What we wanted to do? Make the following: First Prize Pies S’Mores Pie. What was required? A stand mixer, for the homemade marshmallow topping. What don’t either of us have? A stand mixer. Because stand mixers are wonderful but flippin’ expensive. D’oh! The recipe was shelved, at least for the time being.
However, a weekend of house-sitting at my parents’ place up in Sonoma County presented a) lots of time relaxing around the country estate, and b) my mother’s stand mixer. Huzzah!
The result? The pie pictured above, which looks a little burnt* – but trust me, it was delicious. In fact, I’ll go ahead and say that it was one of the most delicious pies I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. And we made it ourselves!
And for the proverbial icing on the cake (or marshmallow topping on the chocolate ganache, if you will): it really wasn’t very difficult. The hardest part was getting the timing right, and exercising patience while the water, gelatin, and corn syrup mixture did its thing – i.e., balloon into irresistibly gooey marshmallow topping.
*The burn marks on our pie were the result of attempting to “brulee” the top of the pie, which should be done with a propane torch or butane creme brulee torch, of which we had neither. So we stuck it back in the oven to broil for just a minute or two, as instructed, and left it in for about 30 seconds too long. C’est la vie.