Featured on Blogger’s Cook BA, Sept 2012
When I saw this No Bake S’mores pie recipe it immediately whisked me back to the late 1960s and the weekend camping trips that were a major part of my life at that time.
Camping was something that we did a lot when I was a kid. Living just outside of Philadelphia in the 1960s meant that there were lots of wooded areas and campgrounds close by. I don’t know how it is now, but in 1967 Pennsylvania was still full of wilderness areas. My parents had an old Airstream trailer and Mom would get it packed up on Friday so we could leave for parts unknown as soon as Dad got home from work.
We’d camp somewhere different every weekend, often taking my very best friend, Chris (who is now an impressively famous artist). We’d hunt for all kinds of things in the woods, fish, run around – but mostly we’d enjoy that freedom you get when you are a kid and you are camping. I liked my marshmallows just golden, and I am sure he will correct me but I think he liked his burnt. Or, maybe he just said he did because he didn’t toast them as well as I did.
We’d camp until the chilly Pennsylvania autumn forced us to stop… and I always looked forward to the next time.
This pie is so easy but it looks and tastes like a gourmet show stopper dessert. I saw it in the July issue of Bon Appetit and knew that I was going to make it. The Bon Appetit version contains coffee but I left that out and added a bit of milk chocolate because I really wanted that real S’mores flavor. In the spirit of the campfire I also let the meringue get scorched in some areas… Use a kitchen torch for this part – it works great. I use a big blue plumber’s torch – it holds a lot of propane and it makes me feel tough.
I have probably mentioned this a hundred times before but… for really good meringues you have to add the sugar very slowly. Start with a clean bowl and whisk attachment, rinse both of them well with vinegar and use room temperature egg whites. Start adding the sugar when the egg whites are frothy and look like frosted glass.
August holds the hottest days of the year and it is really easy to just forget about dessert. This pie will totally change your mind.
You can make it a few days ahead of time but don’t do the meringue until right before serving. Take THIS to your next potluck and see what happens.
- 9 whole graham crackers, ground to fine crumbs
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons Nutella
- 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 6 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½" cubes
- 1¼ cups heavy cream
- 3 large egg whites
- 1½ teaspoon Tahitian Vanilla
- ⅔ cup sugar
- Mix graham cracker crumbs and remaining ingredients until well blended. Mixture will be a little crumbly.
- Press the chocolate crumb mixture into the pie dish covering the bottom and sides.
- Chill for at least 30 minutes, or until the crust is firm.
- Heat the cream until bubbles form around the edges.
- Add the chocolate, butter, and vanilla and stir until smooth.
- Pour into the chilled crust.
- Chill about an hour, or until the ganache is set.
- Rinse the bowl and whips of your mixer with vinegar.
- Beat egg whites and vanilla until frothy.
- Slowly add sugar, a tablespoon at a time and beat until no graininess remains.
- Continue to beat the meringue until it is stiff and glossy.
- Spoon the meringue over the ganache and make spikes with the back of a spoon.
- Use a kitchen torch to brown the meringue.
- Serve immediately or chill for up to 8 hours.
- Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
9 graham crackers (one sleeve) @ 2.70 a box .68
2 tablespoons heavy cream @2.99 quart .18
2 tablespoons Nutella @ 6.99 .34
1 ounce chocolate @ 2.99 for 12oz .50
1 tablespoon unsalted butter @3,49 lb .11
12 ounces chocolate 2.99
2 tablespoons unsalted butter .22
1 1/4 cups heavy cream 2.20
3 egg whites @ 20/5.00 .75
1 tsp vanilla @ 12.99 for 8-0z $1.62
1/2 cup sugar @ 1.60 per pound .40
______________________________Total cost of recipe: $9.99
—————————————————— Per serving cost: $1.24