5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.
Want to fit in s'more summer fun? Then, c'mon baby light our campfire.
Crispy graham crackers, toasted marshmallows and a few squares of chocolate traditionally create the iconic summer treat, but chef, entertainer and food blogger Heather Christo is here to introduce five new ways to reinvent the classic before the leaves and foliage decide its time for a color change.
Five Twists on the Classic S’more: Heather Christo
But wait, I’m not done yet. There is heavenly soft, shiny and sugary cloud of marshmallow cream that crowns the cake. Torched, it smells like your toasting marshmallows at the campfire. This cake is everything great about traditional s’mores, just amped up to the level of 'celebration cake.'"
2. S’mores ice cream
I folded dark chocolate chunks into the custard as it froze, and once it was scooped, I topped it with buttery graham cracker crumbles.
I like these served up best in an old fashioned sugar cone or a waffle cone."
3. Gourmet s’mores
Homemade honey graham crackers (they are indeed worth the effort!) dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. Homemade vanilla bean marshmallows toasted and squashed between the two graham cracker squares.
Sandwich in an artisanal dark chocolate bar and you have a very special s’more."
4. S’mores brownies
Eventually came an entire bag of marshmallows, which met its match under the ovens broiler.
This created a huge pan of brownies with layers of graham cracker crust, perfect brownies and crispy, fluffy, gooey, golden, toasted marshmallows. 'Nuff said."
5. S’mores cookies
You take a basic chewy chocolate chip cookie dough, and with the addition of 'mini-marshmallows' to the batter, they turn out surprisingly light, almost like a meringue.
It is the dark chocolate chunks and the buttery graham cracker crumbs on top that drive the s'mores flavor home.
They may be ugly, but they sure do taste good."
S'mores Celebration Cake
Dark Chocolate Cake
Brown Butter Graham Cracker Crust
Chocolate Fudgy Ganache Frosting
For the Brown Butter Graham Cracker Crust:
For the Dark Chocolate Cake:
For the Fudgy Ganache Frosting:
For the Marshmallow Topping:
S'mores Ice Cream
Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows
Homemade Honey Graham Crackers
Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.