Friday, June 4, 2010

S'mores Parfait

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?


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
mini marshmallows

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!


Pam said...

Oh Marjie - my s'more loving children will really LOVE this one. Have a great weekend.

pam said...

Great idea with the parfait! Everything is better when layered in a glass! Hope you have a great weekend.

~~louise~~ said...

U R a Genius! What a Great idea. I do hope you will be bringing these to the picnic:)

I may just have a chocolate custard recipe for you. I think its custard because its made with eggs. The recipe I believe, is in a vintage Ghirardelli Chocolate recipe packet. If I find it, Marjie, I'll post it on Sunday afternoon.

Thanks for sharing. I bet those S'mores were a hit!!!

Paula said...

Oh my gosh, you come up with the best desserts ever! This is a terrific dessert, plus it looks so pretty in those dessert dishes. I do have a homemade recipe for pudding and custard (and tapioca, too), but my family likes the pudding mix (cook and serve not instant). I make pudding A LOT, so this is a great recipe for me to try. The mini marshmallows part is pure genius!

Paula said...

PS: Thanks for the gluten free tip, too!

Diane said...

What a brilliant idea, yummy Diane

SissySees said...

Great idea! The Knight would love it...

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

wow...what a delicious recipe dear ...very inviting.

buffalodick said...

I'd eat two!

Linda said...

I like this idea for a pie filling!

Tatersmama said...

Omigosh! You got me at "S'mores" !!! This looks SO good!
When I was at my sons, we experimented with chopped Reeses PB cups on the "s'mores" (instead of Hersheys bars) and they were delish too!

A.Marie said... kids would love this! :)

grace said...

this'd be much better than a pie anyway--the only drawback would be the dirty dishes. :) really great idea, marjie!