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I love s’mores. Who doesn’t, really? But I do not like camping, so the opportunities to indulge in said chocolatey, mashmallowy treats shrinks significantly. Until now that is! Through my digital stalking of a number of prominent food bloggers, I came across a recipe that is so inherently perfect, so attainable, I was ashamed that I hadn’t thought of it before… s’mores pie!


Yes, I was mildly excited, so I decided to give it a shot as a welcome-to-SF treat for my little brother when he visited last month. I had the chocolate and the sugar and the candy thermometer. Everything was going well until I went renegade and made a crumbly almond meal crust and put it all into my tart pan. Oh, lord. My proportions were a little wrong, but I wasn’t going to let that deter me. I steamed right ahead, working diligently until it came time for the marshmallows… I used the raw natural cane sugar I keep in the house, which, while delicious, will not yield pure white marshmallows – so I ended up with a beigey syrupy mess! And I neglected to consider one minor detail… I had no hand mixer and marshmallows are practically impossible to make by hand! I gave it a valiant effort, but ended up with a very weird situation. It was tasty enough, but I wasn’t satisfied so I vowed to give it a second go!

Flash forward a couple weeks to when my ego had mended, I had received a hand mixer as a wildly thoughtful gift from an old NYC friend, and my talented SF pal invited us over for a mini dinner party of slow-cooked brisket and greens. A-ha, I thought, what a perfect opportunity to try that damned s’mores pie again! And this time, I was going to do it right.

Started out with a handful of graham crackers…

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Still working through L.A. piccies, but I just couldn’t wait to share process piccies of the chocolate cream pie I made last night!

I was feeling a little under the weather (travelling usually does that to me), so I spent much of the day laying around on the couch, watching movies. Of course, I ended up watching Julie & Julia again and was immediately entranced with the chocolate cream pie the awful Julie character made. So entranced, that I ran over to Safeway, bought a delicious 4 oz bar of Ghiradelli 100% cacao and set to making the following:

Let’s back up a bit… how did this glorious slice of chocolatey perfection come to be?

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