Homemade S'more Pie Recipe
My wife was talking to my mother-in-law about a month ago and she was mentioning this S'mores Pie they had gotten at this restaurant. I thought this sounded delicious and wanted to come up with a way to do it in my own kitchen. I recently learned how to make my own marshmallows. Then it was matter of coming up with the right chocolate to use and finding a good graham cracker crust recipe.
The Graham Cracker Crust
This is pretty simple to make. All you need is one package of graham crackers, some butter, and sugar.
- 1 1/2 cups graham crackers (1 package of about 9-10 cracker sheets)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- pinch of kosher salt
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Start by crushing the graham crackers either in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or in a food processor. Melt the butter and add to the graham cracker crumbs, along with a 1/4 cup of sugar and a pinch of kosher salt. Mix the whole thing to combine.
Pour your mixture into your favorite pie pan. Using a glass press the mixture down so that the mixture is even distributed in the pan.
Bake in the oven for about 7 minutes until the crust has set and is slightly browned. Watch carefully so that you don't burn the edges. Cool before proceeding.
Next up, is the chocolate portion of the pie. I thought the best choice would be ganache. Ganache is basically chocolate, sugar (in this case corn syrup), and heavy cream. Vanilla extract can also be added. I choose an Alton Brown recipe for the Ganache. This recipe makes a nice, soft Ganache that is perfect for this pie. To make one pie, you only need half of the recipe, so just half everything in Alton's recipe.
- Ganache Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network
Food Network invites you to try this Ganache recipe from Alton Brown.
Adding the Chocolate to the Crust
Immediately pour the Ganache into your crust. It will firm up once it has cooled. Once it has you can move on to the final step.
Making the Marsmallow
This make sound like a difficult step, but making your own marshmallows is not as hard as it sounds. All you need is the right tools - a stand mixer and a candy thermometer. To make the marshmallows you take water, sugar, and corn syrup and heat it to 240 degrees (that's what the candy thermometer is for). You then pour that mixture into your stand mixer bowl that already contains some water and unflavored gelatin. You then beat this mixture for 15 minutes. The point is to beat air into it. Since you have to do it for 15 minutes, this is why you really need a stand mixer. Your arm and hand would probably break down before you finish it with a hand mixer. The recipe I used for the marshmallows was another one from Alton Brown.
- Homemade Marshmallows Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network
Food Network invites you to try this Homemade Marshmallows recipe from Alton Brown.
Adding the Marshmallow to the Pie
The moment your marshmallow mixture is done, you need to add it to the pie. I use a rubber spatula sprayed with some non-stick spray. You won't need the entire mixture, just use enough to fill up the rest of the pie. Work quickly as this stuff sets up fast and is really sticky. I sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar on top when I am done.
Spread the remainder out on a sheet pan covered in powdered sugar and allow to sit for 4 hours before cutting.
As for the pie, you should wait a couple hours for the marshmallow top to completely cool and firm up. If you have a kitchen torch, you can use it to brown the marshmallow top right before serving.