More marshmallow madness! S’mores and s’mores pie.
Many of you may know that I have had a bit of a thing about marshmallows recently. Mainly because I made a couple of batches for a my Royal marshmallows post and as I can’t bear waste then had to think of something to do with the ones I couldn’t eat. Believe me I tried, I really did but they defeated me. I made some Home made Tunnocks tea cakes but I still had leftovers. We love s’mores, which come to think of it are just a de-constructed Tunnocks teacake, and if you have never had them the “recipe” is at the bottom of this post. Whilst being huge fun, they are however not easy to eat. Ideal for a beach bonfire, late in the evening after the BBQ is over or wonderful to share if you have a fire-pit or chiminea. What I wanted was a less messy way to eat s’mores. I hope I have found that here.This S’mores pie is a cross between a chocolate tart and lemon meringue pie. Hope you love it as much as we do. Sadly it doesn’t use up the left over marshmallows. Think I’ll have to take one for the team and force myself to eat them then!
I have adapted this pie from my version of the Chocolate and Strawberry pie featured in the 2007 movie Waitress. That recipe can be found in my book Movie Dinners. We have the beers in the fridge, a 1.1kg bag of tortilla chips (don’t ask!) and the baseball is on later. Short of getting on a plane this is as close to the US as I’m going to get for a while.
Mise en scene
graham crackers or
125g salted butter, melted
1 tbsp golden syrup
Chocolate pie filling
400g dark chocolate
300ml double cream
3 tsp coffee granules (expresso is best)
2 eggs separated
50g caster sugar
2 egg whites
1 tbsp cornflour
It’s all in the edit….
Pre heat oven to 175C Gas 3 and light a camp fire if you have one.
- Place the biscuits into a roomy bowl. Using the end of a rolling pin crush the biscuits until they resemble fine breadcrumbs.
- Melt the butter in a pan with thegolden syrup. Pour this delicious liquid over the biscuit crumbs and mix well.
- Tumble this mixture into a foil lined medium sized loose bottomed flan ring. Press down well either with your fingers or the back of a metal spoon. Refrigerate whilst you make the pie filling.
- Place the cream, milk, coffee granules and chocolate in a bowl. Set this bowl over a barely simmering pan of water. As the cream heats stir gently until the chocolate has melted and the mixture has taken on a uniform colour. Leave to cool just slightly. Separate your eggs and put aside your whites for later.
- Beat your egg yolks in a separate bowl. Add several tablespoons of the warm chocolate cream mixture to the eggs, whisking well as you do. Return this egg chocolate concoction to the chocolate cream and combine well. The cream may thicken slightly as you do this, it’s OK!
- Take your biscuit base from the fridge. Fill this with your chocolate custard and bake in the oven for between 18 and 25 minutes. The pie is done when the custard is mostly set and only the middle wobbles when shaken, please don’t smirk as you read that it’s unbecoming. Leave to cool as you make the meringue topping.
- Turn the oven up to 240c
- Whisk your egg whites until stiff peaks. Whisk in the sugar and the cornflour a tablespoon at a time. The cornflour keeps the meringue chewy and gives it a more marshmallow like texture. Tip over the chocolate use a knife to pull the meringue into peaks and bake in the oven for five minutes. Cool and serve either cold or at room temperature. Sitting round a campfire would be a fun way to enjoy this too.
If you want to you could add vanilla extract to the custard when you melt the chocolate.Spiced chocolates would work well here too, especially those containing oranges and chilli.
Straight up s’mores
Let’s get one thing straight. Football is played with a round ball. The only protections the players have are a pair of shin pads and if you happen to support the opposition a biased referee. Crystal Palace fans like me know only too well how fickle the game of football can be. Once and only once have we reached the heady heights of cup final glory, only for our hopes to be dashed and our dreams to be crushed by Manchester United.
Much as I enjoy any live sport in the UK I can say hand on heart that in the USA they know how to feed a crowd. From the tailgate parties in the car park prior to a game, outdoor sports bars on vacant lots near grounds and, a personal favourite of my younger teen, sno cones, it is bigger and better in America. Supporters of the Washington Nationals don’t have to play intestinal roulette with a dodgy pie or get third degree burns from a plastic cup of Bovril. No, they can eat authentic barbecue ribs and wash it down with beer, proper local brewed beer, as they watch the game.
I have watched American football games and had great fun but last year I fell in love with baseball. I had really never understood the game but sitting in the stadium in Washington on a warm balmy night in late July I finally got it.
Having previously been excluded from understanding baseball movies I now have a better tolerance of the genre. The sandlot is a seriously funny family movie. As a foodie the scene that made me sit up was when Ham explains to Smalls exactly how to make a S’more. What better food to eat then should you decide to watch the baseball later too.
Graham crackers (you can’t source these in the UK and they seem to have no exact equivalent. Your choice seems to be either getting someone to bring a pack back from the US or using rich tea fingers instead!)
Chocolate bars (thin ones are best – little Dairy milk bars or Nestle Animal bars are a good size)
Large marsh mallows
Camp fire, barbecue or if all else fails gas ring
It’s all in the edit.
- All right now pay attention.
- First you take the graham.
- You stick the chocolate on the graham.
- Then you roast the ‘mallow. When the ‘mallows flaming… you stick it on the chocolate
- Then cover with the other end. (trans. Put another biscuit on top.)
- Then you scarf. Kind of messy, but good!”
For fans of the very British game of Cricket The Sandlot has the most magnificent example of sledging anywhere!