Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Recipe Wednesday

We all love a good summer campfire with family and friends around.
What is the best thing to do around a camp fire? Tell stories and make Smores.
So with National Smores day this weekend, I thought I would make up a recipe for our dogs to enjoy.

This is a gluten-free recipe.  making the "graham" cracker easy to create.  The chocolate is carob so that was easy too.  Now the marshmallow was hard to do, as they are made of sugar, gelatin and corn syrup heated to very hot, whipped and then dusted in more sugar.  We don't like to give our dogs processed sugar. So I though of what might look like a marshmallow? Meringue,of course, light, fluffy and can me made with no sugar just baked egg whites and a little meringue power to make it stable .

So here is that recipe:

"Graham Cracker"
1/2 cup Buckwheat flour
1/2 Garbanzo Bean flour
1/4 Potato Starch
1/2 Tsp All Spice
2 Egg yokes
1/4 + 1 Tbs water
Mix all ingredients to make a ball.  If dough is sticky kneed in more flour.

Roll dough out to 1/4 of an inch.  Roll on to wax paper or parchment to help prevent sticking.

cut dough to make the 1 x 1 squares.

I used a pizza cutter and ruler

Prick the squares with a fork and bake for about 20 minutes turning once. 

Looking like Graham Crackers

While the  "graham crackers" bake, make the meringue.

2 Egg Whites at room temperature
1/4 tsp Meringue Powder

Make sure that ALL your utensil are clean and free from dirt, fats and water, or the egg whites will not fluff up.
Whisk the whites still fluffy and then add the meringue powder or you can use cream of tartar.
Mix until they form stiff peaks, lift the batter up and the foam should hold a point.
Now mix about 1 minute more.

Place mix in a pastry bag and pipe little "Marshmallows". You can use a  round or star tip.

Put your pastry bag in a glass to so you have both hands free to get the meringue in the bag

Since the "Marshmallows" are very small you will need only a short time to dry them out.
Bake for about 45 minutes at about 200.  Check after the first 20 minutes and adjust baking time.
These "Marshmallows" will be very crispy.
They taste like eggs, they look like puffy clouds, and they have NO SUGAR!.

Nice puffy "Marshmallows"
When all the items have cooled, now is the time to melt your carob.  
Separate your crackers in to pairs, for your Smores.
I used a spoon to spread the carob over one side of the cracker.
Place one "Marshmallow" on the carob and set aside.

Half a Smore
Smores waiting for their tops

Take the second cracker, spoon carob on it and place on the top and push down just a little.
YOU have just made a Smores for Dogs.
They are just bite size and are a TREAT.
This recipe will make just about two dozen Smores

If you have more "Marshmallows" you can make this!

Smores -et

Just leave off the top cracker and drizzle with carob. 

Boy they sure look good.
Happy Camping and Smores Day to you all!