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S'mores all grown up

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - Some childhood icons, such as the original version of this campfire dessert, are so inspired that they qualify for adult status, too. Embellished with premium chocolate and candied orange zest, these treats have the power to persuade all of us that one is good, but s'more is better.

Method: Direct/High Heat

Ingredients:

  • Peel of 1 medium orange, with most of the white pith removed, cut into
  • 1/4-inch wide strips
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 graham crackers, each one split in half
  • 8 thin squares (2 inches each) premium chocolate such as Valhrona
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 4 long metal skewers (or 4 long bamboo skewers soaked in water for at least 30 minutes)

Directions:

Bring a small saucepan filled three-quarters with water to a boil. Add the orange strips, blanch for 2 minutes, and then drain. In the same small saucepan, bring 2 cups water and the 2 cups sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add the orange strips, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Have a small bowl ready with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar in it. Drain the orange strips and quickly put them in the bowl of sugar, tossing them with a fork or tongs. Allow the orange strips to dry on a rack at room temperature for 24 hours.

Place each graham cracker half on a plate, setting a square of chocolate on top of each one. Add 1 or 2 pieces of candied orange peel to each piece of chocolate. Thread 2 marshmallows onto the end of each skewer. Hold the marshmallows just above the cooking grate directly over high heat and turn slowly until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.

Slide a warm marshmallow onto each square, placing the remaining graham cracker halves on top. Gently press together and wait until the marshmallows melt the chocolate slightly, about 1 minute.

Serve immediately.

Serving Size: Makes 8 S'Mores


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