Well, the little boys have been disappointed for a couple of days because evening rain has prevented another fire for marshmallows and s'mores. So I decided in my own, inimitable way that I'd create the next best thing: Smore's Pie. Except that I didn't think I had time for the pie to set properly. What to do? Easy. Put it in a fancy glass, call it a parfait, and no one will think twice about it being messy after they've taken the first bit. Genius, right?
EASY S'MORES PARFAITS
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs*
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 box chocolate pudding mix - not instant!
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks
In a 4 cup measuring cup, whisk together half the milk and the egg yolks. Whisk in the pudding mix and the rest of the mix, and stir until smooth. Microwave until it thickens, 2 to 5 minutes, stopping every minute or less to stir. Set aside.
In a small bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the graham cracker crumbs (*for my gluten free friend Paula, use ground almonds instead - the kiddos won't know the difference) and sugar; stir until it holds together. Press into the bottom of 3 or 4 parfait glasses. Fill the glasses 2/3 full with mini marshmallows, then pour most of the hot pudding over them. Warning: Mini marshmallows float! So if you want the top of this dessert to be smooth, wait 5 to 10 minutes, then smooth part of the balance of the pudding over the top of each glass. Put in the fridge to cool.
I couldn't find a recipe for "real" chocolate custard, and I was too lazy to create one of my own. So I used the "cook and serve" pudding, with egg yolks to add flavor. When I get around to making a real s'mores pie (maybe), then I'll make a real filling.
Everyone have a great weekend! It looks like nice weather may be here to stay!