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S’mores Pie

We were eating at one of our favorite pizza places and I saw a S’mores dessert on their menu. I made some kind of comment about how it looked good, and that I’d get it if I wanted to look like a blimp. Since I don’t, we didn’t order it.  After looking at all that was in it, however, it didn’t even really sound that great. This revelation started me on a tangent about the problem with S’mores replica desserts. It seems like every one I’ve had tastes NOTHING like a S’more. So Kev suggested we make our own S’more dessert. So we did. The result turned out great, but there are few things I will change next time I make it to really make it awesome.

First, make a graham cracker crust:

One package from a box of organic graham crackers

1/3 cup sugar

6 Tbsp butter, melted

Grind graham crackers in a food processer until the grains are a little bigger than sugar.  Dump the ground crackers in a bowl with the sugar. Then mix in melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9″ pie plate.

Graham Cracker Crust

We then placed a layer of mini marshmallows on the pie crust. Next time we will do 2 layers of marshmallows to give it more marshmallow taste. Stick the Pie plate under a low broiler until the marshmallows turn a golden brown. Remove from the oven and pour in the pie filling.

Filling:

2 cups whipped cream (whip up about 2/3 of a small carton of heavy whipping cream and 2 Tbsp sugar until stiff)

1 1/2 cups chocolate ganache (1/3 cup heavy whipping cream brought to a boil and mixed with about 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Half Mixed Filling

Fold the ganache into the whip cream and pour mixture into the pie plate. Cover and put in the freezer for several hours or overnight. Thaw before serving with more marshmallows sprinkled on top for decoration.

S'mores Pie

We plan to get a brulee torch and brown another layer of marshmallows on top of the pie to add even more toasty flavor.

We were happy overall with the pie, but changing the amount of marshmallows and toasting them on top would make it better. I’m also thinking about making the ganache milk chocolate to stay true to a traditional S’more.


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S’mores Bars

This is a super easy, very rich, but very delicious dessert. Not as nice as sitting around a campfire making s’mores, but if you are city bound like we are, this is the next best thing. It’s so easy kids will love making it, too.

S'mores Bars

Here’s the recipe.

Here is the basic run down:

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Butter a 13×9 baking dish. Make a graham crackers crust using 1 cup melted butter, 1/3 cup sugar, about 3 cups graham cracker crumbs (2 of the packages of graham crackers inside a box-grind ’em up in a food processor). Press half the graham cracker crust into the pan. On top of this pour a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or you could do a layer of milk chocolate bars or chips). On top of the chips pour 3 cups of marshmallows, or more if you really like them. Sprinkle the rest of the graham cracker crust on top of the marshmallows and press down with a spatula. Stick it in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the marshmallows are melted. If you want to eat it hot you will have to use a spoon as it is really messy. You can let it cool completely in order to eat it as a bar, but personally I think the mess is half the fun!

Told you it was easy. 🙂

On another note, we cleaned out our guest room last night. More than twice Kevin looked at me and said “Kendra. You have a problem.” And he was usually looking at a random box of random craft stuff, some of it dating back to the early nineties. There were more bags of yarn than any one woman should probably have, in addition to five or six bags and boxes of gift wrap, gift bags, tissue paper, and ribbon. It looks like I’m going to have to start crafting. Maybe I’ll blog on that too…