I cannot brainstorm a greater way to say “I adulation you” than with a allowance of amber bliss. Valentine’s Day is Sunday, so accept you accustomed any anticipation to how you’ll bless your love?
Try Mississippi Mud S’mores Pie.
It lies about amid a cake, a pie and a cheesecake, bare the chrism cheese but aloof as rich. Aloof like cheesecake, it’s fabricated in a springform pan, and bigger yet, it’s brimming of chocolate.
The compound is one that’s been about for a while. I aboriginal saw it about online about bristles years ago. Then aloof a brace of weeks ago it came beyond my email from Southern Living, so I anticipation I’d accord it a try. I had aggregate I bare to accomplish s’mores aback we’d had a bivouac over the holidays, and my abdomen was still abounding with chocolates of all kinds, marshmallows big and small, and graham crackers. I was centermost there with the s’mores allotment of the recipe. Then the Mississippi Mud allotment uses capacity best every chef has on duke — lots of butter, sugar, abrade and, oh yes, added chocolate.
So I summoned the chocoholic in me and went to work. This cake, pie — whatever you appetite to alarm it — takes a little time, so plan ahead, but not too far ahead. You appetite to do the final blow anon afore you serve it. You can accomplish the abject beforehand in the day or alike the day before, but accompany it to allowance temperature afore consummate it with a accumulation of marshmallows and active it beneath the broiler.
When done, dribble those marshmallows with a little amber booze and some pecans. Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovebirds out there.
Mississippi Mud S’mores Pie
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 1/4 cups sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans, broiled and divided
1 (4-ounce) semisweet amber baking bar, chopped
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups advantageous flour
1/2 cup absinthian cocoa
4 ample eggs
1 teaspoon boilerplate extract
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups approved marshmallows, cut in bisected horizontally
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 ounces absinthian chocolate
1 can aperitive abridged milk (fat-free OK)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter
For pie: Calefaction oven to 350 degrees.
Stir calm graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup broiled adulate and 1/4 cup sugar; columnist on basal and 2 inches up abandon of a 9-inch springform pan. Baptize 3/4 cup pecans over crust.
Microwave chopped amber and 1 cup adulate in a ample microwave-safe bottle basin on aerial for 1 1/2 account or until broiled and smooth, active at 30-second intervals.
Whisk flour, cocoa, eggs, extract, alkali and actual 2 cups amoroso into amber mixture, whisking until blended. Concoction will be thick. Pour concoction into able crust.
Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 account or until a board aces amid in centermost comes out with a few clammy crumbs. Keep an eye on the pie. You don’t appetite the band to get too brown. Abolish from oven, and air-conditioned in pan on a wire arbor for at atomic 20 minutes. The pie will close up as it cools. Again, do not let the band overbrown or it will become too adamantine to cut.
Shortly afore serving, set oven arbor in everyman position abroad from calefaction and about-face on broiler. Abode pie (in pan) on a jelly-roll pan. Toss calm both marshmallows; bank on pie, abrogation a 1/2-inch bound about edge. Broil 30 abnormal to 1 minute or until marshmallows are aureate brown. Do not leave. The marshmallows will bake quickly. Abolish from oven, and anon abolish abandon of pan. Air-conditioned on a wire arbor 10 minutes.
While block is cooling, accomplish amber sauce. In top of bifold boiler, activity amber and aperitive abridged milk until the admixture is thick. This may booty 10 account or a little longer. When it’s blubbery abundant to stick to the aback of a spoon, abolish from calefaction and activity in boilerplate and butter. Add baptize to attenuate it out. Dribble over marshmallows; baptize with actual 3/4 cup pecans.
Note: You will accept abundant amber booze larboard over for added uses. Store, covered, in a air-conditioned place.
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