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Saturday
Aug062011

S'mores Pie

S'mores Pie

The end of summer is sneaking up on me. I've been spending my days working as a camp counselor. It's been a fast summer. The time flies by rather quickly when working with nearly 70 elementary school aged children; there's never a dull moment with dozens of questions, flurry, and distractions thrown at you all at once. Every night I come home starving, exhausted, and in need of a dose of peace and quiet.

Even so, I wouldn't trade my job for anything in the world.

The final week of camp begins on Monday. I've grown attached to these kids and it will be hard to say goodbye. Many of them have spent most of their summer with me, too. I'll miss them when camp ends—the quiet ones, the silly ones, the troublemakers... Well, maybe not the troublemakers as much (though I suppose we do spend the most time together).

S'mores Pie

Throughout the summer, I've learned the importance of using Silly Bandz when making a fashion statement. I've been taught that Taylor Swift has song lyrics that can truly speak to the heartache and woes of 8 year old girls ("Love Story is like the story of my life."). 7 year olds can go through a mid-life crisis ("Oh, I think I need to rethink my life"), most girls are hesitant to proclaim their love for Justin Bieber until someone else does first, and it's perfectly reasonable to get into a fist fight over Pokemon cards.

Also, it is possible to lose your underwear and not notice.

I still haven't figured that one out.

S'mores Pie

Yet, the one thing that holds true about camp, no matter your age or where you are, is that s'mores will always be the number one food to make and eat. After consuming more than my fair share of s'mores over the last few months (I'll have a hard time facing marshmallows again after this summer), I decided I wanted a less messy, more "grown-up" way to enjoy one of my favorite summer treats. Now, tell me, what could be more perfect than S'mores Pie?

I originally made this pie for the sweet finale of a dinner party. Not only was it a hit, but the entire pie was demolished in only a few minutes. My sister and I were both disappointed it disappeared before we got seconds (and you will wish for seconds). When I made it again, I suggested she bring a couple friends over to enjoy the pie. She shot down that idea faster than the first pie vanished—"Share this pie? Are you joking? There's no way I'm going to share this pie."

And so we didn't share the pie. We were selfish and ate it all by ourselves. I don't even feel the least bit guilty.

The moral of the story is that some food is too good to share. This S'more Pie is one of them.

Have you ever found a food so delicious you became greedy and absolutely refused to share?

S'mores Pie

This S'mores Pie takes the classic s'more and turns it into something so much more than just a pie—it's a graham cracker, chocolate, marshmallow revelation. I actually had tears come to my eyes when I took my first bite. A buttery graham cracker crust is filled with a thick chocolate custard and topped with a layer of toasted marshmallows before being drizzled in warm chocolate sauce. The marshmallow to chocolate layer is just right—you won't overdose on sugar before you finish your slice.

Now, since I know you are going to want to make this, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. The pie is easiest to cut when chilled, but tastes best when warmed. While the s'mores pie is good when cold, it would be a real shame to eat it this way. When warmed, the pie takes on a new texture and flavor dimension. The chocolate custard holds its shape but becomes melted when it reaches your tongue. When combined with the warm toasted marshmallow, you'll understand why tears came to my eyes. Ten seconds in the microwave is all it takes to turn this pie from good to absolutely mouthwateringly I-never-want-to-swallow-because-this-tastes-so-unbelievably-heavenly amazing.

Truth.

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S'mores Pie
Adapted from How Sweet It Is

Yields 6-8 servings

Graham Cracker Crust
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).

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.

Keep oven running.

Chocolate Filling
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup milk
10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Pinch of salt
2 eggs, whisked
1 bag of large marshmallows

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.

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.

Using a kitchen shears, cut marshmallows in half. Place halves in concentric circles over the top of the pie until covered.

Set oven to broil. Place pie under the broiler and lightly toast the marshmallows. This can take anywhere from 2-5 minutes, so watch those marshmallows closely!

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

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. You will end up with a sticky mess!). While the pie can be eaten cold, it is absolutely revolutionary when slightly warmed. Heat the pie slices in a microwave for 7-10 seconds before serving for the best results. Drizzle with chocolate sauce, if desired.

