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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
1. S’mores cake
"Three incredible layers of super moist and tender dark chocolate cake, which have a thick layer of graham cracker crumbs baked right into the cake layers! The three layers of cake and graham cracker crumbs are sandwiched together with chocolate ganache and the whole thing is then frosted with dark fudgy frosting.
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
"This ice cream has a brown butter base, which just enforces the sweet, nutty flavor of toasted marshmallows.
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
"While this has all of the traditional elements, in almost the same way - everything is just a bit 'fancier.'
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
"I started with a layer of crispy graham cracker crust. Next came my favorite dark, chewy, moist brownie recipe baked right on top of the graham crackers.
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
"Looking for cheap thrills? This is the cookie for you.
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
Serves 10 to 12
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
Makes 2 pints
Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows
Makes about 2 dozen
Homemade Honey Graham Crackers
Makes about 2 dozen
Makes 30 large brownies
Makes about 2 dozen large cookies
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This post is wonderful. Love that photo of Heather & her girls. She has some dang good s'mores recipes here :)
You're killing that baby.
That ice cream is AMAZING!! Brownies are next to try...can't wait! Thanks!!
All the new and different recipes look absolutely yummy and indescribly delicious.
Oh my gosh – the first thing I am going to do when I get home is making those brownies – they look amazing!
omg those browniessss looOok amazing!! yum is there a easier short cut recipe though ahahahahahaha..oh and maybe add a lil herbals too in it ahhahahaaha
I love this! And you are just so beautiful girl and so is your family!
Great recipes. I will probably try the ice cream first. For the author: In your first item, S'more's Cake, you said: "Torched, it smells like your toasting marshmallows at the campfire." Come on!! That should say "you're".
I love a good s'more – in fact the flavor combo is one of my faves. Love this roundup of ideas!
Can't wait to try these out, & What a fabulous website she has, a Must see! Lots of great ideas to try, already have made many of her meals & desserts, all simple and have been beyond pleased each time.
Not a big sweets fan, but this post prompted me to look at Heather's website. Saw the BLT Pasta dish and made it last night. Amazing!
I am so glad you told us about 5@5. How exciting! I am looking forward to seeing all the great ideas.
This is a strange email thread- but this cake looks AMAZING!!!!
What do we think about using marshmallow fluff on the top of that cake instead of making the meringue-type topping? It seems like it would be easier and truer to the idea of a s'more. I am making this tomorrow for my daughter's birthday and was hoping to cut down a tad on the number of steps.
Umm....where's the graham flour in the graham cracker recipe?
For those of you who, like me, are vegan (or vegetarian) and miss marshmallows, there are vegan marshmallows. Dandies are the best brand, in my opinion, and if you want to make your own there are several delicious vegan marshmallow recipes online that call for carageenan gum in place of the gelatin. In fact, in most marshmallow recipes, you can substitute gelatin for carageenan!
The kids and I made the ice cream and it turned out delightful. Great tasty cold treat during the hot weather. Plus the kids enjoyed learning about how ice cream is made.
These cookies are out of this world. This cookie recipe will be used by me again.
cool thing about smore's is you can be drunk off your can and still beable to make them...........(why is this keyboard doing that?????????????????))))))) And when your friends don't let you get close to them or the fire with a sharp stick and a half bag of marshymelons , they still taste good cold. bourbon and s'mores and who cares who s'nores.
The recipes are fabulous.. I have made many of Heather"s recipe from her web site and next only list is the s'mores cake.
I said this as a kid at camp and say it now, snuf wit smores. who wants to sit next to a hot fire in the middle of summer?
What is wrong with you people? If you don't like food, desserts, cooking, or life don't go on the websites that feature these things. These recipes look delicious, and are a creative riff for those of us who have happy memories of eating s'mores. Frankly, it would be hard for me to decide which one to make first!
Yooou are sooooo rightttttt. I wish i could mainline the stuff.
I made the s'mores brownies, they are terrific and chocolate is not my favorite. The cake is so beautiful, my next baking attempt. Have gone into the web site and had such fun looking through it with all the great and different ideas. Beautiful dinner parties and outstanding childrens birthday party. To a great future. SSJ
S'mores are overrated. Why anyone would go to all the work to eat something so mediocre is beyond me. Even my 7 and 9 year olds will make one, take a bite, and then give me the rest to eat. Yuck!
you and your kids fail
you live in iowa. talk about mediocre.
Amen! I'd rather waste my calories on something good.
you is just a cabbage crotch kid. sour puss.
Generally speaking I don't indulge in things like this because sweets just don't interest me anymore...but if I did...
2 homemade gingerbread cookies, two squares of Lindt dark chocolate with chili pepper, a large Homemade marshmallow. A S'more with serious shazaaam.
chili pepper? You must eat your dinner out of a box or a bag that has a dog on the front of it. DISGUSTING! L2Cook!
Chili pepper in chocolate is the absolute definition of divine perfection in the food world.
YOu are rude as hell.
Chili pepper in chocolate is delicious. Go eat your spaghetti-o's and leave the food talk to people who understand palate.
Kitty, so is coffee made from cat poop, so that kind blows the argument all to h3ll.
No pun intended there, Kitty...
and then i'd throw them away and do a couple of shots of bourbon as repentance.
Love chili pepper & chocolate – this sounds quite tasty!
