Homemade S’mores

Posted on by on January 14th, 2012 | 59 Comments »

Crackling flames of fire dancing in the night that warm faces and bring friends together on beautiful summer nights and cool fall evenings. The yellowish orange flames, always mesmerizing as you gaze into the large pile of wood ablaze in front of you. Bonfires are one of those things that no matter what your age is you enjoy it all the same.

As a child, bonfires symbolized summer nights at camp. Sitting around the fire by the lake, singing and watching the flames dance into the night sky. As I got older bonfires meant going out to the beach with friends, sitting around the fire under blankets, playing guitar and dancing, hoping not to get caught and kicked off the beach. Bonfires now mean sitting with good friends and good food. Sharing stories and laughter.

S’mores, like bonfires, never tire with age. The two go hand in hand. A bonfire is never complete without your face becoming sticky from the gooey marshmallow you just roasted over the open fire, sandwiched with chocolate between crunchy graham crackers. The name s’more really does symbolize everything this campfire treat is. You cannot help but saying ‘some more’ as soon as you eat your first one.

When Katherine over at Katherine Martinelli pulled out a little bag filled with a homemade s’more for me, I was in awe that she not only made her own marshmallows, but she made her own graham crackers too. Amazing. She gave me the inspiration and push to create my own and that is just what I did.

As intimidating as making your own marshmallow seems, its not quite as complicated as one may think. With only a few ingredients and a lot of mixing, homemade marshmallows come together rather quickly and once rolled in powdered sugar, taste just as good if not better then those from a bag of Jett Puffed marshmallows.

Homemade Marshmallows (adapted from epicurious and Martha Stewart)

Ingredients:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions:

Oil bottom and sides of a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking pan and dust bottom and sides with some confectioners’ sugar.
In a large mixing bowl sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold cold water, and set aside to soften.
In a saucepan heat sugar, corn syrup, 1/2 cup of cold water, and salt over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved.
Increase heat to medium and bring mixture to a boil.
Cook WITHOUT STIRRING! until a candy thermometer registers 245F
Remove pot from heat and pour mixture over the gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved.
With an electric mixer beat mixture on high speed until mixture is nearly tripled in volume, thick and white, about 10-12 minutes.
In separate mixing bowl with beat egg whites with an electric mixer until they hold stiff peaks.
Add egg whites and vanilla into sugar mixture and beat until just combined.
Pour mixture into baking pan.
Sift 1/4 cup confectioners sugar evenly over top.
Chill marshmallow, uncovered, until firm, at least four hours.
Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board.
With a large knife cut marshmallow into roughly one-inch cubes.
Sift remaining confectioners’ sugar onto a work surface and roll the marshmallows through it.

Marshmallows are only 1/3 of what make s’mores so amazing. We cannot forget the gram crackers. Normally the thought of graham crackers would land me in the grocery store buying a box of Honey Maid, not in the kitchen trying to make my own. However in Israel there are no boxes of Honey Maid. In fact, there are no boxes of anything that resembles Honey Maid. Oh to think of these poor Israeli children that have no idea what they are missing out on!!

Graham crackers turn out to be as easy to make as any other cookie really. I used a ravioli cutter to make the shape, a sharp knife to scratch the pattern on top and the tip of a chopstick to make the holes. They were perfect.

Homemade Graham Crackers (adapted from 101 cookbooks)

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup honey
5 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
Sugar for dusting tops
Cinnamon for dusting tops

Directions:

To make the dough, in a mixing bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
Add the butter and with an electric mixer, mix on low, until the mixture is the consistency of a coarse meal.
In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, milk, and vanilla.
Add the honey mixture to the flour mixture and using the electric mixer, mix on low until the dough comes together. It will be very sticky.
Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap and dust it lightly with flour.
Turn the dough out onto plastic wrap and shape into a rectangle, about 1-inch thick.
Wrap dough and chill it until firm, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350F ad line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Once dough has chilled, Divide in half and return one half to the refrigerator.
On a floured work surface roll the dough into a long rectangle about 1/8 inch thick.
Cut dough into 4-inch squares. I used a ravioli cutter!!
Place the  graham crackers on baking sheet.
Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.
Repeat with the rest of the dough.
Score a vertical line down the middle of each cracker, (careful not to cut through the dough) and a horizontal line in the middle of the vertical line.
Using the end of a chopstick (or you can use a toothpick) make small holes in the dough to form two rows about 1/2 inch for each side of the vertical line.
Sprinkle tops of graham crackers with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until browned and slightly firm to the touch, rotating the sheets halfway through.
Cool on wire rack.

