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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Oven Baked S'mores Recipe

S'mores. Did you know you can make them in the oven? I admit from the outset I saw this on the Food Network recently and have had it in my mind to make them ever since.

I believe s'more are to many Americans what madeleines were to Proust, the trigger that unleashes a tide of childhood memories. For me those memories are of spending evenings around a campfire, summer camp, and summer in general. Making s'mores in the oven is great way to relive the best of your childhood (skipping over scraped knees, bullies and homework).

How to do it:

Oven Baked S'mores


Graham crackers
Mini marshmallows
Chocolate bar

Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Split graham crackers into 2 halves. Put the crackers on a parchment or Silpat lined cookie sheet and on top of each square place about 9-12 mini-marshmallows. Place in hot oven until toasty. Remove and place a couple squares of a really good chocolate bar on top of marshmallow (I used Droste 72% bittersweet). The heat from the marshmallow will melt the chocolate bar. But if you are impatient like me, place other 1/2 of graham cracker on top and stick back in the oven for a couple of moments until the chocolate warms through and melts. Press lightly to flatten marshmallows. The whole procedure from beginning to end should only take about 5 minutes or so to do, so watch carefully!

Most importantly, regardless of what quality chocolate you use, enjoy these with a friend. S'mores are way too good to eat alone (and getting messy with drippy chocolate is so much better with someone there to appreciate it).