Instead of using a piece of a chocolate bar, try a Reese's peanut butter cup....oooohhhh so rich and ooooohhhhh so yummy!!
reeces peanut butter cups made me throw up all night. or was it that vodka?
when we go camping we take marshmellows and chocolate chip cookies and make our smores that way.. saves taking candy bars in the heat. Oh and we make use of the extra marshmellows with a marshmellow fight after its dark..
I'll have what the children are having.
I only eat Smores with Godiva Chocolate
did you stick your ostentatious nose in the air as you typed that as well?
I only eat S'mores with the Queen of England.
godiva has a good nose, but her boobs are better.
I think I'm going to try to make those brownies.... Mmmmm MMmmm Mmmmmmm....
Make rice krispy treats with cocoa krispies, melt some semi sweet chocolate over a double boiler add 3 seeded and deveined habanero peppers ( diced very fine ) and a little bit of cream so it does not seize( maybe a pat of butter too) then dip the treats in the pepper chocolate and top with a graham cracker!
Are you married?
Anyone else disturbed by that young baby sucking down on chocolate frosting?
Another nutcase mom from the peanut gallery. Try focusing on the receipes. It's not about the picture.
Not really.... Unless that's your kid you shouldn't be worried...
Uhhhhmmmm ... no. Looks like you're the only one. Now doesn't that tell you something?
I am too. At that age my daughter wasn't even eating cereal!
anyone worried about the fuktard mother who worries about a baby having a fingertip's worth of any kind of sugary confection? You're the same kind of mother who lyesols every surface in the house. makes sure the child washes before and after going outside. gives the kid 47 vaccinations the moment the poor thing gets something so much as remotely resembling a sniffle... then you blame the world for the kid's inability to survive something like a cold.
better to have the kid sucking on that than your 3rd pinky.
Betyter chocolate than pot.
wtf u talk'n about missy? pot always comes first.
Better chocolate than pot.
I love sweets and adore chocolate, yet none of these recipes appeals to me. Too over-the-top sweet. Sometimes the original is the best: Graham crackers, dark chocolate slab, slightly burned marshmallow. As much as homemade marshmallows are superior to packaged, I wouldn't make them just to burn them.
Lets bake them in your oven and see what kind of lov'n comes out.
I've run a special at my restaurant that's a great twist on smores. coat jumbo marshmallows in flour then dip them in chocolate batter, roll them in graham cracker and Oreo crumbs and deep fry them. serve with vanilla ice cream
this is why americans are so fat.
please save it. Last I checked the rest of the world is quickly catching up.
Fat ass American excuses...smh...."The rest of the world is quickly catching up" what does that even mean?Oh ok it justifies your fatass indulging in another snickers bar while you frantically run your michelin man fingers across the keyboard to insult me for calling Americans fat....
No, THIS is why we're fat: http://thisiswhyyourefat.tumblr.com/
Ironically, if you go to that site right now and look, the entry at the top of the page is "S'more cupcakes."
fat's where it's at...
Yummy! I'm going to copy these recipes. Never thought about making graham crackers from scratch, I'm going to try it. BTW what cute kids.
YUM! My company make a s'mores chocolate bar- I actually had one earlier and want another, lol. I bet I could make a dark chocolate pudding pie with graham cracker crust, and broil it with mini marshmallows on top for a healthy dessert. This certainly gave me many ideas!
Here's one my son and I invented on a camping trip – "Smoreos" – a toasted marshmellow inserted inbetween the two halves of an Oreo. Yummy and easy to do!
Ooh that sounds really good! I'm a sucker for s'mores and Oreos, I will have to try that!
looks like we're making smores tonight....this looks fantastic
You can also try a S'muffin! It’s a s’more shaped like a muffin with graham cracker on the bottom, roasted marshmallow on the top and they come in a variety of different flavors like Milk chocolate, dark, cookies n crème and caramel. Check it out at http://gottahavesmore.com YUM!!!!
I googled "Smuffin" and all I got was adult videos. Talk about new uses for chocolate and marshmallow creme on a bed of Graham Crackers! Mr. Crackers has to be the most underrated p0rn0 star ever.
S'morgasms: switch the hershey's with a peanut butter cup.
This story brought to you buy Jetpuffed, honeywell and hershey chocolate.
That is quite possibly the single-most disturbing photo I have ever seen.
That mum looks like she's about to stuff both of those children in the oven and the baby looks drugged.
thank you someone for saying it before I had to!
You don't get out much, do you? SIngle most disturbing picture? Yeah, those kids look really abandoned and scared.
Go volunteer somewhere. It will fill up your day and you can focus on things that really matter in life.
Babies walk and fall down as if they are drunk. Some of them can't even walk at all. Mommies getting them high on sugar so they'll never learn to read. They'll grow up to be like Beavis and Butthead–mushy-brained, watching TV all of the time and laughing like idiots.
That mom ought to be arrested...Just kidding! Babies and little kids look like that most of the time. I don't know why. It must be hormones.
I thought she looks like a modern day June Cleaver with the female versions of Wally and the Beave.
bend that milf over the table and it'd all look much better.
You've obviously led a very sheltered life.
It does give me pause to see that she has no problem serving you food in such a close proximity to unrestrained toddler butt. That kid's a$$ is parked right in middle of her food preparation area. Now I'm not even so sure that's actually chocolate on that kid.
Here's an easy variation on S'mores that's really tasty...
Use a peanut butter cup instead of regular chocolate bar.
or a suppository
Ben Dover. What a diabolically clever name. I haven't heard that one since fifth grade, so I assume you're in fifth grade.
Yeah, that name is just juvenile.
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