I was planning on making S'mores cupcakes this evening, however I'm currently falling short of a kitchen torch.
My boyfriend is swinging by Bed Bath and Beyond to see if they have one there -- and even if not I know that you can put them in the broiler (if you're very careful).
But I really am not too sure about the broiler idea, and am hoping the store has one, but my question is:
How does the toasted frosting on top change the taste? Does it bring out more flavor or really give it that S'mores flavor? Or does it not make a different but more or less for presentation?
I know I could do them without if I can't get a kitchen torch, but I'd really like to do it all if I can and am just curious if there's a difference between the toasted and non.
I hope you found your torch. I got a little one about the size of a pen light from Lowes. It wasn't very expensive and it is really easy to store.
It definitely changes the taste. The browned parts are caramelized sugar.
scp1127, Thanks for info on how it changes the flavor!
amaryllis756, My boyfriend was able to get a kitchen torch at Bed Bath and Beyond. I love it and really enjoyed using it lol
I made the cupcakes, but, while they were good, I think I want do do a few tweaks as I would like it to try to mimic a Smore a little more as it didn't really pull together as I would have liked and try to get the flavors I was looking for (though maybe it's not possible, but I do want to tweak and try).
Martha Stewart's s'more cupcakes are really good and you still get to torch them. It's on her website.
I use Trophy Cupcake's recipe for s'mores (that may be the same as Martha Stewarts because she featured the bakery on her show). They really are exceptional tasting cupcakes. The torched frosting makes all the difference and really ends up tasting like real s'mores.
Is there a reason you can't just set them under the broiler for a few seconds? That's what I do and they come out perfect. Just like a toasted marshmallow!
Before I got a torch, I tried the broiler. It just melted the icing. Then hubby tried a propane torch, it melted before browning because the torch doesn't get hot enough. The butane kitchen torch works great and I have found no other method to make it work.
The kitchen torch is so precise that I can toast the tops in tulip liners.
I can see that happening Cheatize. I usually put mine on low broiler, several inches from the top. It gives it a nice even toast.