I had way too much testosterone in my house this past weekend. It has been one party after another and these late night bar/bat mitzvah’s leaves the kids hyper and wanting more, even at the very late hour of 11:30p.m.
Generally, what happens is whatever parent is doing the late night pick up ends up being talked into taking the whole car load home for a sleepover. Saturday night, I had 4 boys in my car plus the two that I already had at home, in bed, sleeping.
Before resting my head on the pillow that night, I took out some pop tart dough that I had in my freezer and put it in the fridge. I had been wanting to recreate this dessert I had tried a few weeks back from a local food truck. And having 6 boys in the house created the perfect time to test it out.
Before the boys woke up the next day, I rolled out the dough and baked it. I macerated some strawberries with 1 tablespoon of sugar and dash of balsamic. While the dough was still slightly warm, I layered the berries on top and drizzled some homemade chocolate sauce and homemade caramel sauce over the berries. Sprinkled with a bit of powdered sugar and I think I got pretty close to the taste of the original.
The boys enjoyed this little appetizer before their real breakfast of eggs, bacon, bagels, and frut. Then they were out the door(by 8:30 a.m.) for a paint ball party. I sure wish I had a smidge of their energy.
Chocolate Fudge Sauce
yield: 12 oz.
6 oz. half-and-half
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp. strong coffee
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• in a heavy saucepan, heat the half and half and the butter over medium heat, until hot but not boiling.
• put the chopped chocolate, coffee, and vanilla in a heat proof bowl. pour the hot liquid over the chocolate and stir unitl smooth.
• let cool slightly. leftover sauce can be poured into a heat proof, glass jar, covered tightly and stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
• bring to room temperature before using and if you like it warm, warm it up in a glass bowl set of a pot of simmering water.
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