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S’Mores Pumpkin Pie

S'Mores Pumpkin Pie

Taylor refuses to let me experiment on Thanksgiving.

Especially when it comes to the pie.

Talk about a buzzkill.

My suggestions of “let’s try this!” or “how about that totally unique variation?” are shot down with a loving but firm, “No.” And god forbid I suggest making something OTHER than pumpkin…

Or, he tells me sure, go ahead and experiment, but he’ll be purchasing his own pre-made pie at the grocery store.

And since we all know I will not allow store-bought pumpkin pie in this house, I give in, agree to make him his boring old pie on Thursday… and immediately begin baking a few miniature pies for myself. Who cares if it’s the week before Thanksgiving, I’ll have my pie and eat it too.

S'Mores Pumpkin Pie

This S’Mores Pumpkin Pie is a mashup between my s’mores mini tarts and a classic pumpkin pie: graham cracker crust, soft chocolate ganache, classic pumpkin filling, and a heaping mound of toasted marshmallow fluff. You can take this idea and use your own classic pie recipe instead of mine, although keep in mind you’ll probably have a bit of excess as a result of the extra layer of chocolate on the bottom.

S'Mores Pumpkin Pie

Since I determined that baking an entire pie just for myself was probably overkill, instead I baked a half recipe in these two adorable 5″ pie pans I picked up recently. Turns out two 5″ pies are almost exactly half the volume of one 9″ pie. Yay, math! Each 5″ pie is a good 3-4 servings, unless you’re famished in which case you get an entire half a pie all to yourself.

S'Mores Pumpkin Pie

While it is incredibly messy to eat (I’d argue that all the best foods are), the marshmallow fluff is almost like a built-in layer of whipped cream. Sticky, toasted whipped cream.

Plus you get to use your torch (ooo, fire…)

Meanwhile, I’m still scheming on how to give Taylor’s mandated “classic pie” a new twist this Thursday, without pissing off his traditional tastes. I’m thinking maybe he won’t notice (or mind) if I spike the thing with a hearty dose of bourbon, or if he does he’ll be too toasted to complain.

(Side note – literally as I was brainstorming how I was going to make this idea a reality, Jessica’s post popped up in my reader. Great minds think alike? Check out her Pumpkin S’mores Tart, which uses a pumpkin cheesecake base and marshmallow meringue, and sounds absolutely divine.)

S'Mores Pumpkin Pie

Yield: 1 9-inch pie

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

For Crust:

  • 1/2 box (12 cookies) graham crackers, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups crumbs)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For Chocolate Layer:

  • 5 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

For Pumpkin Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch salt

For Marshmallow Topping:

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (from 1 packet)
  • 1/2 cup cold water, divided
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To prepare crust, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add butter and stir with a fork until mixture resembles wet sand. Firmly press crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes or until just set. Let cool slightly.

Combine chopped chocolate and cream in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and smooth. Pour into crust and spread into an even layer in the bottom.

To prepare pumpkin filling, whisk pumpkin with eggs until smooth. Whisk in sugar, cream, milk, spices, and salt until evenly incorporated. Pour into crust, taking care not to overfill the crust (depending on the size of your pie pan you may have a little bit leftover). Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until center is just set. Remove from oven and let cool completely, then refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or overnight. Take out approximately 1 hour before making marshmallow topping to allow any condensation to evaporate.

To prepare marshmallow topping, place 1/4 cup cold water in a small dish. Sprinkle gelatin over and let sit for 5 minutes to soften.

Combine sugar, remaining 1/4 cup water, and 1/4 cup corn syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, and boil until mixture reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer.

Place remaining 1/4 cup corn syrup in the bowl of a stand mixer. Microwave gelatin mixture on high for 5 to 10 seconds or until completely melted, then add to bowl with corn syrup. Turn mixer to low speed, and slowly drizzle in hot sugar syrup. When all the syrup has been added, increase mixer speed to medium-high, and mix for 5 minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat on the highest speed for another 5 minutes, until marshmallow is opaque, glossy, and tripled in volume.

Working quickly, dollop marshmallow mixture onto pie, and use an offset spatula to spread and shape it into a mound. Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes to allow the marshmallow to set, then gently toast with a kitchen torch until golden brown and blistered. Serve at room temperature. (Tip: to slice, first run a knife under hot water for 30 seconds; then quickly dry and use it to slice your pie. The warm knife will cut through the marshmallow and chocolate layers much cleaner than a cool knife).

Marshmallow recipe adapted from Marshmallow Madness.

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  1. 1
    Posted On November 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Best of both worlds all rolled into one evil good pie! Love it!
    Beautiful images!
    Thank you for all that you do!
    Pinned,
    K-

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    Posted On November 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I say go for it girl and spike the pie with bourbon, Why have I not thought of that?!?! S’more pumpkin Pie…what! Oh, yes please! It looks amazing and drool worthy!  

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    Posted On November 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Haha, love all of this!  First, I’m a sucker for anything mini, so that’s a given, second, I know exactly how you feel with having a SO who has traditional tastes!  At least the bright side is that he isn’t hard to impress, so at least he’s predictable if sometimes constraining ;) Love this, thanks so much for posting!

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  4. 4
    Posted On November 24, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Heck yes! Every layer of this is goodness, but the marshmallow topping really makes this special. LOVE!

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  5. 5
    Posted On November 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    So impressed! You have a recipe for marshmallow topping. AMAZING.

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  6. 6
    Posted On November 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    This recipe is truly after my own heart. Nostalgia & comfort all wrapped up in one dessert. Tell Taylor sometimes you have to let go of tradition to allow for the inclusion of chocolate, and you did the variation justice with this pie. Yum! 

