Back Deck S'mores

Back Deck S'mores
Staff Writer
Brian Samuels
Back Deck's S'mores

Known for backyard grilling, the Back Deck puts a whole new spin on this outdoor favorite. Chef Paul Sussman’s take includes a house-made graham cracker and espresso marshmallows, all prepared on the backyard grill.

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12
Servings
648
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

This recipe is from Back Deck Restaurant in Boston, Massachussetts. Vist their website for menus, reservations, and more information.

Ingredients

For the graham crackers

  • 2  Cups  all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2  Cup  whole wheat flour
  • 2/3  Cups  wheat bran
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1 1/2  Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1 1/2  Teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1 3/4  Cup  butter, softened
  • 1/3  Cup  brown sugar
  • 1/3  Cup  molasses
  • 1/2  Cup  granulated sugar

For the marshmallows

  • Oil, for greasing
  • 1/2  Cup  powdered sugar
  • 2  Tablespoons  gelatin
  • 2/3  Cups  espresso, cold
  • 2  Cups  granulated sugar
  • 1  Cup  cold water
  • 1 1/3  Cup  corn syrup
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • Dash of  salt

For the s'mores

  • 24  Graham crackers
  • 12  Chocolate bars, preferably Hershey's
  • 24  toasted marshmallows
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions

For the graham crackers

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar and molasses for about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides from time to time, until light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until just combined. Divide the dough into 8 portions and let rest for 30 minutes.

Take 4 portions, dust with flour and roll out the dough between 2 sheets of parchment to a uniform thickness of ⅛ inch. With a pizza cutter or knife cut the dough into 12 2-by-4 inch rectangles. Prick each rectangle in the middle with the tines of a fork. Dust a spatula with flour to gently move the rectangles onto a lined baking pan. Repeat with the other 4 portions of dough.

Dust the rectangles with the turbinado or granulated sugar. Refrigerate for 15 minutes while preheating the oven to degrees.

Bake until lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes, turning the pan at 4 minutes. Let cool.
 

For the marshmallows

Oil the bottom and sides of an 8 x 8 inch baking pan and dust with powdered sugar.

Put the espresso in the bowl of an electric mixer & slowly sprinkle the gelatin over the coffee while whisking. Let the mixture stand to soften.

In a heavy saucepan, cook the granulated sugar, corn syrup, cold water and salt over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Increase to moderate heat and boil the mixture, without stirring, until a thermometer registers 240 degrees. Remove the pan from the heat and, with the mixer on low, pour the mixture down the side of the bowl into the espresso until thoroughly combined.

Beat the mixture on high until it is white, thick and nearly tripled in volume, then add the vanilla.

Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan and chill, uncovered, until firm, for at least 3 hours and up to one day. Leave uncovered.

When firm, cut the marshmallow into roughly 1½ inch squares (an oiled pizza cutter works well).
 

For the s'mores

Lay out half of the graham crackers on plates, top with the chocolate, then toast the marshmallows over your backyard grill, as you would around a campfire. Place 2 hot, toasted marshmallows on each cracker and top with another cracker. (I like to lean the top cracker at an angle so you can see the chocolate and toasted marshmallow.) Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
19g
21%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
12mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
124g
95%
Protein
12g
26%
Vitamin A, RAE
88µg
13%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
30mg
40%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
415mg
42%
Choline, total
16mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
9g
36%
Folate, total
241µg
60%
Iron, Fe
12mg
67%
Magnesium, Mg
75mg
23%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
16mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
4mg
80%
Phosphorus, P
203mg
29%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
17µg
31%
Sodium, Na
491mg
33%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
60g
2%
Zinc, Zn
8mg
100%

S'more Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

S'more Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.

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