Thursday, June 7, 2012
no bake s'more casserole..aka ice box cake..ooohh emmm geeee this was amazing..
so this did not take a good picture.. i promise i will get a better one but i hosted bunco last night and it didn't get over until after 9 or so and it was pretty dark.. and the desert had been sitting out for about an hour.. straight from the fridge it's not as gooey.. but let me tell you this is one of the most amazing desserts i have ever made!!! so i saw this recipe here.... and i thought it was a s'more casserole i didn't read the recipe right away..then while driving home i was trying to think of a dessert dish i thought most of the women in my bunco group would like.. easy on my part.. that contained chocolate.. because well i am self proclaimed chocoholic.. i don't get to eat it very often anymore but when i do i want it to be good!!!.. i immediately thought of the s'more casserole dish i had recently pinned unfortunately the recipe i pinned from pinterest turned out to be a no bake boston creme pie.. not really what i was looking for...i am sure still good all the same.. but i thought it was a s'more casserole and that is what i was set on making.... ever get that?? well i was bummed so i googled s'more casserole and nothing i saw was quite what i was thinking.. they mostly all had whole marshmallows or something similar.. and you cook the casserole toasting the marshmallow's as it where..to hot for oven toasty marshmallows..
it was 111 outside that afternoon i stopped at the grocery store..3 things i learned that afternoon 1.. NEVER go to walmart at 4:00 on friday.. 2. never go to walmart at 4:00 on a friday when it's 111 outside and 3. never do your weeks grocery shopping on a friday afternoon at 4:00 at a walmart in 111 degree heat if you don't have someone to help load your groceries in your car!! it was horrible!! you're killing me smalls!!
so the result of not finding what i wanted on the internet is i came up with my own creation!! isn't that how some of the best recipes are created?? because we envision something and just make it work!!
and luckily for me it was only about 90 or so last night and it turned out to be a lovely evening and my s'more casserole finished the night off with sweet sweet dreams..
it actually turned out better than i had hoped.. i was worried it would turn out a squishy mess.. and guess what it didn't.. the graham crackers took on the consistency of an ice cream sandwich.. the marshmallow was creamy and smooth and the chocolate ganache was decadent beyond belief.. something i would make everyday? no.. for a bbq or party where it could be kept cold until serving absofrickenlutely!!! i can see this being requested from now on for me to bring to parties!!
no bake s'more casserole
prep time: 15 minutes
chill time: 2-3 hours before serving (preferably overnight)
servings: 20 (it's so rich small pieces are best here)
1 box graham crackers
2 tubs of marshmallow creme 7 oz. (i used the $1.00 each generic brand from walmart and worked out great)
1 tub of cool whip (not frozen.. i left mine out for 15 minutes before using)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. salt
start by making your marshmallow center.. mix your marshmallow creme with the cool whip until smooth and creamy.. might take a little elbow grease.. once it's smooth and creamy add your vanilla and mix to combine.. then line the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole baking dish with some graham crackers.. i had to break some of them up them to fit..spread one-third of the marshmallow whip evenly over the graham crackers.. top with a layer of graham crackers then marshmallow again.. continue until you end up with a layer of the marshmallow on top.. make your ganache.. over medium low heat melt chips and cream until smooth.. keep stirring and once the chocolate is completely melted and the 2 ingredients are well combined turn heat off. add salt and about every 5 minutes whisk the chocolate.. for about 5-20 minutes..it had cooled but was still pourable.. i poured it over the top.. then i picked up the casserole dish and tilted it back and forth coating the entire top.. i put uncovered in the freezer for about 30 minutes.. i wanted the chocolate to set up so i could cover and it wouldn't stick.. i then removed from freezer covered and put in the fridge over night until the party.. i did not remove from fridge until ready to serve.. your first piece will be hard to get out but the rest came out perfect!! :)