08 April 2012

S'mores Hand Pies



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S'mores are kind of magical thing for me. They are full of memories in every bite and they make me love what I would normally never eat. 






Like most, s'mores were the epic camping food that somehow would make the whole trip worth while to me. Sitting next to the campfire as a kid, trying to burn my marshmallows till they were about to fall off the stick. All of my crazy family around me, Grampa smoking cigars and playing backgammon with my aunts and uncles. My mom always taking care of everyone and my grandma probably taking care of me and my sister to give my mom a break. Camping used to be a once a year tradition for my family. Go up to lake tahoe, to the same campsite every year, swim in the freezing lake, if only for a second. While those days are very far behind me, from people moving away. And from the last time we went getting snowed on and our tents collapsing on us in the early hours of the morning. I remember my sister getting the bulk of the tent falling on her, so there were tears streaming everyone. My Grampa, standing outside the tent taking photos and laughing. We ended up having to pack up our frozen things, after trying to defrost the shoes filled with snow that were left out, and staying at a hotel. Somehow a next trip never happened... My family is crazy, 100%, but they are mine and as much as I have refused to go to family functions, tell them all they are mental, it was always a good time camping and I love those crazy people.







So back to the food. Chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows. Two out of three I would generally eat. Marshmallows are something I would normally never eat. Too chalky, squishy, the after taste, everything just always seemed wrong with them to me. Admittedly the only marshmallows I have tried come in big clear packages from the grocery store, I should give those handmade ones a go.

But when you mix just those three ingredients together, add a bit of fire, it's heavenly.
 
So given that I have gone camping once in the past probably 15 years or so, I get massive cravings for s'mores. I've had them a few times outside of camping, probably in someone's back yard or over the stove in high school when we all got bored. So I new I had to do some type of s'mores-ish post for here. Now there will be more variations to come in the future. This one isn't perfect, you dont get that crunchy char from the open flame but it's the gooey marshmallow and melty chocolate that this recipe will tide me over on. 







I used mini marshmallows to stuff in the pies but I'm thinking that mixing the graham cracker crumbs and chocolate together with marshmallow fluff to create more of a batter you would scoop on to the pie would work better. Give it a go, give both a go if you are extra hungry, change it up a bit, these pies are meant to be fun. Don't take them too seriously, how could you, its marshmallow chocolate and graham crackers stuffed into a flaky shortcrust. Sugar overload loveliness









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24 comments:

Joy said...

these pies sounds awesome. love it.

Angela @ the fairy bread chronicles said...

i've never a s'more, living in australia, but these look fantastic! i love the cuteness of the little round pie crust. will definitely give these a go :)

shelly said...

I love your foto's

bunavita said...

those are awesome! ah, wanna me one at home then... :)

Karen said...

So cute!

Deb said...

A delightful ode to childhood memories! A delicious bit of whimsy, I'm charmed!

gary barbary said...

love your photos!

jen laceda said...

I LOVE!!!! This reminds me of camping under starry night skies! Of course, this pie version is much more sophisticated!

Arvén said...

Wonderful photos...and a very tasty effect :-)
I'd give everything to try them now!

fallen from flavour said...

love your photos. what cute little pies!

elisabetta said...

Beautiful and I think good too!

thelittleloaf said...

I never ate Smores growing up in the UK, but your post has instilled in me some kind of nostalgic longing for them. These little pies look absolutely perfect - gorgeous photos too.

SweetThingsTO said...

I love love love this idea!!

Rikki said...

I'm pretty sure you just described my childhood in that first paragraph there. SO many good s'mores memories. I really can't even begin to express how excited I am to make these. And your photos are perfect!

M e k i said...

am i in heaven?

BuyWoWAccount said...

They are so cute! I'd surely enjoy making these at home! Awesome indeed!

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Sneh | Cook Republic said...

This is so beautiful. My boys would go nuts with all the marhmallows :-)

Kasey said...

I adore these. I'm SO making them... but I might put nutella in them instead of chocolate.

Side note: Can I just tell you how often I should be commenting on your blog, but am just getting around to it? For shame, I know. I adore the blog for a myriad of reasons. Basically, I wanna high five you.

Kasey

MyFudo™ said...

Exciting combination...I love the pictures. Love these neat pies. Will give them a try.

Léa said...

Sooo cute - pictures stunning as always

Laura said...

Lovely blog with so many interesting and inspiring posts! Love your work:) Would you like to follow each other?

Jenny @ BAKE said...

what a brilliant idea! I bet they are completely moreish!

BakingTrish said...

Great recipe, warm kitchen, amazing photography, top blog. Keep it up.

Robyn said...

I've just found your blog, linked from caro's cakes- its beautiful,warm and messy. Being from the UK, s'mores is not something I think of, when i think of camping...but your treats look great. I am now a follower!