I have wanted a fire pit in our back yard for what seems like an eternity. One of the many problems associated with this plan is that every time I harass my husband about it, he wants to build an awesome fire pit instead of buying a dinky one. Dude, I get it. The thought of having a killer fire pit in the back yard that makes everyone want to sit around it like a bunch of pyros taking advantage of a hot fire on a cool evening sounds phenomenal. However, we’ve been living in our house for TEN YEARS, and still no fire pit.
In his defense, we literally just got to the point where we can be productive around the house. Our youngest is a few months shy of his 4th birthday, so we can finally do things independently around the house without having to watch his EVERY. SINGLE. MOVE. It’s freaking fantastic to get out of the “We’re just trying to survive with a toddler” mode. Now, we face the list of 872 projects that have been put off over the years to get done around the house…and since we’re planning to move within the next year, building a mack daddy fire pit when we won’t be able to use it seems pointless. NEXT HOUSE!!
He has said so many times before, “Let’s just roast marshmallows in the fire place.” Um, NO. We’ve tried that. Every time we have roasted marshmallows in the fire place, they come out looking like they were cremated. To make s’mores, we need to have perfectly roasted, light-brown-all-over marshmallows that are slightly crispy on the outside, and melt perfectly in the middle when you bite down into a s’more, melting the chocolate bar with it as you chew. I can taste it now, just writing the description.
Now, I want some s’mores.
AND a fire pit.
In the meantime, I will happily stuff my face with a cold slice of S’mores Pie, made of a graham cracker crust, thick chocolate ganache and marshmallow creme with whipped cream. Let’s face it…even though it’s October, it’s still South Carolina. That means we’re still wearing shorts and flip flops while fighting off mosquitos and complaining about how it does NOT feel like Fall.
Thankfully, Mother Nature is starting to realize that Halloween is coming soon, so the weather will start cooling down a little bit next week. Hang on there Ma, don’t forget to shoot back up in the 80’s before cooling down for the season. Nah, she won’t forget. She never does.
1 graham cracker crust
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
6 oz. heavy cream
7 oz. marshmallow creme
4 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
Place chocolate chips in a small mixing bowl. In a microwave safe bowl, heat heavy cream just until boiling, about 45-60 seconds. Pour hot cream over chocolate chips and whisk together until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Spoon into an even layer in the graham cracker crust.
Place in refrigerator for chocolate layer to set, a minimum of 10 minutes. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine marshmallow creme and whipped topping. Using an electric mixer, beat at medium speed for 1-2 minutes, until ingredients are well combined. When chocolate layer has set, spoon marshmallow mixture on top of chocolate and spread into an even layer. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving, store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Serve with chocolate syrup and extra graham crackers, if desired.