To assemble s’more, take one marshmallow and toast over an open fire using a stick or skewer. Place a square of chocolate on one graham cracker, top with toasted marshmallow and top with another graham cracker.

*You can place the whole thing in a toaster oven as well and toast until the marshmallow becomes soft and gooey.

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59 Comments

  1. Posted on: 1-14-2012

    S’more. Are. My. Favorite. Thing. EVER.
    I love that you made all the ingredients yourself. I’ve never had s’mores form scratch, but I’m dying to! Beautiful photos, as always!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Thanks Colleen. S’mores really are the best thing ever. You should totally make some yourself and Im sure you will also find an awesome way to spice them up!

  2. Posted on: 1-14-2012

    Yes, beautiful photos! This reminds me of campfires!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Thanks Carol!! S’mores and campfires go hand in hand.

  3. Posted on: 1-14-2012

    Oh my. Beth, you are far more motivated than I think I could be but ohhhh, what scrumptious looking results that ambition got! These look fantastic.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Haha thanks Janet! It does take some motivating to get started with these. But, once you get going you see they aren’t as hard as you would imagine! But, if it werent for Katherine I probably wouldnt have gotten that extra push to just do it!

  4. Posted on: 1-14-2012

    I’m speechless and you know that never happens. This is stunning.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Speechless?! Im honored :)

  5. Posted on: 1-15-2012

    Hello Beth! I’ve don’t believe I have ever stumbled across your blog before but I’m glad I did today!

    What a beautifully written post! (I love the bit about bonfires through the ages) And what a delectable looking recipe. I just made have to try making my own smores now.

    - Eve

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Im so glad you found me! I hope you visit again. You should totally try out some homemade s’mores yourself!

  6. Posted on: 1-15-2012

    Oh, WOW! These look fabulous!!!! Great job on all aspects…the crackers, the marshmallow, the photos! Brava!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Thank you Liz! I think the graham crackers were my favorite to make!

  7. Posted on: 1-15-2012

    Wow, your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I have always wanted to try my hand at both of these homemade, but have been initimidated for some reason. Your step-by-step instructions and praise for the taste makes me want to make these immediately. I will probably have to wait for the summer, but these will be on my list when that time comes!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Thanks Maggie! They are not as intimidating as they seem! Promise!! Especially the marshmallows. I was super scared to make them and could not believe how simple they were!

  8. Posted on: 1-15-2012

    Yay!! SO glad to have inspired you :-) Yours look absolutely amazing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Im so glad you inspired me too!!!! We will have to have a bonfire one night so we can make them again!

  9. Posted on: 1-15-2012

    I’ve never had s’mores (I know, what?) or Graham crackers. Being of a European persuasion I’ve been denied that privilege since birth. I’m so drooling over your pictures though, really want to try them!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      No s’mores OR graham crackers?! Ack! Natalie you must makes these immediately! You dont know what you are missing out on! :)

  10. Posted on: 1-16-2012

    This is awesome! I aspire to make home made smores some day! Your photos are beautiful as well, and making me so hungry! These must be ten times better than storebought.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Thanks Amy! You totally should make them yourself!! These are so much better than store bought, but then agin isnt homemade anything better than store bought?! Maybe you can turn s’mores into one of your wonderful creative cocktails!

  11. Posted on: 1-16-2012

    I have to give you major props for making your own ingredients! These look way better! Making my own marshmallows is on my list of things to make this year!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Thanks Stephanie. You should definitely make homemade marshmallows! And, while you are at it you may as well make some graham crackers too :)

  12. Posted on: 1-16-2012

    I cant believe you made everything from scratch! The pictures are making me drool, I love smores anything!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Thanks Lindsey! They kind of make me drool too haha.

  13. Posted on: 1-16-2012

    Woah! You made everything from scratch!!! WOW! That is super impressive!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Haha thanks! I know it seems super impressive but when you make it you realize its not so difficult!!

