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Sunday, 18 September 2011

S'more Pie

Hi Guys!! It's time for the last recipe from my Dinner Party from a few weeks back! This dessert, S'more Pie is much like a chocolate tart, but with a roasted marshmallow topping and biscuity base. Very very nice, especially with vanilla ice cream (i served it with home-made honeycomb ice cream and that was just like heaven on a plate no joke). So for this one I actually made the biscuits because I'm not sure if you can find graham crackers in Australia (I've included the recipe below). I explained all about S'mores in my dinner party post and all about graham crackers as well. I'm still to check whether they are available in Filipino shops as one of work colleagues told me, I'll double check and let you guys know and save you the trouble of making them. However it is nice to make your own, and these actually taste really nice by themselves! If you're reeaaaally not bothered, I'm pretty sure you can substitute them with digestive biscuits or even anzacs (might be a bit more crumbly using anzacs but....)



S'More Pie
Adapted from The Pastry Affair

Ingredients
Graham Cracker Crust

2 cups graham cracker crumbs (recipe below)
8 tablespoons butter, melted

Chocolate Filling
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup milk
290g dark chocolate, chopped
Pinch of salt
2 eggs, whisked
1 bag of large marshmallows (white/vanilla flavoured! - I'd get the jumbo ones from Big W)

Method
1. For the crust - Preheat oven to 160C (325F). In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter until evenly coated. Press mixture into a 9 inch pie plate. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until fragrant.


2.  For the filling - In a medium saucepan, whisk together cream and milk. Warm over medium-low heat. Add in chocolate and stir until chocolate has melted and is smooth. Slowly add whisked eggs and mix until smooth


3. Pour chocolate filling into baked pie crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until chocolate filling is set and does not move when pie is lightly shaken. Remove from oven (Mine took a bit longer, I'd use the shaking method to make sure it's done)  


4. Cut marshmallows in half. Place halves in concentric circles over the top of the pie until covered. Set oven to the grill/broil setting. Place pie under the griller/broiler and lightly toast the marshmallows. This can take anywhere from 2-5 minutes, so watch those marshmallows closely. 


5. Chill pie in the refrigerator to set for 2-3 hours.

6. To serve, spray a knife with non-stick cooking spray and cut the cold pie into slices (the pie will not cut well when warm). The pie can be eaten cold but it is best when eaten slightly warm - 7-10 seconds in the microwave will make all the difference in the world ;). Serve with ice cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce (but it really doesn't need any =P)


Graham Crackers

Ingredients
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoon molasses (you can get this in the aisle of the supermarket with honey, golden syrup, peanut butter etc.)
1/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method
1. In a food processor, mix together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the cold butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about 30 seconds or so. Add the honey, molasses, water, and vanilla. Mix until the dough startes to come together in a ball, another 30 seconds. Scrape dough out of the mixer.


2. Between 2 sheets of waxed or parchment paper, roll the dough 1/8-inch thick. Chill for at least 1 hour, until firm.

3. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Take out dough and with a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut into 2-inch squares. Arrange the crackers on parchment lined baking sheets. With a toothpick, prick several holes in each cracker. (I didn't bother with this as I knew I was gonna process the whole thing into crumbs anyway)


4. Bake for 15 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan.


5. To make the crackers into crumble, just put a few in a food processor at a time, pulse/process until completely broken down. 


And VOILA! Oh so yum slice of PIE!!


Enjoy!! =D xx

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