) and allow the puffs to dry out for 10-15 minutes.
  13. Let cool completely before filling!

For the whipped cream simply combine the heavy cream, confectioners sugar, vanilla and ground vanilla bean in a bowl and beat on medium-high with hand mixer, or stand up mixer until medium peaks form.

Once the puffs are cool, fill your pastry bag with the whipped cream, and gently insert the tip of the bag into the puff and pipe it full of cream. You will feel the puffs get full, and when you see the cream start to show, you know the puff is full!

These are super fun to make and they are also great for any occasion. A wedding, baby shower, birthday, dessert party, pajama party… literally anytime is a good time for a cream puff!

Happy Baking!