S'mores Pie

Reader Comments (49)

this looks amazing!
08.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica L.
My family always makes fun of me because I prefer most baked goods warm (over room temp. or cold!), but s'mores warm is a MUST! This looks fantastic!
08.6.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
This looks kinda freaking amazing!
Wow, how delicious does this look? I am not surprised you got a little greedy about this cake, I'd do the same! Thanks for sharing... it's on my 'to bake' list!!
I've worked at camps every summer basically since I was old enough to have a job...except this summer :( This pie totally makes up for all the missed s'mores! Thank you so much for sharing this brilliant recipe! :D
08.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
I NEVER express my love for the Biebs without someone else going first...
This pie looks delicious and easy...2 things that are a must in the summer months :)
OMG!!! That looks A-MAZ-ING!!!!!! I can't wait to make this, it looks so good!
08.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
This pie looks amazing and indeed speaks for itself in its gorgeousness, but my goodness your write up has convinced me this simply MUST be made in my little kitchen sooner rather than later. I think im going to dream of it until it becomes a reality! Im in the UK however and cant get graham crackers, i know i could replace with digestives or gingersnaps n the such, but i was wondering if you have a suggestion for the best substitute? thank you! :)
I love your blog and this looks delish!
08.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterApron of Grace
Oh my, I can't to try this!
This is truly an amazing looking dessert. That chocolate filling is absolutely mouthwatering and your description of it makes me want to drop what I'm doing and whip this up!
Maria-- Hopefully this pie will bring back camp memories!

Shelly-- It's important to know your crowd. I accidentally made the mistake of mentioning my dislike for Hannah Montana in room full of pre-teen HM worshipers. It did not end well.

Sasha @ The Procrastobaker-- I lived in the UK for awhile so I feel your food pain! While gingersnaps would be delicious, I'd use Digestives to stay more true to the S'mores spirit. Even imagining a crust made of Digestives is enough to make my mouth start watering... Good question!

Apron of Grace-- Thank you!

Jess--It's pretty quick and simple to whip up.... Just sayin'. :)
08.7.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
This is the first time I see a s'mores Pie! At least I know how it looks now :)
08.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKS
WOW! What a perfect summer treat (or in the winter reminiscing of summer...)! Thank you for sharing, I am very excited to make this.
08.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterChana
Yum!!! :-)
Made this yesterday... I know what you mean about tearing up at first bite because I nearly did the same thing. It's absolutely spectacular, thanks so much for sharing this recipe!
08.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Michelle-- So glad you loved it!
08.9.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
I made this just now and managed to burn the first batch of marshmallows. Like, on fire, burned. I just ended up scraping off the gooey burnt remains and trying again. :P
08.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Laura-- It happens! I've done it before, too. There is little more depressing than a room full of flames and inedible food. At least you salvaged the pie! :)
08.10.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
This looks so delish! We are a smores family and I will be making this for sure. Just pinned it too!
08.12.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjanice
This looks SO good. I love that you are a camp counselor. I always tell my mom how thankful I am that she sent me to camp as a kid since that is where so man of my fondest memories are!
Made this yesterday for my friends....it was freakin incredible!! They loved it! Said it was the best pie they've ever had!! I have to agree :). S'mores are not a very commonly known treat here in Australia so we were very much impressed. In fact i have an empty bowl sitting next to me which has unashamedly been licked clean
08.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEesh
I made this pie this past weekend for my husband and I's first anniversary and boy was it a hit! We loved everything about it. There is one piece left in the fridge and I'm hoping I get home before he does so I can eat it all up! :) Thanks for the awesome recipe, I'll definately add it to our favorites!
08.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
Looks amazing!! Yum!
08.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDress and Dish
Yummm! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe! I absolutely loved this pie and know it's going to become a summer tradition. I absolutely understand not wanting to share!
My friend just made this pie and shared a photo and a link to your blog with me. I'm glad she did -- I love it! You've officially got a new reader.
10.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterFresh and Foodie
Fresh & Foodie-- I'm glad she did too! Happy to have you here!
10.19.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
This looks amaaaazing. I just made a s'mores pie of my own sort of invention, and I was searching for the best method to heat it up to melt the marshmallows when I found this. I'm going to be trying it.
11.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina
I have made this recipe twice since I saw it on Food Porn Daily. The first time was for someone's birthday, and after trying one piece, she didn't want to share with anyone else. The second time was for a Thanksgiving celebration last night, and everyone was eying the pie like savages. Needless to say, the pie was gone within a short time period. Thank you for this incredibly easy, incredibly delicious recipe. It will be my go-to any time I want to make something quick.
11.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGil
Gil-- Thank you so much! I know how your friend must have felt. Once I made this pie, I didn't want to share with anyone else. This pie turns people into greedy hoarders, I fear. :)
11.20.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
A. MA. ZING. amazing. I don't like pie but this recipe will have to be memorized! (especially because it is so easy) I made this with all the Thanksgiving pies, and let mr ell you, IT WAS A HIT! I almost made two... I read your story and it's cute! Thank you so so soooooo much for this recipe, I made a new rule to make it at least once a month:)
12.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJlee
I think you read my mind today...

