Gimme s’more cakelettes

INGREDIENTS:
makes eight 3-inch cakelettes
for graham crackers:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 Tbspn molasses
  • 4 Tbspn whole milk
  • 2 Tbspn vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups + 2 Tbspn all purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tspn baking soda
  • 3/4 tspn salt
  • 7 Tbspn butter, cold
METHOD:
  1. Whisk together the honey, molasses, milk, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  2. Place the flour, light brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a food processor and pulse until combined.
  3. Cut the butter into the food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
  4. Add the pre-mixed liquid ingredients to the food processor and pulse just until a dough begins to form.
  5. Dump the contents of the food processor out onto a lightly-floured surface and form into a rectangle. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until firm, preferably overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line a baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper or a silpat and set aside.
  7. Once chilled, work with the dough in two batches, keeping a batch in the refrigerator while working with the other. Roll the dough out thinly on a lightly-floured surface until it is about 1/8-inch thick. Cut eight 3-inch rounds of dough out and shape the rest as rectangles. Place the cut-out dough on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about one inch between each cracker.  Prick the surface of each cracker a few times with a fork.  Chill the baking sheet for 25-30 minutes.
  8. Bake the crackers in the oven for about 18-20 minutes, rotating the sheet half-way through to promote even baking. Remove from the oven when the crackers have turned brown and are slightly firm to the touch. Let cool completely.

[Tip: If you can, cut the cookie rounds slightly less than 3″ in diameter, as they’ll “grow” a little in the oven and reach 3″.]
[Tip: The original recipe calls for a 25 minute baking time, but I found this far, far too long in my temperature-accurate oven.]

for graham cracker genoise:

  • 30 gr graham crackers
  • 20 gr all purpose flour
  • 12 gr corn starch
  • 4.5 Tbspn butter
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla extract
  • 6 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 88 gr sugar
  • 2 Tbspn water

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Prepare a quarter sheet pan, lined with parchment paper and then lightly greased and floured.
  2. In a food processor, grind the graham crackers into a fine powder.
  3. Combine the powdered graham crackers with the flour and cornstarch and set aside.
  4. On the stove, heat the butter until the solids drop to the bottom and begin to brown. Remove from heat immediately and strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove the solids. Add the vanilla extract to the liquid butter and keep warm.
  5. In a mixer bowl over simmering water, combine the egg yolks and the sugar. Whisk constantly until the mixture is almost hot to the touch.
  6. Transfer the warmed egg yolks and sugar to the mixer and whisk on high for five minutes.
  7. Add the water to the eggs and sugar, and whisk briefly on medium to combine.
  8. Using a large balloon whisk, fold in the graham cracker and flour mixture to the eggs in two parts.
  9. Fold in the melted butter and vanilla to the batter in two parts. Do not overmix!
  10. Immediately pour the batter onto the prepared pan. Smooth out the batter so that it’s about 1/2-inch thick. The batter may not fill the whole pan–that’s okay.
  11. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the cake is golden and the top springs back when lightly pressed. Remove from oven and cool.
  12. Prepare a silpat on a baking sheet or line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Line eight 3 x 2″ cake rings with parchment paper and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Once the genoise is cool, cut out eight 3-inch circles of cake and fit them into the bottom of the cake rings. Set aside.

for chocolate souffle cake:

  • 6 Tbspn butter
  • 7 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 eggs, separated.
  • 3 oz. sugar, divided into equal parts (1.5 oz x2)
  • pinch of salt

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 165 degrees C.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the dark chocolate, whisking until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to let cool briefly.
  3. In a mixer using the whisk attachment, whisk together the egg yolks and 1.5 oz of sugar on high until light, fluffy, and triple in volume, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Fold the chocolate mixture into the whipped egg yolks.
  5. In a separate bowl, either by hand or using a mixer, whisk the egg whites. Start on medium low until the surface of the egg whites are covered in foam.  Then increase the speed to medium high, gradually add the remainder of the sugar and whisk until the egg whites hold medium stiff and glossy peaks.
  6. Fold a third of the egg whites into the chocolate and yolk mixture. Then gently! fold the remaining whites in until there are no streaks visible.
  7. Immediately divide the batter into the eight cake rings on top of the graham cracker genoise layer at the bottom.
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the tops of the cakes are no longer shiny, but do not allow the cakes to puff up and “souffle”! Remove the cakes from the oven immediately and let cool completely, preferably overnight. They will continue to firm up while they cool.

for dark chocolate ganache:

  • 3 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2.5 oz. heavy cream
  • 1 Tbspn butter
  • 1 Tbspn chocolate liqueur, optional

METHOD:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, bring the heavy cream and butter to just barely a simmer.
  3. Pour the simmering cream mixture onto the prepared chocolate. Let sit for two minutes.
  4. Whisk the chocolate and cream until completely smooth. Then whisk in the chocolate liqueur, if using.
  5. Spread a layer of the ganache onto each round graham cracker. Let cool at room temperature for about an hour, until the ganache is no longer liquid. If a softer cookie is desired for the cake, let the graham crackers sit uncovered for about a day; otherwise for a crisper cookie, use immediately or store in an airtight container.

for Italian meringue:

  • 11 oz. sugar (~310 grams)
  • 5 oz. water (~140 grams)
  • 150 gr egg whites (~5 egg whites)
  • pinch of cream of tartar, optional

METHOD:

  1. Combine water and sugar in a small pot over medium-high heat. Without stirring, bring to a boil and let cook until the temperature reaches 115 degrees C.
  2. Meanwhile, place the egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixer bowl. With the whisk attachment, begin whisking the egg whites when the syrup begins to bubble on the stove. Start whisking on medium low until the whites begin to foam all over, then increase speed to medium high. Whisk until medium stiff peaks form and stop.
  3. Once the syrup has reached 115 degrees C (soft ball stage) and the whites have been whipped to soft peaks, gradually pour the syrup in a small stream into the egg whites, whisking on medium high continuously. Be careful not to allow the sugar syrup to fall on the beaters.
  4. Continue whisking until the bowl of the mixer is at body temperature and not warm to the touch anymore.
  5. Unmold the genoise and chocolate souffle cakelettes. Spoon about a tablespoon or two of the Italian meringue on top of each cakelette and top with a prepared chocolate ganache-covered graham cracker round.
  6. Frost the outside of each cakelette with meringue. Using a blow torch, brown the meringue. Serve at room temperature but store in the refrigerator.
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