Guest Author - Cynthia Kilmartin
Whatever you call this recipe, it is delicious, and based on the s'mores theme, even if it doesn't involve toasting marshmallows.
If you are one of our non- North American readers I will take a small moment to explain what s'mores are. If you already know, please feel free to skip this paragraph. S'mores are an American camping tradition. The name s'more comes from the contraction of the two words 'some more', and comes from the phrase “Can I have s'more” because they are so good. I believe they date back to at least the 1920's, however being a camping tradition they may have been passed verbally for years before that. I, along with many others, were first introduced to s'mores in the girl guides.
Original s'mores are made by sandwiching a thin piece of chocolate and a toasted marshmallow between two graham crackers. A graham cracker is a healthier biscuit, not really a cracker as such, but a sweet version of a cracker. If you are not in the USA the best equivalent would be a digestive biscuit.
So how did this recipe come about? I was cooking for a conference recently and was asked numerous times for a recipe for one of the desserts I made. It was an adult version of this, but one of the best things about this idea is it is just so flexible. So forgive me if the recipe is not 'exact' in measurements or ingredients, but you can play about with it and decide just how you like it.
You will need: your graham crackers, some thin pieces of chocolate OR some chocolate graham crackers. For the marshmallow substitute: a tub of cream cheese, some icing sugar (confectioner's sugar), some lemon juice, some whipped cream (not the type that comes out of a can) and an egg white or two (whipped until stiff). Additionally, some strawberries chopped in quarters or other berries of your choice.
With an electric beater, whip the cream cheese add approximately two tsps of icing sugar and the juice of half a lemon. Taste and add more sugar or lemon to your taste. In a separate bowl whip the cream and fold it into the cream cheese mix. The egg white is optional – fold in whipped egg whites if you like a lighter mix or if you have lots of people to serve and don't think you have enough filling, it is just to add volume and air.
Assemble the s'mores by placing a graham cracker, a piece of chocolate (or your chocolate graham cracker), a dollop of cream cheese mixture, and top with the chopped berries. You can add another cracker to make the sandwich or leave it as an open sandwich. Of course your kids will have fun assembling it in their own order!!
Enjoy playing with this idea, and eating it!!