An old favorite slips into something more decadent...

"After Hours" S'mores Pie

...a sensual dessert for adults

I once had a boyfriend request a s'mores pie as a Valentine's day treat. I replied I'd never heard of a s'mores pie and he said, "Well, you can make something up, can't you?"

Flattering though that was, it turned out to be rather difficult. I scanned my cookbooks and the internet, thinking I could cobble together pieces of other recipes, as I am wont to do.

Turned out, no one else had ever heard of s'mores pie, either. I found only two so-titled recipes on the internet. One involved chopped candy bars and ice cream (yawn) and the other, instant pudding, marshmallow fluff, and non-dairy whipped topping (*shudder*)! Recipes like that make me sympathize with Hannibal Lecter. Disappointed, but not discouraged, I improvised a chocolate cream pie with marshmallows browned on top. It was not bad, but I knew I could do better.

Then I learned about ganache. Ganache is simply chocolate and cream melted together. When it cools, it sets up into that wonderful rich smooth stuff found inside expensive truffles. After a few experiments with marshmallows and graham crackers, I developed this. I have yet to find anything else like it.

This is neither a low-fat nor a low-carb dish, although the sugar content is relatively low compared to many desserts. It is rich, rather than heavily sweet. The marshmallow flavor is very light. I am not a big marshmallow fan, but coupled with the bittersweet chocolate it was just right.

Although this is a no-bake recipe, it has to chill for at least a couple of hours. Other than that it goes together pretty quickly, say 20 minutes.

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make the crust

1 cup (about 16 squares) graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup pecans, ground fine (may be omitted in case of allergies, in which case increase cracker crumbs to 1 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick (1/4 cup)butter (NOT margarine), melted

make the ganache

8 squares/ounces bittersweet chocolate, like Baker's
5 Tbsp butter
1 cup heavy whipping cream

make the marshmallow cream

This is not the sugary kid stuff that comes in a jar. Oh, no.

3 cups small or miniature marshmallows
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
pinch salt

Serves six or more. A small piece is plenty. Good with coffee.