Things I have been cooking lately #105: Baked smores

Smores are one of those delicious sounding American things that we non-Americans read about in books and see in movies and always wonder about. While I grew up toasting marshmallows over a fire (or candles when we were desperate and my mother wasn’t willing to build a fire – something she was generally alarmingly willing to do), we never added chocolate and put them between biscuits. Way to extravagant. Of course now I live in a first floor flat with no balcony so even if I wanted to make a fire it would probably end in the termination of my lease. So when I found this recipe for baked smores I decided to give it a go and boy were they delicious (although very sweet and rich) and well worth the work.

Baked smores

Adapted from The Apron Gal

110g butter at room temperature
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vamilla
1 1/2 cups flour
A pinch of salt
6 crushed digestive biscuits (or if you have access to Graham Crackers, use those)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 jar of marshmallow fluff (they sell this in my local Sainsburys in the jam aisle but you could also use 1 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows)
2 200g bars milk chocolate

Preheat your oven to 180 C and line a 20cm x 20cm baking tin with grease proof paper or baking parchment.

In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Don’t worry if it looks a little curdled.

In a smaller bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and biscuit crumbs. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time and beat until it comes together in a soft dough.

Divide the dough into two. Press half the dough into the bottom of the tin in a even layer. Spread the marshmallow over the top in another even layer. It helps if you use a knife that’s been dipped in warm water. Lay over the bars of chocolate, breaking them up if you need to to fill the tin.

Now comes the hard part. Lay a large piece of grease proof paper on a flat surface. Dust with a little bit of flour. Put the second half of the dough on top of the floured grease proof paper and press down a little. Sprinkle over a little more flour. Then spread another piece of grease proof paper over the top. Now roll out between the pieces of paper to form a thin layer that will fit on top of your baking tin. Once you have rolled the dough out, carefully peel back the top layer of the grease proof paper. Then flip the dough over your chocolate layer and peel off the remaining grease proof paper. Patch the edges if necessary to make sure all the marshmallow is covered. (I wasn’t so good as this bit but it still all worked in the end).

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until golden brown on the top. Remove from the oven and cool for 30 minutes and then cut, into squares and eat when still a little melty (although they’re also good once they’ve set a bit more).

Makes 16 squares

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22 Comments

  1. mmmm, I’m super hungry now. These looks so delicious.

    1. Abbi

      They were so tasty but I swear I gained 5lbs just looking at them!

    1. Abbi

      If you have a sweet tooth you can’t beat these!

  2. Yikes, that sound yummy! I grew up on s’mores being both an American and a Girl Scout. For me, part of the magic is the campfire in the dark with the inevitable discussion of how everyone likes their marshmallows, “burnt? or toasted?” People are quite opinionated about it!

    1. Abbi

      It borders on being like steaks where you have to have a whole list of levels of doneness. Personally i like mine medium well.. crispy but not too burnt.

  3. oooooooh~ That looks so darn good~

    1. Abbi

      They were so yummy. I ate way too many of them!

  4. Theo

    I only had smores once in my life and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I bet that this version would be delicious, too! 🙂

    1. Abbi

      I am going to make more for the office soon!

  5. Dit lyk moer lekker! HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

    I really have to invest in a proper oven or something, even if it is just a small one (like convection or something). Truly the one thing that sucks about renting… the stoves that come with the place are usually meh.

    1. Abbi

      I made my landlord replace the oven in our flat but renting utterly sucks. The property prices here are so outrageous though that I have to consider the black market organ trade just to raise a deposit.

      1. But… you have two kidneys, right? 😉

        1. Abbi

          As far as I know…

  6. Looks so delicious! Love those layers of gooey goodness! Regarding the recipe, I’ve seen digestive biscuits at my local store but have never tried them. It would be interesting to make Smores with those instead of graham crackers. Great post, thank you for sharing!

    1. Abbi

      We don’t get Graham Crackers here so I Googled and it said digestives were the closest equivalent but more crumbly and less sweet. I definitely don’t think less sweet is a bad thing because these were really sweet. Let me know how it goes. Hope you enjoy them!

  7. Oh, I just LOVE smores!

    1. Abbi

      I would love to try the traditional ones but these were great!

  8. One of my fave foods is smores. Mmmmmmmmmm YUM!

    1. Abbi

      I’ve never had the real deal but these were delicious.

      1. Smores are so good you would love it!!!

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