If you’re not fully au fait with American cuisine, chances are you’ve never heard of a s’more. This delicious gastronomic curio is a short stack of marshmallow and chocolate, sandwiched by two graham crackers (a honey-based cracker sold in the US). And the name? It’s short for ‘some more’.
As s’mores are traditionally toasted over an open fire, we started thinking of all the brilliant ways we could rework the blueprint for a good old-fashioned British Bonfire Night party – not to mention all those summertime camping trips. So, in the spirit of invention, we took to the kitchen to create the following 10 sweet and savoury stacks.
10 new ways to serve s’mores
Cookie base classic
This three-ingredient s’more is fairly close to the authentic American version, but in lieu of graham crackers, we used chocolate chip cookies. If you want to go all out and make your own biscuits, our simple vintage chocolate chip cookies are ready in half an hour. But in the world of the s’more, a convenient off-the-shelf biscuit is a more than acceptable alternative.
Welcome to the world of savoury s’mores, where marshmallows give way to pillows of molten cheese. This pizza-inspired stack works on its own, or served beside a bowl of steaming autumnal soup, or perhaps an Italian-style minestrone. La vita bella indeed…
Spicy salami s’mores
While we’re on the subject of all things Italo-American, our salami s’more, with taleggio and olives, is another super-dippable sandwich of savoury flavours. Sturdy melba toasts make a good outer layer for s’mores thanks to their wide surface area, and if you want to eschew shop-bought, you can make your own using standard sliced bread.
Cheese & bacon s’mores
It’s back to the opposite side of the Atlantic for our bacon & camembert s’mores, made with Ritz crackers and extra-melty camembert cheese. We recommend them served with a generous dollop of cranberry sauce or fruity chutney on the side.
Melty Ploughman’s s’mores
A classic British dish in s’mores form? All that’s left to add is a hunk of pork pie on the side. Cream crackers are another winning choice for s’mores, as they’re compact and can handle being subjected to the heat of a flaming bonfire.
Salted caramel & peanut butter s’mores
Could this be one of the greatest flavour combinations of all time? The waffle biscuits add an extra element of caramel goodness, plus we used all-American peanut butter cups for extra American flavour.
Chocolate Hobnobs are used to sandwich the classic toffee and banana combo in this ultra-sweet dessert s’more, with a traditional marshmallow melty layer for good measure. Digestives or rich tea biscuits would work, too.
Lemon meringue s’mores
Proving the flexibility of s’mores, this citrus version uses shortbread rounds as the outer layer. Any jam or spread could be used in place of curd, or try a different flavour – our homemade passion fruit curd would turn things a touch tropical.
Pumpkin pie s’mores
Two classic American sweets become one in our autumnal pumpkin pie s’mores. Canned pumpkin purée is a great cheat’s ingredient, as it bypasses the need to deal with a whole, fresh gourd. You’ll find it in cans, usually imported from the US.
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