I love camping and love that camping brings s'mores. But the problem with winter, it is too cold for camping and usually too cold for s'mores. This way you can have a fun, grown up version of s'mores all year round! The components: graham cracker crust, chocolate pie filling, and meringue topping.
Crust:Pre-made come on, somtimes not everything needs to be made from scratch. But, if you are filling ambitious, go for it!
Pie Filling:Thanks to my sister for this!
1 1/4 cups white sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
4 egg yolks
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In medium saucepan, combine sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt. In a medium bowl, beat milk and egg yolks until smooth. Gradually stir into sugar mixture. Stir constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens and comes to a full boil. Boil and stir for one minute.
Remove from heat and stir in chocolate, butter and vanilla. Stir until melted.
Pour into pie shell. Place plastic wrap over filling to prevent skin from forming and chill for several hours.
My sister's tip: you know its the right thickness when your arm starts to be a little sore from stirring. ha.
Meringue:2 egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
½ c sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
In a mixer beat egg whites until frothy. Add cream of tartar and salt and beat until stiff peaks form (when you pull the beater out the peaks stand up on their own and the tip doesn't curl over). Beat in sugar, 1 Tbsp at a time. Beat in vanilla.
Spoon onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 225 degree oven for 1½ hours.
Place on pie just before serving.
My tips: If not serving right away, store meringues in tupperware in dry place - they are very sensitive to humidity! Do not place on pie until just before serving. You can make a few large like me, or make smaller, and let every slice have its own dollop. You could even try one large meringue - that could be fun!
Try using mini pie shells so everyone gets there own s'more pie!