The comfort of life’s essentials: food, fire, and friendships.Julia Child
Cooking over a campfire brings back the memories of childhood. Times when we stretched our imaginations while staring up at the stars. When we listened to the crackling wood of the fire and smelled the aromas of dinner percolating over the grill and coals. Oh, and then those ooey-gooey toasted marshmallows squeezed between some graham crackers and a thick piece of chocolate, all melting in your hands before it made it to your mouth. Simple goodness. Simpler times.
You, too, can create this childhood feeling for your friends and family in your own backyard or kitchen oven. For this Sunday’s dinner dessert, I’m recreating a skillet brownie with vanilla ice cream, prepared and cooked in a personalized cast iron skillet! The brownies by themselves are so decadently rich with chocolate, it’s even an ideal recipe on it’s own.
This skillet brownie recipe can be made completely over the coals or over the stovetop and finished in the oven. The ingredients double well for a larger crowd.What makes this recipe truly fun and nostalgic is the personal-sized 6-inch cast iron skillet.
After you purchase one, make sure to “season” it. Here are some pointers:
A good vanilla ice cream is the “icing on the cake,” and I’m sharing my favorite one, which pairs amazingly well with this brownie.
Special Note: The dark, mouth-melting, warm, chocolate brownie and the cold creaminess of the vanilla ice cream will leave you with an irresistible taste of heaven on earth, tempting you to eat more and more. So, don’t be surprised if some of those “shared” pans become someone’s personal dessert alone. They’re just that amazing!
Serves: 8 (from 2 6-inch skillets)
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
7 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup salted butter, plus more, melted, for greasing skillet
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 large eggs
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
Vanilla Ice Cream (See recipe below)
HOMEMADE VANILLA ICE CREAM
1-1/4 cups heavy cream
2-1/4 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
3/4 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
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