Sunday, October 24, 2010

S'mores Brownies




One of the best parts about being a kid is roasting marshmallows over the fire. During my childhood this was a summertime ritual, like weeding the vegetable garden.
Or pulling ticks out of your hair.
Or painting yourself with calamine lotion because you have failed to steer clear of all the poison ivy lurking in the fields.







We would scour the woods in search of the best stick to roast marshmallows on. It had to be long enough to get close to the coals but short enough so you could have a prime spot over the grill. Diameter was important as well. Too narrow and the marshmallow could fall off; too thick and you would lose half the inside after poking through. And it had to be green which was perhaps the most important criteria. After all, it was okay for your marshmallow to catch fire...not your hand.







A perfectly toasted marshmallow itself was ambrosial, but the coup de gras was the heavenly s'more.






Chocolate.
Marshmallow.
Graham Cracker.







Although nothing can match the pure delight experienced in that first bite: The initial crunch of the sweet graham cracker followed immediately by the rich creamy melting chocolate and ooey gooey marshmallow all fighting for the gold medal in the Sugar High Olympics, we always managed to scarf down at least 5 or 6 before passing out from a sugar coma  realizing that wasn't such a good idea.






Nowadays in my house a bar of chocolate has a life span shorter than that of an average housefly, so we rarely manage to make them. Instead we have discovered its kissing cousin: the Brownie S'more.






And the trees are thankful.



*I'd like to thank my 4 yr old, N, for helping me style these shots :)



S'mores Brownies
*These ones I made in ramekins so I cut the bake time in half 

brownie mix
bag of marshmallows
graham crackers

Go ahead and make the brownies the way the box recommends {although I usually have to cut down on the cooking time because only half the batter makes it into the pan. Guess where the other half goes?} When there is only about 5 minutes left of baking time take them out... spread the marshmallows on top, then the graham crackers and return to the oven for the last 5 minutes. If you're Type A, go ahead and break the graham crackers before placing them atop the marshmallows. This will allow you to cut them into nice, perfect, Martha Stewart squares.

OR: don't break them...cut the brownies after they've cooled (if you can wait that long)... make a huge mess...and eat whatever is left in the pan.
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