When the middle of August comes, I begin to think about pies. For some reason, saying goodbye to summer is a bit easier when I'm thinking about a slice of homemade apple pie. Thankfully, pie season isn't here just yet. (When it is, I'll cover how to make a wonderful gluten-free crust in this column.) Right now, I'm still enjoying summer. The warm days, camping—wait. That's a lie. I don't like camping. At all. Not even a little bit. But I do like the food! S'mores are almost good enough to send me running to the nearest campfire. Almost.
One year I wanted a fun way to bring s'mores to a party. I doubted the hostess would be pleased if I showed up with a bag of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate bars and asked if she would, kindly, set up a fire. So, I brought a s'more pie instead. My friends, a mix of folks who love to camp and those who don't, all agreed that the pie reminded them the classic campfire treat.
To make it, simply prepare a gluten-free graham cracker crust, fill it with chocolate pudding (homemade or boxed) and top with marshmallows. Since s'mores require toasted marshmallows, I put the pie under the broiler to toast them.
Is this pie a replacement for classic s'mores? No! Of course not. But it's fun—and tasty too. And, I think, a nice way to transition from summer to pie season.
About the author: Elizabeth Barbone of GlutenFreeBaking.com joins us every other Tuesday with a new gluten-free recipe for you. Elizabeth is an alumna of the Culinary Institute of America and Mount Mary College. With her solid professional baking background, Elizabeth is known for creating gluten-free recipes that taste just like their wheat counterparts. She is the author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking.
- For the Crust
- 1 1/3 cups gluten-free graham cracker crumbs
- 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- For the Filling and Topping
- 1 3.4 ounce box chocolate pudding* (prepared according to directions for pie filling) OR 2 cups homemade chocolate pudding, chilled
- 1 1/2 cups (approximately) mini-marshmallows
- *Or 1 3.9 box of instant pudding. If you like a generous amount of chocolate filling, make two boxes of pudding. However, you will have leftover pudding that doesn’t fit into the pie shell.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar.
Stir until the crumbs are damp and hold together.
Transfer the crumbs to a 9-inch pie pan.
Using the back of a spoon, press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and up the sides.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, place on a wire rack and allow to cool.
Spoon the chilled pudding into the baked pie crust.
Cover the top with mini-marshmallows.
Preheat your broiler and toast the marshmallows under the broiler. Serve and enjoy. Store any leftover pie in the refrigerator.