Thursday, August 07, 2008

Wednesday Baking: S'more Bars

I have been incessantly looking for ways to use up our surplus of s'more supplies left over from the wedding. Camping last weekend, we made s'mores both nights and barely made a tiny dent. So, when I didn't get any responses to my official "call for baked goods requests" email, I decided to be resourceful. Wait, that's a lie. I opened one of my Martha cookbooks and started scanning the dessert section. I came across a recipe for s'more bars, and a lightbulb totally went on above my head. Because I'm a cartoon character.

Anyways, I was about to commit myself to making them when I realized that we didn't have any of the ingredients it called for. I would be the ultimate punk if I chose that recipe and didn't use anything up. So, once again, I turned to the food blog search for an answer. I was pleasantly surprised at how many choices it came up with! My main criterion was that I had to purchase as few things as possible in order to make it happen. After a few tries (including some really yummy looking tarts and pies), I found S'mores Bars from Gourmet Magazine, via the Savory Notebook.

Jackpot! The only missing ingredient was mini marshmallows; we only have big ones in our stockpile. I must say, making these was the most fun I've had in the kitchen for a while! And they came out soooo well. I actually made the same mistake as the author of the Savory Notebook and forgot to put the extra cup of crumb mixture back on top before broiling, but it didn't feel like it was missing anything in the slightest. Next time I might take the crust out a minute or 2 earlier, it was just a tad on the crisp side for me. Overall though, it was a HUGE hit! I made a 9x13 pan and they were all gone by the end of the night (ok, it took a little saleswomanship to get rid of the last couple, but still...they were loved).

Ok, onto the good stuff. There were 3 easy steps. Do you want to guess what they were? Perhaps involving, say, the 3 ingredients in s'mores? By the way, is there an apostrophe in smores? S'mores? I'm taking a poll.

Anyways, first I whipped up a little graham cracker crust action. I love my food processor. This crust was much easier, for some reason, than the Bittman one. One point in the anti-Minimalist column. Interesting.

Before baking:

After baking:

While the crust was baking, I melted the chocolate. I was pretty pleased with myself and my makeshift double boiler!

Then I spread the chocolate on the crust...that part was fun!

After the chocolate was evenly spread, I poked marshmallows into it and preheated the broiler. I was all ready to write a whole post on my morbid phobia of the broiler and the lame attempts I took to overcome it while making this recipe. I'll spare you the details, and just say that when I finally just decided to try what I thought was the correct way to use it, it worked perfectly! Another kitchen lesson learned...sigh.

I let them cool for a while, then refrigerated for about an hour. SUCCESS!!

1 comment:

(wife.) said...

Note to self: don't read Amy's posts when hungry.

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