smores bars

These are addictive.

Highly addictive.

Eating them was descirbed to me as “floating down a chocolate river in a graham wafer boat with marshmallow sails” … I kinda totally agree!

I have loved smores … since … well … since forever.

Who doesn’t love an ooey-gooey bite of delight?

Because that’s what graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows are … bites of delight.

Especially when you add a little momofuku twist to the recipe.

Actually … I should call these twisted smores.

You’ll see that these are easy to make … as easy as making them on a campfire … you start with the graham cracker base …

then you make the chocolate layer … melted chocolate and milk … stirring in mini marshmallows and the cornflake crunch (flaked coconut is a supurb susbstitute as well) …  

Finishing it off by spreading even more mini-marshamllows on top; then broil for 3 minutes.

That’s it.  Simple eh?

Oh wait!!!!

I do recommend that if you line the pan with parchment paper … don’t place the rack too close to the broiler … otherwise … a fire might ensue.

True story … it happened to me ;0)

I guess I really wanted to make smores by the campfire!

twisted smores bars

ingredients:

the base:

2 c. graham cracker crumbs

7 tbsp butter, melted

2 tbsp sugar

Preheat your oven to 350 F.

Line a rectangular pan with parchment paper, and then spray it with non-stick spray.  Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter; stirring with a wooden spoon.  Press the crumbs into the base of the pan; make sure that the base is spread out evenly.

Bake for 12 minutes.  Remove from heat, turn off your oven and set the pan aside to cool slightly.

chocolate mini-marshmallow-crunch filling:

ingredients:

1 c. milk

16 oz chocolate, chopped into small chunks (or chips)

4 c. mini marshmallows, divided

2 c. momofuku cornflake crunch (or flaked coconut)

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stir the chocolate and milk together; slowly melting the chocolate.  The mixture should never get to a boiling point.  Remove the pan from heat and pour the mixture into a medium sized bowl (this will allow the mixture to cool immediately).

Add 2 cups of the mini marshmallows and the 2 cups cornflake crunch.  Stir in … and then pour the mixture over the graham cracker base.

Top with the remaining 2 cups of mini marshmallows.

Turn the broiler on in your oven … move a rack close(ish) to the broiler and toast the marhsmallows… this takes about 3 minutes.  I do tend to move the pan around to ensure that they are all evenly toasted.

Remove from the oven and allow the pan to cool in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours (or over night).  I don’t cover the pan right away … but once firm, I do cut the smores into squares and store in an airtight container.

I’d say they will last up to 1 week in the fridge … only they won’t.  Because you’re gonna want to eat them … pretty much immediately.

No lies.

I can’t stop eating them! 

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must.love.pie.

Last night must.love.food. was all about pie.

Because you must.love.pies.  

Whether you love a super sweet and richly decadent pie; or prefer a tart and light key lime pie … we were able to provide you with a recipe for both.

The show started with my 13 year old cousin Olivier and his tarte au sucre (sugar pie).  Mother of pearl.  Olivier makes one heck of a sugar pie.

The recipe is dead simple … some brown sugar, flour, corn starch, melted butter,vanilla, an egg and heavy cream.

It’s the kind of sugar pie that is sweet without being sickly so … and the creamy filling perfectly contrasts with the flakey pie crust.  If you love your sugar pie … I think you should try Olivier’s recipe.  It’s delightful ;0)

Plus I think it was super awesome of Olivier to come on the show and share his recipe with me.

Isn’t he A-DOR-A-BLE?  Totally adorable.  Je l’aime … beaucoup!

If sugar pie isn’t your thing … then I hope you caught Amanda’s key lime pie demo.  First off … Amanda not only decided to make a key lime pie … but in true twisted chef style, she decided to shake things up a bit …  by creating a creamsicle pie (orange and clementine custard filling).  Both were delicious … and totally worth trying.

If you watched the show you’ll notice that Amanda and I had a few (ok … perhaps more than just a few) silly moments … I laughed while I watched myself hurt my finger trying to create a graham cracker crumb.  Or when I confused a kinder surprise with a smashed orange (my aunt was howling with laughter at that one).

If you’re enjoying the show … don’t forget … BONUS VIDEOS!!! You can watch Amanda’s twist on making whipped cream here.  I am really digging these bonus videos.  A lot.

Don’t forget … you can tune in AGAIN on Wednesday at 8 am and 4:30 pm (or Saturday at 1 pm) and catch must.love.pies. all over again on Roger’s TV channel 22 in Ottawa …

rhubarb lemon almond loaf

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

That’s right … it’s rhubarb season!

I heart heart HEART rhubarb. 

It’s tart and fresh …

It screams spring is finally here

My mouth salivates just thinking about it.

Add to it some lemon curd and almonds … and you have yourself the makings of a pretty darn delicious loaf.

For realz.

This combo is ridiculously delightfulI tend to use those words a lot to describe my baking … don’t I???

Well it is!

It’s got that slight nutty flavour thanks to the almond meal and slivered almonds … plus it has the tartness of the stewed rhubarb AND then … the pop of the lemon curd … which just melts into the loaf as it bakes.

Sigh.

RIDICULOUSLY. DELIGHTFUL. No word of a lie.

I based this recipe on the hummingbird bakery‘s rhubarb almond loaf The lemon curd isn’t necessary … but it sure does make for a tasty treat.  Lemon and rhubarb are a combo made in heaven … I promise.

stewed rhubarb

ingredients:

4 – 5 stalks rhubarb, chopped into small pieces

70 g sugar

20 g butter

Place the rhubarb in a saucepan along with sugar, butter and 50 ml of water.  Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until the rhubarb softens.  Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely.

almond loaf

ingredients:

190 g butter, at room temperature

140 g flour

190 g sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp baking powder

50 g ground almonds

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ginger

25 ml buttermilk

100 g stewed rhubarb

1/4 c. lemon curd

15 g flaked almonds

 Preheat oven to 325 F.  Grease the loaf pan and set aside.

In the bowl of your stand-mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.  About 5 minutes.  Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well on medium speed after each addition, and scraping down the sides of the bowl to ensure that everything has been mixed properly.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl; combine the flour, baking powder, ground almonds, cinnamon and ginger.  Add half of the mixture to the creamed butter/sugar/egg mixture, followed by half the buttermilk. 

Mix well after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Add the remaining dry ingredients and then the rest of the buttermilk.

Stir in the stewed rhubarb making sure it is evenly mixed into the batter, then pour into the prepared loaf tin.  Add dollops of the lemon curd.  Swirl them in.Sprinkle with flaked almonds on top.

Bake for 50 – 60 minutes