I went on Pinterest tonight and found your recipe for Green Tea Ice Cream (which by the way looks amazing), but then stumbled across this pie after literally dreaming about making up my own s'more cake recipe all day long. I've been thinking about s'mores for days now. :) And it's a pie! And it looks like I might die if I eat it. Thank you, my life is complete.

Great photos, great blog!
01.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLe Man and Wife
I made this pie a week ago... My family and I loved it! Amazing recipe!
03.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMischa
I made this pie for my birthday, and I was so looking forward to it as it was highly recommended by yourself and others. But I have to say I was disappointed by the result. The chocolate base was sooooo rich and overwhelming, my family couldn't even finish their first slice without piling on vanilla icecream. I made sure my measurements and the type of chocolate were correct, but it seemed like there was too much chocolate for one person to handle . Not sure what happened but thanks for sharing! :)
05.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSi
I'm going to make this pie next week for my best friends birthday! I know she will just love it. It looks so good! your write up and all the comments about it convinced me that this will probably be the best pie I will ever have in my life!
05.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Gorgeous! This pie looks incredible...I love smores, in any form! :)
08.8.2012 | Unregistered Commentersara
I just discovered your blog earlier this week (courtesy from a friend who stated, "brace yourself!") I'm spending my Saturday browsing through your posts and recipes :) This one I'm definitely going to try and will give you an update on the results! Have a beautiful weekend, xo.
08.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTaelin
Just made this fantastic pie. I asked my husband to get two dessert plates - he gave me a small plate and literally pulled out the turkey platter we use at Thanksgiving, for himself! We live in Hong Kong and nobody sells Graham Crackers, but I did find Graham flour and an old recipe for Graham cracker crust that uses Graham flour and AP flour. The whole thing was delicious and delightful. We both raved about the marshmellows. Thank you so much for this great idea!
08.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Barbara
Made this yesterday for a girls night and it was a huge hit! Easy to make, delicious and truly a fun dessert. Highly recommend this recipe.
09.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbbey
This pie looks delicious! I'm making it for my boyfriend for our anniversary, and I was wondering if it would keep in the fridge for 24 hours? I have to make it in advance. Thank you so much for all the lovely recipes :)
09.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGen
Gen--I would make the pie and refrigerate it overnight, but wait until just before serving to toast the marshmallows on top. It only takes a couple minutes, but it will make a huge difference in the taste of the pie.
09.17.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
I'm thinking about making this pie in a square baking dish, and also doubling the recipe. Do you think this would be a problem? Thanks!
09.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie
Jeanie-- What size baking square baking dish? I wouldn't double it unless you were trying to make a 9 x 13 inch pan of pie. Otherwise, if you doubled it you would end up with a lot of leftover graham crackers/chocolate filling.
09.27.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
9 X 13 sounds about right, thanks!
09.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeanie
somewhat sad with this recipe :/ i
i think the baking times may have been off, but my filling did NOT turn out right. it's all gooey, definitely not creamy and smooth like pictured above. However I can say that heated up, it tastes just like my mom's old chocolate pudding which I don't mind one bit!
11.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbbey
Hey cool pie, but can I put it in a shortcrust pastry?
01.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeana
Teana-- Absolutely! Let us know if you give it a try.
01.20.2013 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
I am not usually a s'mores fan but you made it impossible to not absolutely want to make this pie! I've been thinking about it for days! So I've bought all the ingredients and ready to get down to business tomorrow! Wish me luck - hopefully I won't set the fire alarm off!
04.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnaxilicious
A perfect combination in a pie. So good looking.

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