Every so often I like to create something completely extravagant. The s'mores brownie is one such occasion.
I've been dreaming of a s'mores based dessert since our trip to America last month.
I had a pretty strong feeling it should include a brownie as well.
There are some days when it's just necessary to crush up graham crackers (digestives are the closest UK alternative), bake them into a crust, cover with brownie batter and push giant marshmallows into the top.
If your Summer has failed you too it's probably also necessary to drink chocolate milk with it as well.
It's Monday tomorrow. I want you to go into the week ahead knowing that you can spend Sundays eating insane brownies and drinking chocolate milk and that Monday will be ok.
This brownie is a happy place. In a tiny flat with no garden where real s'mores can't exist without being a fire hazard, this brownie is my (read: your) alternative.
I must warn you that Monday might need to include a run if you are going to eat these every week.
(Crust recipe from 'Pie' by Ken Haedrich and brownie recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook)
makes about 15 brownies from a 9 x 13 inch pan
For the crust:
200g graham crackers/digestive biscuits, crushed well
125g unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the Brownie:
500g caster sugar
120g plain flour
100g cocoa powder
250g unsalted butter, melted
30g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
15 large marshmallows
For the crust:
- Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F. Grease or line your brownie tin and set aside.
- Mix the cracker/biscuit crumbs with the melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Make sure it is all well combined.
- Spread the crumbs evenly on the base of the brownie tray, pressing them into the bottom. Place in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
- Place on the middle oven tray and bake for 7 minutes. Let it cool whilst you start the brownie mix.
For the brownie mix:
- Turn the oven down to 170 C/325 F.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the flour and cocoa powder and beat until well mixed.
- Mix in the melted butter. Finally add the chopped chocolate and mix in evenly.
- Pour the mix over the crust and smooth out.
- To finish, push the marshmallows into the brownie batter. In a 9 x13 inch tin this should be about 3 across and 5 down.
- Bake in the oven for 35 minutes then leave to cool completely.
Serve to a group of very happy people, or yourself.
And have a great Monday.