Bourbon Bacon S’mores
American Social in Ft. Lauderdale has refashioned a camp-site staple by adding bourbon and a savory slab of bacon to the traditional S’mores recipe. S’mores are campfire favorites because of their ease of preparation, but when you want to make a camping trip even more special, consider taking the time to make the homemade graham crackers and/or marshmallows before your next trip and bring them along. They are truly worth the work. You could also serve these as dessert at a summer party when you want to “wow” your guests.
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Homemade Bourbon Pecan Marshmallows Ingredients:
3 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold bourbon
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large egg whites
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup candied pecans (chopped)
1. Oil a 9 x 13 baking pan and sprinkle on powdered sugar generously to cover and coat entirely (including side walls). Set aside. Combine 1/2 cup cold water and 3 1/2 packs of gelatin and whip until resembling egg whites.
2. In a medium pot, combine sugar, bourbon, syrup and salt. Heat over low heat and whisk until sugar is dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Turn heat up to medium and let sugar come to a boil. It will bubble up, so be careful so that it does not overflow. Let it boil for 8-12 minutes, until it reaches 240 degrees F. The mixture will appear to be a light brown color, but the marshmallows will still be white.
3. Once mixture is at 240 degrees F, turn off heat and gently pour it in the mixer over the gelatin mixing at a low speed. Once all of the sugar has been added, turn the mixer to high and beat for 6-8 minutes. It should grow in size to be white and fluffy. About 3-4 minutes in, add the egg whites to a separate bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Once stiff peaks are formed, combine egg whites, candied pecans and vanilla extract to the sugar/gelatin mixture and fold together.
4. Transfer to greased sugared baking pan from before. Spread mixture evenly, to make sure all marshmallows are same size and allow to sit for 3-5 hours. Cut to desired size and coat in powdered sugar. Transfer to cover plastic container and label. Do not refrigerate.
Homemade Graham Crackers Ingredients:
2 ¼ cups white, whole wheat flour
½ cup packed brown sugar
13/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
7 tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces
3 tbsp. cold water
3 tbsp. molasses
1 tsp. vanilla
1. Combine the dry ingredients and mix. Next, cut the cold butter into small pieces and using your fingertips, work the butter into the dry ingredients until it is well combined, you can use a food processor.
2. Stir in the cold water, molasses and vanilla. If the dough is too dry, add a little more cold water a teaspoon at a time. Continue to combine with your fingers.
3. Gather the dough into a ball and cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes. Refrigerating will help make the dough less sticky when rolling it out. You could skip the refrigeration part, you’ll just need more flour when rolling the dough.
4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Flatten and roll the dough onto the parchment paper to the thickness you desire, approximately 1Ž4 inches. You may need to use some flour to keep dough from sticking to the rolling pin.
5. Using a pizza cutter cut through dough into 2” x 2” don’t worry they will bake back together. Using back of a wood skewer or fork poke 4 – 6 holes in each square.
Bake 7 -8 minutes then remove and brush with melted butter and generously coat with cinnamon sugar. Return to oven for 6 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and quickly transfer from pan so not to burn. Allow to cool.
Ingredients for S’mores:
8 ea. 2” x 2” graham cracker squares
8 slices of cooked, crisp applewood bacon
1 large Godiva sea salt and dark chocolate bar
4 homemade bourbon pecan marshmallows
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Place all graham crackers sugar side down and top with one square each of chocolate
3. Place in oven for 4 minutes or until chocolate begins to melt
4. Gently brown marshmallow on all 6 sides
5. Remove graham crackers from oven and top half with toasted marshmallows
6. Chop each slice of bacon in thirds and top marshmallows
7. Place remaining four grahams with chocolate atop bacon