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Welcome to the virtual Pie Party! Dreamed up by Shauna Ahern of Gluten Free Girl, today’s Pie Party began as Shauna’s way of bringing food bloggers (and pie lovers) together under a common theme. The rules were simple: Bake a pie and post your creation on July 5. And with more than 1,400 people confirmed on the Pie Party Facebook page, the event became a smash hit long before today’s first recipe was ever even posted.
For my contribution, I’m serving up a slice of summer in a 9-inch tin with S’more Pie. A pre-made graham cracker crust is perfect for the dough-averse, while a rich ganache filling satisfies any chocoholic’s craving. But the true star of this campfire classic is the homemade marshmallow topping, which gets a quick toast under the broiler to make for a crackly, sticky top.
Dig in to my photos and recipe below and then post a link or a description of your favorite pie in the comments field below. And here’s to many more pie/pizza/burger/pasta/cookie parties to come!
For the crust:
- 1 (9-inch) pre-made graham cracker pie crust
For the chocolate filling:
- 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate (not more than 70% cacao), finely chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
For the marshmallow topping:
- 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Vegetable oil, for greasing plastic wrap
- Candy thermometer
Unwrap the pie shell and place it on a cookie sheet.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
First make the chocolate filling by placing the chopped chocolate in a large bowl.
Bring the heavy cream to a boil in a heavy saucepan then pour it over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for 1 minute.
Whisk together the chocolate and heavy cream until it's thoroughly incorporated and smooth.
Gently whisk in the egg and a pinch of salt until combined then pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust (it will be about half full). Cover the exposed crust with a pie shield or foil.
Bake the pie for 20 to 25 minutes, just until the chocolate is mostly set but slightly jiggly in the center.
Allow the pie to cool on a rack for one hour while you make the marshmallow topping.
Make the marshmallow topping by adding 1/4 cup cold water to the bowl of a heat-proof stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let it stand until firm, about 1 minute.
Stir together the sugar, corn syrup, a pinch of salt, and remaining 1/4 cup water in a heavy saucepan and bring it to a boil over moderate heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Boil it until a candy thermometer registers 260°F, about 6 minutes.
Begin beating the gelatin mixture on medium speed, then very carefully pour in the hot sugar syrup in a slow stream. Try your best to avoid the paddle and the sides of the bowl.
Once all the syrup has been added, continue beating it on medium speed until the mixture has tripled in volume and is thick and glossy, about 5 minutes.
Add the vanilla and beat it just until combined and then immediately pour the marshmallow topping over the pie. It will be loose enough to spread. Refrigerate the pie for one hour, uncovered, then cover it with plastic wrap that has been coated lightly in vegetable oil and chill it for 3 more hours.
Preheat the broiler.
Place the pie on a cookie sheet, remove the plastic wrap and cover the pie edges with a pie shield or foil.
Very carefully rotate the pie under the burner, about 3 to 4 inches away from the flame, just until the top is evenly browed, about 3 minutes.
Let the pie cool for 10 minutes before slicing it with a sharp knife dipped in hot water.