  14. Posted on: 1-16-2012

    You two are so inspiring and made S’more extra special – no more regular S’more anymore and got fancier! lol. I love how you proved it’s possible for us to make homemade S’more. I love your pictures Beth!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Thanks Nami! If Katherine hadn’t made them I dont know if I would have even tried making my own!! Definitely no more regular store bought s’mores anymore!

  15. Posted on: 1-16-2012

    These look amazing! There really is nothing that beats 100% homemade goodies like this. Store bought ingredients for these I am sure is lacking in true flavor and contains a lot of ingredients we could very well do without. These are definitely worth a try-yum!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-16-2012

      Homemade is always the best!!

  16. Posted on: 1-16-2012

    I love the homemade marshmallows AND homemade graham cracker. But this makes me miss summer so bad!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-18-2012

      Well its a great way to bring summer to winter! Just toast them in the toaster and enjoy a small taste of summer!

  17. Posted on: 1-16-2012

    Homemade S’mores, what a treat!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-18-2012

      Yes, such a treat!

  18. Posted on: 1-16-2012

    You had me at s’more.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-20-2012

      :)

  19. Posted on: 1-17-2012

    Now that is one lovely s’more! I love the total homemade-ness of it all. They look amazing.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-20-2012

      Thank you Kristen!!

  20. Posted on: 1-17-2012

    Wow – that is the coolest! I’ve made homemade marshmallows, but not graham crackers. Beautifully done!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-20-2012

      Thanks Ann. Next time you will have to make the graham crackers to go with you homemade marshmallows.

  21. Posted on: 1-17-2012

    Marvelous! I’ll have two please. :-) …Susan

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-20-2012

      You can have more than 2!

  22. Posted on: 1-17-2012

    Bravo for your efforts in making homemade marshmallows. I’ve never tasted one before until recently. And I have smores to taste next. Cannot wait :D

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-20-2012

      Yes you MUST try s’mores. They are the best!

  23. Posted on: 1-17-2012

    My God these photos are incredible! Totally drooling over here. I can’t believe you make them from scratch, I love it. One day, when I’m not feeling so lazy, I’m going to have to try this. YUM!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-20-2012

      Thank you so much Lacy!! I hope you get to try your hand at the homemade version. They really are great.

  24. Posted on: 1-18-2012

    How fun Beth Michelle! My kids would love these… you’ve got me thinking of summer and our camp fire… what a warming thought! :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-20-2012

      This would be such a fun thing to make with kids!!

  25. Posted on: 1-18-2012

    delicious looking smores all homemade looks wonderful

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-20-2012

      Thanks!!

  26. Posted on: 1-18-2012

    S’mores are my favorite! Reminds me of summer on this cold winter day. These look incredible! :)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-20-2012

      They are my favorite too!! And, making them in the winter is a little way to have that summer feel.

  27. Posted on: 1-20-2012

    Love this! And I’ve been inspired to feature your s’mores in my Friday Food Fetish roundup and on Pinterest. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next and please let me know if you have any objections…

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-23-2012

      Thank you so much!! Im flattered!

  28. Tamar
    Posted on: 1-23-2012

    Hey Beth,

    Loved this post, especially when I saw those little cows on the chocolate and I knew where they came from.

    Which leads me to ask, where did you find the corn syrup (in Israel) to make the marshmallows? I seriously cannot find it anywhere!! (same goes for cream of tartar, does it even exist here!?!)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-23-2012

      !!! I got the corn syrup in Eden they also have it in a small grocer in Tel Aviv that is right off shuk ha carmel, it is an Asian grocery store but they sell tons of imported American products too! I have not found cream of tartar here, maybe that grocer in TA has it?!

  29. Posted on: 1-23-2012

    there’s really not much better than homemade s-mores!

  30. Posted on: 3-26-2012

    I just had smores for the first time (and only time) ever last year while I was camping. I miss it so much. They were so good! Camping again this year, and I’ll be sure to bring the essentials.
    But these look exceptional. So homemade. I’ll try this out too as a way to get ready for camping ;)

  31. Allison
    Posted on: 5-27-2012

    I will definitely be making some of these. They look amazing and delicious! Thank you for sharing:) Good job and very creative!

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