Sunday, December 28, 2014

S'mores Pie!

 I am not a baker. Well, I have learned to make some simple breads and pizza crust, but cakes and cookies have never been my forte'. I don't really eat a lot of sweets- I like sweets but a little goes a long way for me. I had to come up with a dessert for a family function, though, and I combed through recipes until- as usual- I became quite intimidated by the precision or equipment required or the sheer expense of all the ingredients for something that might turn out quite badly. So.. I came up with my own idea.

This is a variation on a simple pie my mother made when we were kids. I don't really know many of her recipes- I could find out if I wanted to because my sister has all of her cookbooks- but I was never very impressed by food as a kid so I don't really remember many things we ate very fondly. Her 'Hershey Bar Pie' as she called it was something totally not over my head. I made it for my kids and my daughter makes it for her family. 3 ingredients and a microwave is about as simple as you can get.

S'mores pie is Hershey Bar Pie on steroids. Still very simple and still uses a microwave- and best of all does not contain any ingredients that you will have to Google! It has the gooey and the crunchy of s'mores mixed in a creamy filling and the combination is just delicious! I hope you will like it!

S'mores Pie
makes 1 8inch pie- 8-12 servings

1 8 inch graham cracker pie crust*
1 12oz bag of milk chocolate chips**, reserving 1/2 cup
1 8oz container of Cool Whip
1 cup of mini marshmallows
4 whole graham crackers
1 7oz jar of marshmallow creme

*If you don't want to buy a crust AND crackers, you can make your own crust from the crackers, sugar, and butter using this recipe.

**Semi-sweet is fine, too, if you can't find Milk Chocolate chips.

Measure out your 1/2 cup of chips and your marshmallows. Crush the graham crackers into small pieces (not pulverized, just bite-sizes). Set all that aside.

Have your pie shell ready and your container of Cool Whip open, because this next part has to be done quickly.

In a glass bowl, microwave the remaining chips for 20-40 seconds at a time, stirring in between. It should take less than a total of 2 minutes in a glass bowl since the bowl gets hot and helps the melting, but microwaves vary. You do not want to burn it! It is better to still have a few solid pieces than be burnt!

Immediately stir in the entire container of Cool Whip. Fold and stir until there is a consistency in color and texture. Stir in the chips/marshmallows/cracker pieces and fold through evenly. Transfer this to your pie crust and spread out evenly.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to set properly.

About 1 hour before serving, pour/dump the marshmallow creme over the top of the pie. You may need to microwave it for about 15 seconds to get it to pour. I did not use the full container. It is not easy to spread- it sticks to itself and to your spoon- and you- so just try to get it in a somewhat even layer over most of the center of the pie. Leave the pie setting out for about an hour and the creme to spread and settle naturally, resulting a pretty shiny coating. You can refrigerate it again after the creme settles.

Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days, but I seriously doubt it will last that long!

Sometime I will share Mother's Hershey Bar Pie recipe and all the variations we have tried! Until then, I hope you enjoy a slice or two of S'mores Pie!

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