I’m kind of a S’mores expert. No, I was never a Girl Scout, but I dated someone who was; not recently–in middle school. I love all of the textural differences that I can feel and taste in a good S’mores. We introduced two versions of S’mores into our truffle line a few year back—Dark and Milk chocolate. They were hits! We are always experimenting with new ways to ‘play’ with S’mores recipes.
Mary Jo (our senior chocolatier) surprised all of us with this recipe one afternoon for a birthday celebration. It has all the goodness of the old fashioned campfire version, but kind of all gussied up. It starts with a great graham cracker crust and a luscious homemade honey-chocolate pudding filling (none of the packaged stuff please). The only thing remaining is to top it all off with mini marshmallows and quickly broil to brown the tops. It’s is an impressive show-stopping dessert. Serve it while the marshmallows are still warm, soft and gooey.
For the graham cracker crusts:
1-1/2 cups crushed graham crackers, about 10 crackers
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the chocolate pudding:
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon strong, cold coffee
1/2 cup raw, unfiltered honey
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup Choclatique Black Onyx Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Choclatique Private Reserve Dark Chocolate (64%), finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups of mini marshmallows
To make the tart shells:
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- Break up the graham crackers and drop into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process the crackers until ground.
- Drizzle in the melted butter, granulated sugar and extracts, pulsing until the mixture looks like wet sand.
- Transfer the graham crackers to 4 4-to 5-inch-tart pans (or one pie pan) and press to form a crust all the way to the top ridge of the pan. The crust should be an even thickness around each tart pan.
- Bake until crisp and the crust is just beginning to brown, about 7 to 10 minutes. Cool the crusts completely before filling.
To make the pudding:
- In a medium saucepan add the milk, cream, cold coffee and honey and whisk in the cornstarch, followed by the cocoa powder and salt until it is well incorporated. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking until the pudding thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the semisweet chocolate and vanilla extract.
- Pour into the cooled tart shells and chill. Cover pudding surfaces with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Chill at least 1-1/2 to 2 hours to allow the pudding to set.
- Just before serving, preheat your broiler. Top the pudding tarts with the marshmallows, covering the entire tart surfaces. Broil the marshmallows 4 inches under the broiler until the tops are golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Watch them closely because they burn quickly! Serve immediately.
ChefSecret: Personally I like to use a kitchen torch to brown the marshmallows because I can control the browning process without getting the whole pudding part of the pie too hot. You can purchase an inexpensive kitchen torch at Target, most kitchen outlets and online. You’ll find it has a lot of other convenient uses around the kitchen as well.