S’mores are one of those very American things that, like baseball, marching bands and supersized portions, has never quite managed to take root here in the UK. We started chatting s’mores at Gousto HQ and all the Americans (we have a few) started nodding their heads and generally sounding their approval. “Uh, huh, yeah! So good,” was the general gist!
If you’re a little unsure about the bare facts of what these funny little treats are, let us explain the basics…
1.) Stick a couple of marshmallows in the fire until melty and toasted (like when you’re camping)
2.) Pop the warm, toasted marshmallow between two graham crackers (or biscuits) with a nugget of chocolate
3.) Congratulations, you now have your very own s’more!
Not content to follow the tried and tested approach of our transatlantic cousins, we decided to make s’mores that are more at home on British lawn than American summer camps; and there’s nowt more British than a lemon meringue pie. We’ve swapped crackers for shortbread biscuits and chocolate for lemon curd dip, but left in the marshmallows in place of meringue.
And the results? Gooey, sharp, lemon buttery biscuit joy. This is one hybrid worth hi-fiving over!
For the shortbread, you’ll need:
- 300g butter
- 300g flour
- 150g sugar
- 150g cornflour
- a pinch of salt
- Cream together the butter and sugar, along with a pinch of salt, until pale and fluffy
- Combine the flour and cornflour and add to the sugary butter mix, lightly working it in with your fingertips until you achieve a breadcrumb-like consistency
- Bring the mix together into a ball with your hands, cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for at least an hour
- Roll out and cut into discs
- Bake for 10-15 mins
For the lemon curd, you’ll need:
- 2 unwaxed lemons
- 100g caster sugar
- 50g unsalted butter
- 1 whole egg
- 1 egg yolk
- Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar and butter to a heatproof bowl
- Sit the bowl over a pan of hot water, making sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the water. Stir the mixture until the butter has melted
- Whisk the egg and extra egg yolk lightly
- Add the whisked egg mix to the lemon butter mixture
- Whisk until everything is well combined then leave to cook for 10-13 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the creamy mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon
- Leave the mixture to cool, then refrigerate until using
- Lemon curd
- White chocolate (optional)
- Top a shortbread with marshmallows and place under the grill until the marshmallows start to melt and brown
- Dollop some lemon curd onto the marshmallows (or dip them into it) and top with another shortbread biscuit*
*American purists may tell you that a s’more is not complete without chocolate. These are delish sans, but if you insist on authenticity, stick a little white (or indeed dark) in there on top of the marshmallows.
Our Lemon Meringue S’mores went down a storm when we made them in the Gousto Kitchen – they’re guaranteed to leave you wanting s’more! However, if you’re after a more classic (but just as creative with some fun baking) s’mores experience, you can add one of our S’mores Cookie Kits from the Gousto Marketplace to your next Gousto box!
If you’re after recipes for other sweet treats, our Rhubarb & Pear Brown Sugar Pavlova recipe is really popular; or if you’d your next bite of chocolate to be guilt free (wouldn’t we all?!) take a look at our Is Chocolate Healthy? article. Let us know what you think of our Lemon Meringue S’mores recipe in the comments!