S’mores Pie

Get the fun and flavor of s’mores in a s’mores pie. With a graham crust, chocolate filling and marshmallowy meringue topping, who needs a campfire?  Get the fun and flavor of s'mores in a s'mores pie. With a graham crust, chocolate filling and marshmallowy meringue topping, who needs a campfire? 

If you were to think about the union of summer and chocolate, what would that be? And what if you added in favorite childhood memories? That’s right… it’s s’mores! 

Of course, the grown up version would be s’mores in a pie. Then you’d be able to eat it every day–even if you don’t have a campfire! You could even take it to a party!

Get the fun and flavor of s'mores in a s'mores pie. With a graham crust, chocolate filling and marshmallowy meringue topping, who needs a campfire? 

A piece of pie!

Now one nice thing about playing around with a recipe yourself is you can do it any way you want, including a little more natural. Yes, while I enjoy a nice s’more once in a while, those marshmallows always struck me as kind of artificial.

When I googled the ingredients, I got: “corn syrup, sugar, dextrose, water, modified cornstarch, gelatin, contains less than 2% of natural and artificial flavor, tetrasodium pyrophosphate (whipping aid), artificial color (includes blue 1).” Hmmm. 

Get the fun and flavor of s'mores in a s'mores pie. With a graham crust, chocolate filling and marshmallowy meringue topping, who needs a campfire? 

Served!

But what if I topped my s’mores pie with a homemade Swiss meringue. That would taste marshmallow-y, be vegetarian (no gelatin)–and isn’t hard (shhh)!  (Actually easier than homemade marshmallows.) The egg whites are even pasteurized in the preparation process!

So that’s what I did! I baked a mixture of chocolate chips, egg yolks and half & half into a graham cracker crust.

Bake chocolate filling

Next, I made my Swiss Meringue by heating sugar and egg whites to 160F, then beating the mixture with vanilla and cream of tartar until stiff. I piped the meringue in small rounds on top of the cooled pie and torched it (some people put it under the broiler) for golden highlights.

Prepare to pipe meringue on top

Now technically my meringue did not get properly stiff (even though I’ve done it many times before). But the pie was still attractive and tasty–and reminiscent of melted marshmallows! Perfection is over-rated!

Get the fun and flavor of a campfire in a s'mores pie. With a graham crust, chocolate filling and marshmallowy meringue topping, who needs a campfire? 

When I cut into the pie, everyone dug in. It got great reviews, especially from my daughter and niece, who were each on their second piece before I even finished cutting.

Sometimes it’s all about the kids. Even grown-up kids.

S'mores Pie
Serves 8
Get the fun and flavor of s'mores in a s'mores pie. With a graham crust, chocolate filling and marshmallowy meringue topping, who needs a campfire? 
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
440 calories
49 g
113 g
25 g
6 g
14 g
123 g
149 g
36 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
123g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 440
Calories from Fat 223
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g
39%
Saturated Fat 14g
71%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 113mg
38%
Sodium 149mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 49g
16%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 36g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
6%
Iron
15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Crust (or your favorite crust)
  1. • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (I bought mine pre-crumbled)
  2. • 8 tablespoons melted butter
  3. • 2 Tablespoons sugar (this is supposed to help set the crust)
Filling
  1. • 6 ounces bittersweet or milk chocolate chips
  2. • 1 cup half and half
  3. • 3 egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue)
  4. • Pinch of salt
Topping (or substitute large marshmallows, cut in half)
  1. • 3 egg whites
  2. • 2/3 cup sugar
  3. • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar (optional)
  4. • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Prepare crust. Mix crust ingredients until the texture is that of wet sand. Press the mixture against the sides and bottom of the pan using the underside of a measuring cup to press in firmly. Place in freezer to firm up.
  2. Prepare chocolate filling. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat the cream and chocolate chips in microwave or saucepan stirring regularly until chocolate is melted. Beat in egg yolks and salt, then pour into chilled crust. Bake until the filling is set but still slightly wobbly in the center, about 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Prepare meringue topping. Place about an inch of water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk egg whites and sugar in your mixer bowl or another medium metal bowl. Place bowl on saucepan like a double boiler and continue to whisk until mixture reaches 160 F.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and cream of tartar. Using whisk attachment beat with stand mixer (or hand mixer) until the meringue is fluffy and cool and holds its shape, about 10 minutes. Transfer to piping bag and pipe round dollops in concentric circles onto cooled pie.
  5. Using a culinary torch, flame the meringue until golden (some people place under broiler, shielding the crust with aluminum foil, but I haven’t tried this. If you do, watch very carefully).
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calories
440
fat
25g
protein
6g
carbs
49g
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23 thoughts on “S’mores Pie

    1. Inger Post author

      I love working with meringue. It isn’t as hard as people think–and I’m the kind of person who will say, “not going to do that regularly” if something is too hard

    1. Inger Post author

      I didn’t even think of that David! BTW, I owe thanks to you for telling me about the graham cracker crumbs in the package.

  1. April Tuell

    I love that you used a Swiss meringue instead of actual marshmallows on your pie. While I love them, I’m always reluctant to indulge because of the artificial ingredients in them.

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