Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pie in the Sky

Though I don't ever remember actually consuming a Moon Pie, for some obscure reason this months Daring Bakers Challenge reminded me of the Official Cybersnack of the 21st century.

The July Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies, and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.

We had the option of choosing one or the other, or both. I opted to save the Milano cookies for a later date... watch for it!

Does Nicole sound familiar? That's because this darling daring bakestress was also the host of July's Sugar High Friday; this ambitious beauty deserves high praise!

Caramel Moon Pie
3 cups flour
½ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Blend together until sifted

With mixer on low speed, add 16 tablespoons butter (the recipe calls for 12, but I made a wonderful mistake) and mix until combined

Whisk 3 eggs, and add to mixture
Mix to incorporate
Wrap in parchment paper and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to ¼ inch
Cut with desired cutter and bake for 7-10 minutes at 375F° on greased cookie sheet, until edges begin to brown
Cool on wire rack
*If desired trim cookies with cookie cutter after baked and cooled

1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
Sprinkle gelatin over water and set aside

¼ cup water
¼ cup light Karo syrup
¾ cup sugar
In a small saucepan, bring to a boil and cook to soft-ball stage (235°)
Remove from heat

Add gelatin mixture, to syrup and let dissolve

Beat 2 egg whites until soft, add syrup and ¼ teaspoon vanilla and continue to beat until firm
Pour into high edge pan lined with foil, and greased with butter to set|
*For the amount of cookie in the above recipe, I recommend doubling the marshmallow recipe

Oh? Did you think I was going to give you my grandmother's recipe for caramel? No, that's as precious as my sweet bread recipe, and I keep it tucked away in the vault. So... prepare your own recipe for chewy caramel as desired, and let cool. Food and Paper has a great recipe posted at their site.

Place one moon shaped cookie face up
Use cookie cutter to cut out same shape in caramel and place on top of cookie, lining up with bottom shape
Use cookie cutter to cut out same shape in marshmallow and place on top of caramel, lining up with bottom two layers
Top with another cookie
Drape melted chocolate over tops and sides of cookie, smoothing as needed
*Use a wire rack with wax paper to catch chocolate
Let set

The faint cinnamon flavor lends extremely well to the combination of caramel and marshmallow and together make a wonderful treat! In the words of my sister, "Oh yeah, that's good."

19 Sweet Talkers:

The Gardner Family said...

I have never had a moon pie.. but I think I would have enjoyed this!

Evan said...

You know, its funny that you should say "Pie in the Sky" when mentioning Moon Pies, because since Mobile, AL is the original Mardi Gras location (and still the best), our city council thought it would be a great idea to lower a giant, lit up Moon Pie from a crane on New Years Eve. This thing cost thousands of dollars...it was pretty ridiculous. Check it out: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-173560

P.S. The Moon Pie company revealed a new flavor at this past year's Mardi Gras celebration, which I had to fight for: http://buttercakes.squarespace.com/blog/2009/2/22/mardi-gras-in-mobile-al-this-is-how-we-do-it.html

Frieda said...

MMmmm...never had a moon pie...I guess it's a Southern thing, but now I've gotta try it!

Naomi said...

I'm sure none of the moon pies I have had could compare to your picture perfect version. Looks great and I'm sure they taste incredible.

Anonymous said...

Your caramel moon pies look so decadent. Well done!

Hilary said...

I love your take on the challenge! I've never heard of a moon pie but it looks decadent.

Pamela said...

Those were so freakin fantastic, I ate the other two the next day and loved them all over again. The carmel was perfection.

Little Miss Cupcake said...

Wow! These look amazing! I love that you added caramel. Was considering a similar conocoction. Ended up with cherry, white choc and PB varieties but will definitely try the caramel next time!

Lisa Michelle said...

Kitty. first off..I love your new site design! Secondly...OMG, caramel..come to mama! Your mallow pies are gorgeous and that shiny, gooey caramel is killing me right now! I want one!

On another note, if you turned over my Milans in that first photo, you would laugh. One was literally curved inward so much, it looked like a half moon, and the one facing downward so you could see the top, turned out so wide, your could 'really' call it a Big Butt Biscuit! LOL Trust me, looks can be deceiving in food photography, especially when you can photoshop out the flaws..lol

The Steel City Chef said...

My girlfriend and I were just down in Tennessee, the birth place of Moon Pies, if I'm not mistaken. Seeing your chocolate caramel one inspires me to make some of my own!

wütende Bäckerfrau said...

mmmm. These look awesome. I love moon pies, haha. Your cookies look even better than moon pies. Great job!

Teenie said...

Those Moon Pies look delish! I'll have to try it (and find my own caramel recipe) ;)

The Happy Hollidays said...

It appears that I am the lucky one in the group. I can attest to the deliciousness of these moon pies! My kids and I recieved this sweet treat left on our doorstep! Thanks again Kitty!!!

Dorothy said...

I used to love Moon Pies, but the fake artificial banana variety! :D Great job with the homemade ones; they're even shaped like moons! Cute!

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