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This pie.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

Let me be perfectly honest. I didn’t make it myself.  But I want to.  And I suspect you do too.

I promise, it’s easier to make than it looks.

While I love to cook and bake and share my recipes and photos, I am surrounded by people who keep me humble, as they are actually far more gifted in the kitchen than I am.  My brother, of course, and my friend Fiona come immediately to mind.

Fiona and her family arrived at my door for dinner last weekend with this pie in hand.  It had been raining all day, and she decided we all needed a little chocolate.

Overachiever.

Can you imagine?  This pie is a masterpiece.  I pulled out my camera and just had to snap a few photos.  It was quite popular on Instagram, as you might imagine.

Smore pie

It’s adapted (really, just Americanized) from an recipe in the most recent Donna Hay magazine. Under all that billowy toasted marshmallowy meringue is a rich chocolate candy-bar style filling, and a crunchy graham cracker pie crust.  Think of it as a classic S’more dressed up to go to a fancy cocktail party…

Fiona is forever whipping up gorgeous meals and desserts and composing elegant cheese trays and cocktails, and seems to do so effortlessly.  She’s been the source of inspiration for many a post.  I’ve been bugging her to write a guest post for Bourbon and Brown Sugar for ages.  She’s off globetrotting at the moment though (she does that quite a bit), so for the moment, she told me to go ahead and share this glorious little pie of hers with you all.

I’ll keep pestering her when she returns… I can’t wait to see what she creates next.

Thanks Fiona, Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day… and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in my world!

xo MB

4.8 from 5 reviews
S'more Meringue Pie
 
Adapted, just barely, from a recipe in the April/May edition of the Donna Hay Magazine
Serves: 8-12
Ingredients
  • For the crust:
  • 1¼ cup finely crushed cinnamon sugar graham crackers
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • For the pie:
  • 20 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1½ cups whipping cream
  • For the meringue:
  • 2 cups superfine sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 egg whites
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the graham crackers in a food processor, and process until fine crumbs form. Add the melted butter and process until combined.
  3. Dump the crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie dish and, using your fingers, evenly press the mixture along the bottom and sides of the dish. Bake until the crust is slightly golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the pie dish from the oven and let cool completely before filling.
  4. Place the chocolate and cream in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour into the prepared pie crust and refrigerate for about 45 minutes - until it is firm.
  5. To make the marshmallow meringue, place 11/2 cups of the sugar, the cream of tartar and water in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook, without stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until slightly reduced and syrupy. Place the egg wihtes in the clean bowl of a standing mixer, and whisk on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining ½ cup sugar and whisk until combined.
  6. With the mixer on high speed, gradually pour the sugar syrup into the egg whites in a thin, steady stream and whip for an additional 3-4 minutes until thick and glossy.
  7. Spoon the meringue on top of the chocolate and, using a kitchen torch, lightly toast the meringue to caramelize the top before serving.
  8. If you don't have a kitchen torch, place the pie under the broiler for 30 seconds. Do watch it carefully so it doesn't burn!
  9. This pie is best eaten the day it is made.

 

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30 Responses to "S’more Meringue Pie"
  1. Fiona says:

    I think your beautiful photo is the real winner here. Thank you so much for the kind words and encouragement.
    F (pie maker and eater)

  2. OMG this pie Mary Beth! I agree, it’s TOTALLY gorgeous and I’m sure tasted just as delicious! You can’t go wrong with s’mores anything.Thanks for sharing. Well done Fiona! And awesome shots Mary Beth!

  3. Julia says:

    Wow this is a gorgeous pie! I will most definitely need to try it, and there are so few ingredients it makes it approachable. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Marianne Burtnett says:

    The perfect pie! Not surprised this masterpiece is the creation of our amazing and stylish friend Fiona. I seriously hope you can convince her to share delectable recipes and entertaining tips on Bourbon and Brown Sugar. Such an overachiever with near perfect taste, Fiona takes Hostess with the Mostess to a whole new level!

  5. I need more friends that bring pies looking like that into my life! This flavor combo has me craving summer campfire! <3

  6. Wow, that is one gogeous pie! I am a huge fan of s’mores too, so this is really a total winner in my book. That meringue looks amazing!

  7. What lovely friends you have turning up with this delicious creation! Looks and sounds amazing.

  8. This is gorgeous!! Not surprised at ALL that it was instagram popular – who could resist that fluffy pile of meringue (love the swirls, by the way) and the chocolate goodness hiding underneath. Your friend Fiona must have been extremely popular in your house! x

    • mb says:

      So true Claudia… my friend Fiona is always turning up with amazing things that make her popular in my house 🙂

  9. I concur with the others: beautiful photos of a beautiful pie! I just want to face plant…and I’m really surprised…it looks so easy!!!

    • mb says:

      I know! It’s a remarkably easy recipe for such a stunning presentation 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Rebecca!

  10. Nancy Powell says:

    Hi MB!
    I sent a package of goodies, hope you enjoy them! Loving your posts, I’ve made your empanadas twice! I think I may add toasted pine nuts next time.
    Nancy Powell

  11. That looks delicious! I’m not much of a baker but I’d love to give this one a try!

  12. That is one gorgeous pie! That meringue looks like a work of art!

  13. CakePants says:

    What a stunning pie and what a gorgeous photo! This looks like a great way to capture the spirit of a summer campfire, even when it’s raining 🙂

  14. I only recently ate my first S’more (I know, I know- as a rule I hate marshmallows) and I loved it! This looks fantastic!!!!

  15. Ahila says:

    What a beautiful pie and a delicious combination of creamy chocolate, marshmallows and meringue! Thank you for bringing this delicious treat to the fiesta, MB! 🙂

  16. Wow! What a beautiful pie! Looks too good. Found your blog through fiesta friday, and thank God I did. 🙂

  17. I’m so glad your friend let you share this with us all, it looks amazing! I want to dive right in!

  18. Kate says:

    Oh jeez! This pie will be made this summer!!

  19. Mimi says:

    I served the pie tonight to some very dear friends. It is absolutely fabulous and so rich and gooey.Dad says that it is one of the best desserts he has ever eaten. Keep those wonderful recipes coming!

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