Wednesday, June 3, 2015

S'mores Pie

S'mores Pie 

S'mores Pie... one of the most magnificent desserts I think I've ever tasted... seriously! I LOVE. love. love anything s'mores!! Last fall, Lee built an awesome fire pit in our back yard. He worked so hard on it for several weekends in a row. Once he was finished, he was excited about how nice it turned out, and he was relieved to finally have it done....that's the difference between men and women, I guess, because I was most excited about having friends over and eating s'mores! HAHA.

So anyways... back to the S'mores Pie... This is not my original recipe. I found it on the Hershey's website. You can find a link to the original recipe here. How awesome is it that Hershey's has  TON of free recipes on their site featuring Hershey's chocolate products?! A little bit of heaven on earth, that's for sure. I followed the recipe pretty closely since it was my first time trying it, but I did make a few little changes. Below is how I made mine:

6 Hershey's  original candy bars
1/2 stick butter softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (or vanilla wafer crumbs)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 container marshmallow cream
1/2 teaspoon Crisco
Cooking spray

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Break up your Hershey's bars and set about 5 squares aside. Spray a 9 inch pie pan with cooking spray.

For the crust, I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer, and it worked like a charm, as always. You could use a hand mixer too if you prefer. Mix your sugar and butter together in the mixer, then add in the egg and continue mixing until the mixture is fluffy. Next add in your flour, baking powder, and cookie crumbs and mix thoroughly.

I know that S'mores are made with graham crackers, but when I got my graham crackers out and started breaking them up, they smelt kinda like cardboard. I tasted them, and they also tasted like cardboard... I'm guessing this package had probably been sitting in my cabinet since last fall, so I threw them away. I didn't have any other graham crackers at home, so I just used Vanilla Wafers. They worked great, but I am planning to try the recipe with graham crackers next time. To break up my wafers, I put them in my chopper and crushed them up. I got one of these choppers for Christmas a few years ago, and used it so much that it wore out. Then, on black Friday, I ordered a new one from Wal-Mart for $5! It is worth every penny. If you don't already have one, you should get one. It will change your life.

Once you have your sugar, butter, egg, flour, baking powder, and cookie crumbs mixed together, they should be dough-y. Split your dough mixture in half. Set one half aside. Using your fingers, flatten out one half of dough on your pie pan.

Spread your whole jar of marshmallow cream over the bottom of your pie crust. This can be a little tricky because the marshmallow is so sticky, but using a plastic spatula helps. Make sure you get some marshmallow cream in the back edges of the pie.
I didn't quite get enough marshmallow cream along the bottom outside edge
of my pie. Next time I'm going to make sure to do that. 

Next, throw in your chocolate pieces (except for the 5 or so you set aside at the beginning). Try to distribute them as evenly as you can.

Finally, take the other half of your dough and form it into a ball. Next, spread it out on a sheet of wax paper and try to form it into about a 9 inch circle on the wax paper.

Pick up your wax paper with the dough on it, flip it over on the pie, and peel off the wax paper. Press the edges of your two crust layers together.

Bake the pie for about 20-30 minutes. Once your pie is cooked, turn off the oven and let your pie cool in the oven for about 5 minutes, then remove from the oven. Once your oven is turned off and your pie is cooling, put your Crisco and remaining chocolate in a bowl. Microwave on 50% power for about 20 seconds. Make sure you watch your chocolate, and heat it on low heat. I actually burnt mine up! Luckily, I had some Hershey kisses in the house, so I melted a handful of them with some more Crisco to make my drizzle. After your mixture is heated, stir it up and drizzle over the pie.

Enjoy your pie while its warm and the marshmallow is gooey!! If you have pie left over, cover it with plastic wrap. When you're ready for another piece, stick it in the microwave for about 20 seconds on 50% power, and it becomes gooey amazing-ness once again. The pie even tastes good cooled, but it is definitely better melted.  YUM!!

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