Show Dad S’more Love with This Delicious Dessert

The heat is on and summer is in full swing.  Surely you knew a post with ice cream was coming soon.  We love ice cream at The Blind Pig Blog.  Nothing says, “Hello, Summer!” like some yummy ice cream.  However, another thing that makes us think of summer is sitting around a roaring campfire roasting marshmallows and eating s’mores.  Yumm-O! What a better idea than to combine two of summer’s favorite treats into one yummy calorie-filled treat for Dad?  Yes, of course, we will say that we just HAVE to make this dessert for Dad! So in support of dads everywhere, we will sacrifice and share with you the recipe for S’mores Ice Cream Cake.

Like most ice cream cakes, this recipe is not difficult to follow, but you do need to plan a day or two in advance.  This is not something that can just be whipped up at the last minute.  To create this delectable dessert you will need graham crackers (of course), whole toasted almonds, sugar, unsalted butter, vanilla ice cream, fudge sauce,  Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur, marshmallow crème, and miniature marshmallows.

To start you will preheat the oven to 350 degrees while you finely grind the graham crackers, toasted almonds and sugar together in a food processor. Add melted butter and process until moist crumbs form. Next press the graham mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a springform pan.  Bake the crust for about 12 minutes.  Cool the crust completely.

After crust is completely cooled, remove ice cream from the freezer and soften.  Spoon a layer of ice cream into the bottom of the crust approximately one inch thick.

You can make your own fudge sauce for the cake or cheat (which is what we did this time).  If you are cheating, empty a jar of Smucker’s Fudge Sauce into a small microwaveable bowl.  Add one ounce of Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur to the sauce and heat in the microwave for about 1 minute.  Stir together Caffe’ Borghetti and sauce until smooth.  Spoon half of the fudge sauce over the layer of ice cream.  Place the cake into the freezer for two hours.  After two hours remove the ice cream and soften again. Spoon a layer of softened ice cream on top of the bottom layer of ice cream and fudge.  Add an additional layer of fudge on top of the second layer of ice cream.  Return the cake to the freezer for 12-24 hours. You may want to save some fudge to drizzle over the top of the cake before serving.

Remove cake from freezer.  Spread a thin layer of marshmallow crème over the top of the cake.  Sprinkle the cake with mini marshmallows.  At this point you have two choices in how you would like to proceed. The first choice is to place the cake on a cookie sheet, turn on the broiler in your oven and lightly toast the marshmallows.  However, placing an ice cream cake into a warm oven sounded a little contradictory to us, so we opted for another option.  Option 2 is to use a small kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows.  We lightly toasted the marshmallows with the kitchen torch and it worked perfectly.  We did not have to worry about melting our ice cream cake in the oven and we had yummy toasted marshmallows.  We understand that everyone is not as lucky as Rhonda to have a family who gifts unique kitchen gadgets for Christmas and birthdays, so we wanted you to be informed of the oven option.

The ice cream cake after the layer of marshmallow crème is added.

Rhonda’s handy dandy kitchen torch.

The top of the cake after lightly toasting marshmallows.

After toasting, drizzle remaining fudge over the top of the toasted marshmallows.  Cut into single servings and let your family enjoy the ultimate taste of summer.

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We hope you and your dad or dads love this dessert.  If you want to make this dessert and just think of your dad while you are eating it, that’s okay too! Either way, Happy Father’s Day to all of the great dads out there.  We love you!

 

The Blind Pig Holiday Goody Basket Ideas

Blind Pig Friends!  Let us apologize for our recent absence.  We made a mad dash trip to New York to visit Piglet #1 last weekend.  We thought we would have time to get things together to send out a post this past week, but as you noticed– it never happened!  We will fill you in on our New York trip later.  Today you are getting the low down on some super Christmas baking treats!

One of  The Blind Pig’s Family favorite holiday traditions is baking and putting together our holiday goody baskets for friends and family.  It is a big event that takes days of baking and decorating to pull together. Whether you are baking for an army of baskets to be delivered to family and friends or just want one special treat to take to Grandma’s house on Christmas day, The Blind Pig Blog has you covered with lots of special treats.  Who needs sugarplums dancing in your head, when you can try one of The Blind Pig’s confections instead?

Here are our ideas that work well in a basket or for a special gift of sweetness and love.

Borghetti  Brownie Caramel Bites

We shared this delicious easy recipe with you in the fall.  Even if you are not a pro baker, you can easily pull this recipe off without a hitch!

Golden Mint Crinkles

This gem of a recipe was our number one post for 2018 and when you taste these, you will see why!  This recipe is a little time intensive, so make sure you have a few hours of time blocked out to pull this off.

Love You More Cookies

This recipe was shared with you in our Valentine post last February.  However, we have been using this for our Christmas cookies for years.  You get excellent sugar cookies for decorating everytime. Don’t forget the Irish cream in the recipe, it gives the cookies a yummy hint of chocolate.

Menta Truffles

These easy to make truffles are so rich and yummy. Your friends and family will think you purchased them from an expensive chocolatier!

Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn

This treat is great around Halloween, but we make again around the holidays.  It is great for placing in a decorative bag and handing out as a special gift.

Spiked Pecan Bars

We shared this with you right before Thanksgiving.  It would make a wonderful addition to a dessert plate for guests to nibble on after a big holiday meal.

Spirited  Chocolate Orange Bars

These versatile bars are great any time of the year.  These would work well on a dessert plate passed around for guests to pick and choose.  The flavor of chocolate paired with a hint of zesty citrus makes the dessert feel light and refreshing.

Thin Mentas

These cookies are time intensive, but a wonderful combination of mint and chocolate for any holiday celebration.

Yum Rum Balls

Our rum balls are easy to make and are an eye catching addition to any goody basket.

Espresso Fudge

If your family likes coffee and chocolate, then this easy recipe is a must to try for your holiday giving.

Whiskey Spiced Pecans

We shared this recipe with you this fall.  We made the recipe again and placed the nuts in decorative baggies to share with our goody boxes.

Do you have your holiday baking complete?  What treats do you usually make for the holidays?  We would love to hear about your ideas and preferences!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our Blind Pig Friends!  We wish you safe travels and the happiest of Christmas memories.