Ask any kid, or anyone who was a kid what their favorite childhood camping memory is, and 9 chances out of 10, they will tell you sitting around a campfire, singing and eating S'mores. Ah, s'mores. The ooey gooey confection consisting of chocolate and a roasted marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers has been popular since the 1920's and is still going strong. The US even has a national s'mores day, on Aug 10th.
In our province, there has been a huge forest fire burning for over 3 weeks, so campfires are banned in that region. In other regions there has been a lot of rain, so campfires would be difficult to enjoy. So what to do if you can't go camping? Bring the best part of camping to you, of course.
Here is a recipe for s'mores brownies, for when you can't sit by the fireside.
12 Graham crackers - broken in pieces
½ cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
½ cup Flour
¼ tsp Salt
½ tsp Baking Powder
2 cups Milk chocolate chips or chunks
2 cups Miniature white marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
1) Line a 9 X 13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil leaving an overhang on both sides. Spray foil with non- stick cooking spray.
2) Place graham cracker pieces on the bottom of the pan to act as a base, overlapping slightly. Break remaining pieces into ½ inch chunks and set aside.
3) In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter over graham crackers in the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the brownie starts to set, do not over bake.
4) Preheat Broiler. Sprinkle remaining graham cracker pieces and marshmallows over warm brownies; broil until marshmallows are toasty and brown.
5) Remove from oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before slicing into yummy, ooey, gooey, bars.