This week I had a fun challenge. We hosted a Tuaca launch reception at the hotel, and the night before the event I got an email asking if I could do a dessert for it. Since Tuaca is a vanilla and orange liqueur it needed to feature those flavors and oh, by the way, could I do a s'more dessert to complement the s'more cocktail that had already been designed?
No problem! I started conceptualizing the dessert by breaking down the components. S'mores are simple - graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallow. I decided to use the graham cracker sable recipe from Johnny Iuzzini's Dessert Fourplay which I knew would produce a nice thin cracker suitable for a mini dessert. Now for the chocolate. When I was a kid one of my favorite treats was my mom's homemade chocolate frosting on graham crackers. I wanted to recreate that lovely childhood memory by using my favorite dark chocolate fudge icing to fill the s'more. Mmmmmm ... bittersweet chocolate with a healthy dose of vanilla - adding some Tuaca to it was a no-brainer. So far, so good.