Peanut Butter & Jam Baked S'mores

Up until several year ago I had always hated peanut butter and jelly.  

Like, I vehemently refused to sit next to my friends while they were eating their sandwiches because I couldn't stand the combined smell of pureed peanuts and thick, sugary fruit.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Baked S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

I loved peanut butter and would frequently eat it by the spoonful.  I loved jelly smothered onto biscuits.  But the combination of the two was in my mind, deplorable. 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Baked S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

That is, until about four years ago when some comatose part of me finally awoke and I realized the true wonder of the celebrated pairing. 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Baked S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

As I recall, it began with an almond butter and cherry jam sandwich made by a kind friend.  Since then, I have ventured deep into the realm of peanut butter and raspberry, or even strawberry jams.  I cannot do the grape thing yet... 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Baked S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

This week needed some childlike comfort in the way of a s'more.  A no-fuss, oven-baked s'more that we can enjoy on the rainiest and hardest of summer afternoons. 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Baked S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

Remember that chocolate peanut butter spread we made last week for our cookie s'mores?

Peanut Butter & Jelly Baked S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

A layer of that peanut buttery chocolate is spread thickly onto one graham cracker, while the jam and marshmallows are stacked atop the other. 

Rather than toasting these marshmallows with my kitchen torch, I wrapped these individual s'mores up in tin foil and place them under my oven broiler for several minutes to get warm and melty. 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Baked S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

Just like the classic sandwich, these s'mores have a wonderful balance of salty peanuts and sweet jam, with an added bonus of rich, milk chocolate and gooey marshmallows. 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Baked S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

It's gearing up to be another hot, August Saturday, let's try to find a balance between chores and treats. 


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Peanut Butter & Jam Baked S’mores

makes one s’more, can easily be multiplied

for the chocolate peanut butter spread

makes about one cup

- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped

In a small glass bowl, combine peanut butter and chocolate.  Microwave for thirty second increments, stirring after each, until the mixture is smooth.  Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes, until it has thickened slightly.

for the s'mores

- 2 marshmallows 

- 2 teaspoons strawberry jam 

- 2 teaspoons peanut butter 

- 1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate peanut butter spread

- 1 full graham cracker, halved

Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the chocolate peanut butter mixture unto one graham cracker half. 

Spread jam atop the second half of the graham cracker and stack the marshmallows on top.  Cover with peanut butter.  Press the two halves against each other and wrap the s’more in foil.

Set your oven to the broiler setting and bake the s’more for five minutes, until the marshmallows are soft and partially melted. 


Mexican S'mores // Summer of S'mores Pt. 3

It is Monday, and I am sure we could all use a little chocolate.  Let's get into this!   

Mexican S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

These s’mores were supposed to come to you last Friday, in time for your weekend… I'm sorry. 

I would like to tell you that I always have my recipes tested on time, photographed perfectly on the first try, and my posts scheduled, but that is just not the case some weeks.  

Mexican S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

I staged and restaged these s’mores until I finally gave up for the day and set them aside until morning.  Usually such a failure would have ended in tears of defeat and discouragement, but last Thursday, I exchanged the tears for some deep breaths and reminded myself that nothing good could come out of my striving against the Sun. 

Thankfully, Friday morning's light was much more congenial, and s'mores happen to make a mighty fine breakfast. 

Mexican S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

It is a challenge to let go of my minutely-organized schedule.  To release the fears of losing your gracious-given attention and interest, and to accept the fact that sometimes, no amount of preparation can save me from the occasional blunder. 

Mexican S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

Though they are late, these s'mores are absolutely superb.  I may not make tacos, or enchiladas, but I do make a pretty fine Mexican s’more.  

Mexican S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

Let’s break this down.  Homemade cinnamon vanilla marshmallows, chocolate spiked with a pinch of cayenne and a hearty dose of ground cinnamon, smooth dulce de leche, and of course, graham crackers.  I really wish I had thought of using cinnamon sugar graham crackers for these s'mores.  Sadly, that little dose of genius just occurred to me two minutes ago, but it's not too late for you.  Go for the cinnamon, spice it up!     

Mexican S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

Can a s’more be a s’more if you use a cookie in place of the graham crackers?  I don’t think so, but part of me really wants to make a s’more with a gooey, slightly underdone chocolate chip cookie… Let’s come back to that soon, okay?

Mexican S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

These s’mores can have as much or as little heat as you like.  I like mine on the hotter side, but if you are making them for little ones you could forgo the cayenne altogether. 

Mexican S'mores {Pedantic Foodie}

These s'mores are not exactly mess-free, but I have never known a good s'more that was.  Happy Monday! 


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Mexican S’mores

makes 12, but can easily be divided or multiplied

for the s’mores

- 6 ounces milk or dark chocolate, either is delicious 

- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 

- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

- 12 full graham crackers, broken in half

- 3/4 cup dulce de leche (you could make your own, but I took some help from my trusty friend Trader Joe)

- 12 cinnamon vanilla marshmallows (recipe below)

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate by microwaving at thirty second increments, stirring after each.  Stir in ground spices.  Refrigerate the chocolate for 15-25 minutes, until the chocolate has thickened to a spreadable consistency, but has not hardened. 

To assemble: Spread one tablespoon of dulce de leche on one half of your graham cracker.  Set a marshmallow on top and toast with a kitchen torch.*  Spread about one tablespoon of chocolate on the remaining graham cracker half and place on top of the marshmallow, with the chocolate facing down.  Yeah, you know how to do this. ;) Serve immediately.  Enjoy! 

*Cook’s note:  You can certainly go the traditional route and toast your marshmallows over a campfire, however, I have found that homemade marshmallows tend to melt quicker and more easily over an open flame.  While I would normally suggest popping these under the broiler if you are making them for a group, the high heat does not blend well with the dulce de leche, so I would highly recommend investing in a torch.  I found mine at the hardware store for about fifteen dollars.  You’ll thank yourself.  (It’s way fun to torch things.) 

cinnamon vanilla marshmallows

- 3 packages unflavored gelatin 

- 1 cup ice cold water, divided use

- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

- 1 cup light corn syrup

- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

- 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

Prepare a 9x13 pan by greasing with nonstick spray and dusting liberally with powdered sugar.  

In the work bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, add 1/2 cup ice water and sprinkle with gelatin; allow to bloom while you prepare the syrup. 

In a small saucepan, combine remaining 1/2 cup ice water, granulated sugar, kosher salt, and corn syrup.  Place over medium high heat and cover.  Cook for 4 minutes, then uncover and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan.  Cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F; about 8 minutes.  When syrup has come to temperature remove from the heat immediately.  With the stand mixer on low speed, slowly stream in the syrup.  

When all the syrup has been added, increase the speed to high.  Whip for 13 minutes.  During the last minute of beating, add ground cinnamon and vanilla extract.  Fold the marshmallow into the prepared pan and dust the top liberally with powdered sugar.  Cover the pan and let it set for 4-8 hours, until firm.

Flip the marshmallow out of the pan and unto a surface dusted with confectioner's sugar.  Use a greased pizza cutter to cut into squares.  Toss the cut squares in your remaining powdered sugar and store in an airtight container until ready to use, or up to a week.  Enjoy!

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