Rocky Road Cinema Tortes
Rocky Road Cinema Tortes
Try this quick and easy dessert recipe from Bake with Anna Olson.
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Technique Baking
  • Preparation Time 45 minutes
  • Cooking Time 20 minutes
  • Yield 15 servings
Ingredients
  • Brownie Base:
  • 113 grams unsweetened Chocolate, chopped
  • 1¼ cups unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup granulated Sugar
  • ¾ cup packed Light brown sugar
  • 3 large Eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Dutch process Cocoa powder, sifted
  • ½ cup Salted Peanuts
  • Marshmallow Layer:
  • 5 tablespoons Cold water
  • 2+¼ teaspoons Gelatin powder
  • 1 teaspoon Meringue powder
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup White corn syrup
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla bean paste
  • Popcorn Layer:
  • 4 cups plain popped Popcorn
  • ½ cup salted Peanuts
  • 170 grams Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Line 2 muffin tins with 15 large paper cups (or 12 extra jumbo paper liners placed on a baking tray)
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a medium saucepot over medium-low heat, stirring until melted. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the sugar and brown sugar right into the pot. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, then whisk in the vanilla. Stir in the flour and cocoa powder until evenly combined. Stir in the salted peanuts. Divide this between the paper liners and bake the brownies for about 20 minutes, until the surface of them is dull. Cool while preparing the marshmallow layer
  3. Stir 3 tablespoons of the cold water with the gelatin and the meringue powder in a large bowl or the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whip attachment and set aside
  4. Bring the remaining 2 tablespoons of water, the sugar and the corn syrup to a boil and boil uncovered and without stirring until it reaches a temperature of 240 °F on a candy thermometer While whipping, carefully pour the hot sugar into the bowl with the gelatin and whip this on high speed until tripled in volume and cooled, about 5 minutes
  5. Spoon the marshmallow into a piping bag and pipe a layer over the top of each brownie and let set at room temperature while preparing the popcorn layer
  6. Place the popcorn and peanuts in a large bowl Stir the chocolate and butter in a metal bowl placed over a pot of barely simmering water until it has melted. Pour this over the popcorn and peanuts and stir to coat (it is OK if the popcorn is not fully coated). Spoon this over the marshmallow layer of each brownie, stacking it as high as possible. Chill the tortes until the chocolate has set, about an hour before serving.
  7. The tortes will keep, refrigerated, for up to 3 days

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