"A la mode" has a French origin and is one of the earliest French phrases to have been adopted into English. Americans are familiar with this phrase as meaning "with ice cream on top or on the side."
When one hears " . . . a la mode" you think of summer-time apple pie, and although this is a delicious dessert with a long history, I have a new "a la mode" favorite to share with you! I found this recipe in my new favorite book Southern Lady ~ GRACIOUS TABLES by Phyllis Hoffman.
S'mores Brownies a la mode
Here's what you'll need . . .
1 family-size brownie mix (yields a 9x13-inch pan of brownies)
10 whole graham cracker squares, broken into small pieces
2-3 cups of miniature marshmallows
2 cups of mini chocolate chips
Vanilla ice cream
Caramel ice cream topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. I prefer HERSHEY's Triple Chocolate brand.
Pour into prepared pan. Bake 18 minutes.
Remove from oven. Sprinkle with graham cracker pieces, pressing down lightly. Sprinkle evenly with marshmallows and mini-chocolate chips.
Return to oven, and continue baking 12 - 15 minutes.
Cool, and cut into 24 squares.
To serve, place brownie square on serving plate, cover with scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.
S'mores Brownies are delicious by themselves, but just plain heavenly when paired with ice cream and a generous drizzle of buttery caramel sauce. If you prefer, or even to just save time, crumble or break the brownies into pieces and place in parfait or sundae glasses. Top with scoops of ice cream along with caramel or chocolate sauce for a sweet finish.