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  7. 7
    Posted On November 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    This looks am amazing!!!!

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  8. 8
    Posted On November 24, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Even though I pinned Jessica’s recipe, I pinned this one too, because, yes, I need to s’more pumpkin pies in my life! Love the mini pie tins, I never know how to make less pie. Cookie recipes are easy to cut in half; pie, not so much! This pie looks so good!

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  9. 9
    Posted On November 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    What is it with pumpkin and s’mores this year?? Really, though, I’m not complaining — I think both your pie and Jessica’s tart look unreal.

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  10. 10
    Posted On November 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Gorgey! Sounds fantastic – definitely will have to try that marshmallow topping 

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  11. 11
    Posted On November 24, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I am not allowed to experiment and Thanksgiving either. My family is SO boring! But these look just so incredible! You presentation is amazing and the steam shot!! Wow, I love it!

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  12. 12
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 12:14 am

    That’s an awesome pie! I love traditions in one way but in the other, this is s’mores pumpkin pie! I mean… Enjoy it!

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  13. 13
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 3:20 am

    O my yum!! They look just incredible. A drool worthy pie :)

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  14. 14
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 3:52 am

    I like messy food, hahahah. I like to mix it and then clean a plate. But it does not look messy at all. 

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  15. 15
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Now THIS is a pumpkin pie I can get behind! Love it.

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  16. 16
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 7:33 am

    This is just too amazing!

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  17. 17
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

    these look beautiful!!! great presentation and a flavor combo everyone will love – perfect!!

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  18. 18
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Last year I convinced my dad to try a walnut cinnamon topping on top of one of the two pumpkin pies. So many people were stuck in their ways and proclaimed that they wanted plain pumpkin pie. But guess which one disappeared first? Good luck sneaking in something fun into your pie!

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  19. 19
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 11:44 am

    what a great idea. I love your little pie pans – so pretty and so convenient.

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  20. 20
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I do not know what is prettier the burnt fluffy top or the creamy pumpkin insides. these are so exciting as a fall treat or seasonal pie. I hope you have a good thanks giving!

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  21. 21
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Yay for mini pies!  I just picked up some 5″ pie dishes myself and I love them.  Lucky for me my family is flexible about the Thanksgiving menu; there are too many great variations on the classics to do the same thing every year.  Like you pies-they look amazing!!

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  22. 22
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    This looks SO AMAZING. Definitely need to try it. :)

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  23. 23
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    This is the best idea I’ve seen in a long time. Really nicely done! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. 24
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I love this!!! and love that you are scheming to come up with a twist on the classic pumpkin pie. .  do it!!! My husband is the same way but they all need to experiment a little. :) maybe you should let him buy the store bought one and find out the hard way that homemade is wayyyy better and that he needs to be open about trying new things? :)

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  25. 25
    Posted On November 25, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    What a gorgeous pie!  Yum.

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  26. 26
    Posted On November 26, 2013 at 8:13 am

    LOVE this… so making it this weekend!

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  27. 27
    Posted On November 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    It looks so super yummie <3

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  28. 28
    Posted On November 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

    This pie looks amazing! Our desserts are defined for Thanksgiving, but I am totally making this for Christmas. Yum yum.

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  29. 29
    Posted On November 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Haha Steve (and most of my family) absolutely BAN me from experimenting on Thanksgiving…so this year I compromised! I told them mom will make a traditional pumpkin pie, and I’ll start whipping up the weird! And I’ll commandeer a few of the sides too…they won’t know what hit them until its too late! Muahahaha

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  30. 30
    Posted On November 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Wow. I am sure that this will be my new favorite version of pumpkin pie, what a fantastic idea!

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  31. 31
    L P L
    Posted On December 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I was very excited to make this pie and introduce it to friends this Thursday for Thanksgiving but it did not receive good reviews – at all. The idea is great but the recipe is greatly lacking sweetness and spices – was VERY bland. So, because my pride was a little bruised, I remade it today again with my left over ingredients and added the below — tastes MUCH more interesting. :-)

    CRUST: 
    I added 2 more tbs of brown sugar to crust and used 8 tbs of butter.

    Pumpkin Filling:
    I added 2 tbs of cinnamon
    1 tbs of ginger
    2 tbs of pumpkin pie spice
    1/2 tbs of Cayenne Pepper
    1/4 c. of brown sugar

    Marshmallow Topping:
    Was very flavorless – so, I simply used marshmallows, placed them on top, and stuck under the broiler until a little browned/blackened.

    Thank you for the idea though and underlining recipe! I would never have thought of it alone and provided a great skeleton to work from! 

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    • Posted On December 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      When it comes to spices it really is a matter of preference. Using multiple tablespoons of spices is most definitely too much for my palate, but I’m glad you were able to make it work!

  32. 32
    Posted On December 3, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Looks like a delicious alternative to the normal pumpkin pie. I am totally open to trying a new twist on a classic.

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  33. 33
    Autumn Christiansen
    Posted On December 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I’m getting ready to make this and was just curious, is there really no sugar in the pumpkin filling? Does the sugar in the topping compensate?

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    • Posted On December 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Nope, there should most definitely be sugar. I’ve updated the recipe to reflect that now!

  34. 34
    Posted On December 5, 2013 at 10:24 am

    it looks absolutely DELICIUS!!!!!!!

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  35. 35
    Brian
    Posted On December 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Will the marshmallow topping survive a night in the refrigerator) spread onto the pie before toasting), or should it be done immediately before serving?

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    • Posted On December 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      I’ve never done it but I imagine it’d be ok stored overnight. If there is any condensation once it comes out of the fridge you might not get quite as toasted, but should still taste just fine!

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