We were looking for some foodie inspiration & stumbled upon some recipes on Pinterest that made our tummies growl! S’Mores Pudding cake, refreshing fruit popsicles, and sandcastle sandwiches. Yum! Fun to do together!
- S’Mores Pudding Cake
- 4cups (1 batch) Rich Chocolate Custard (recipe below)
- 4 sleeves graham crackers
- 3cups mini marshmallows
- 1 (13-ounce) jar marshmallow crème
- Rich Chocolate Custard
- 6ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 3tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4teaspoon salt
- 1cup cream
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/2cup sugar
- 2cups whole milk
- 1teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Smear a thin layer of chocolate custard in the center of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Cover the bottom with a layer of graham crackers and spread 1/3 (about 1 1/4 cups) of the chocolate custard on top of the crackers. Sprinkle 1 cup of mini marshmallows over the custard, and torch them lightly with a kitchen torch, until soft and browned. (You can also put them under an oven broiler for 45 seconds.) Repeat two more times and top with a final layer of graham crackers. (There will be four full layers of crackers, and three of pudding).
- Warm the marshmallow crème in the microwave or in a saucepan. Spread over the top of the icebox cake and spread while still warm. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the crackers have softened to a cakelike texture (test by inserting a thin knife along the side and bringing up a few crumbs). (This can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time, but it is best consumed with a day or two as it will get soggy if it sits too long.)
- When ready to serve, brown the top of the cake until tan and toasty with a kitchen torch or under the broiler.
- FOR THE CHOCOLATE CUSTARD Prepare the chocolate: Place the chopped chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl.
- Make a cornstarch and egg slurry: Put the cornstarch and salt together in a medium bowl and whisk to make sure there are no lumps. Slowly whisk in the cream, making sure there are no lumps. (To be really sure, reach into the bowl and gently rub out any lumps between your fingers.) Whisk in the egg yolks.
- Warm the milk: In a 3-quart (2.8-L) saucepan over medium heat, whisk the sugar into the milk. Warm for 3 to 5 minutes, until the sugar dissolves, bubbles form around the edges, and the entire surface of the milk begins to quiver. Turn off the heat.
- Temper the slurry: Pour 1 cup (240 ml) of the hot milk into the bowl with the slurry, whisking constantly. The mixture should come together smoothly, with no lumps. If you see any, add a little more liquid and whisk them out. Pour it back into the pan, counting to 10 and whisking constantly as you pour.
- Thicken the pudding: Turn the heat back on to medium and bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking frequently and vigorously, working all the angles of the pot and scraping the bottom. Continue whisking for about 5 minutes, until the custard becomes very thick and starts to boil, with large bubbles that slowly pop up to the surface. Boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
- Flavor the pudding: Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Stir the chocolate into the pudding and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk gently until the pudding is smooth and glossy and has fully absorbed the chocolate.
- Chill the pudding: Immediately pour the hot pudding into a shallow container. Place plastic wrap or buttered wax paper directly on the surface of the pudding (if you don’t like pudding skin). Cover and refrigerate.
SECOND: Fruit Popsicles via Christi Steckel
Ingredients & supplies needed:
- any fruit you desire that can be cut big enough (watermelons, mangoes, cantaloupes, honeydews, etc.)
- popsicle sticks, non-separated chopsticks, or skewers
1. Cut up your fruit into a triangle or any shape you desire (1 1/2 – 2 inch width) ! You can also use cookie cutters to create cute shapes!
2. Center a popsicle stick on the bottom of the fruit and insert midway.
3. Put it in a pan or plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes or more (if you like) to chill it!
4. Serve it with cool whip or just serve it with different decorations!
Third: Sandcastle Sandwiches via rustsunshine!
- bread slices
- “Start with two plain ham and cheese sandwiches” without the mayo!!
- “Using round cookie cutters, or glasses in various sizes, cut three circles.”
- Apply the mayo or any spread you love to the cut bread!
- We will use everything! Put the left over crust into a coffee grinder or food processor to make the breadcrumb sand!!
- Arrange the cut sandwiches from largest on the bottom to smallest on top (or any order you desire!).
- Sprinkle the breadcrumb over to make it look like a genuine sandcastle!!
- Note: rustsunshine created mini flags to add on top to show an even more realistic sandcastle!!
These were our top three recipes that we really loved! Babesta feels that it will be a great way to enjoy summer BBQs! You can also get popsicle molds and pour in your favorite drinks and fruits to create juice popsicles!
These recipes can be found on each website! Do you have any fun recipes that is different from the norm yet yummy to eat?