One of my childhood friends posted a list of all the treats she had indulged in over the 4th of July: cherry pie s’mores… I stopped right there. She had me at Cherry Pie S’mores. As we posted back-and-forth about the inspiration for a new treat, her husband chimed in with the idea for Michigan cherries. Well, yes, my friends’ parents treated me to vacation at their lake house with my friend when we were little, so I will honor the memory of lake house vacations by specifying Michigan cherries.
Since I’m baking in my Houston home kitchen I created this campfire treat by broiling marshmallows in the toaster oven, but, obviously, the ideal way to toast marshmallows is over a fire on the beach. While traditionally assembling s’mores is simple, I added a step of creating cherries jubilee. So, while someone runs to the market for graham crackers, dark chocolate bars and marshmallows, someone else can prepare the cherries. Here’s my cherry twist on s’mores:
Rinse about 20 Michigan cherries; cut in half; remove pit. Yes, this is some tedious work. No, biggie – put on music and imagine you’re on vacation at the lake.
Sprinkle pitted cherries with 1 tsp sugar + 1 tsp Tahitian vanilla. If the party is adults only, maybe add 1 Tbs brandy. Give the cherries a stir and let them macerate.
Start with a graham cracker square; place 4 cherry halves flat side down; then half a Hershey’s Special Dark bar; then a toasted marshmallow; top with another graham cracker square. Smash s’more lightly together to smoosh marshmallow and melt chocolate. Indulge!
This is not the order pictured because trial-and-error. I don’t think there’s a wrong way to assemble a s’more, but I like that the cherries don’t slip on the graham cracker and the chocolate melts better when the toasted marshmallow sits right on top of it. I encourage you to make several to discover your best method of assembling s’mores.