Recipe: Drunken S'more Cake

S'moreAfter posting an Eat this Word about s'mores last month, we heard from several readers about their favorite versions of this marshmallow treat, as well as requests for the recipe for Michael DiBianca's Drunken S'more Cake. We tested it, and we're happy to report that it's some seriously good stuff. A riff on the composition of a s’more, this dessert was the finale of chef DiBianca’s playful and flavorful Beard House dinner. His version calls for the nutty Nocello and Frangelico, but we think that fruity liqueurs, like Grand Marnier or Chambord, would work nicely, too. Whatever you choose, just be sure to top this treat with a mighty dollop of whipped cream.

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Recipe: Drunken S'more Cake

S'moreAfter posting an Eat this Word about s'mores last month, we heard from several readers about their favorite versions of this marshmallow treat, as well as requests for the recipe for Michael DiBianca's Drunken S'more Cake. We tested it, and we're happy to report that it's some seriously good stuff. A riff on the composition of a s’more, this dessert was the finale of chef DiBianca’s playful and flavorful Beard House dinner. His version calls for the nutty Nocello and Frangelico, but we think that fruity liqueurs, like Grand Marnier or Chambord, would work nicely, too. Whatever you choose, just be sure to top this treat with a mighty dollop of whipped cream.

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Eat this Word: S'mores

S'moreWHAT? Treats we can't get enough of. Classically, s'mores are made from Graham crackers, Hershey bars, and store-bought marshmallows. They are the darlings of Girl Scouts and campers everywhere. The name, of course, derives from eager campers asking for "some more." Over the course of the last decade, the snack has gotten the gourmet treatment at upscale restaurants like the French Laundry. A recipe from 27 Standard (now closed), posted on Epicurious.com, instructs cooks to make their own Graham crackers, marshmallows, malt sauce, and frozen cocoa mousse. Whew! Who has the energy to sing around the campfire after whipping that up? In contrast, a recipe in the 1927 Girl Scout handbook had just three ingredients, and the chocolate of choice in our summer camp days was Hershey's milk chocolate bars. Then there's the Luna™ S'mores bar, made of soy nuggets, brown rice syrup, and decaffeinated green tea extract. That version would probably please 19th-century diet reformer Sylvester

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