Since we’re having a camping themed party on the weekend, it seemed like the perfect occasion to try making homemade vanilla marshmallows and homemade graham crackers. I wasn’t too sure if homemade would really taste that different from store bought, but I have to tell you they are amazing!
I started out making the homemade vanilla marshmallows. I’ve made them before here, and I used the same recipe this time, from Alton Brown. They took a little longer cooking than the recipe said, but just use a candy thermometer and you’ll be fine. They are a little time consuming but pretty easy to make, the thermometer and the stand mixer do all the hard work for you.
Let them sit overnight, and in the morning cut them into squares. They are like little white and fluffy clouds of yumminess! -is that a word?
I also tried making homemade graham crackers for the first time. I have to say that I’m not a huge graham cracker fan in the first place, they’re just not a favourite, and I had read really mixed reviews on-line with most of the recipes I looked at. I ended up using the Brown Eyed Baker’s recipe, she had me at the mention of the difference using butter makes to the taste and how it really makes them so much better than the boxed version. After making them and trying them myself, I’d have to agree with her.
To make these little crackers of goodness, you’ll need to get your hands on some Graham Flour. I couldn’t find any at my local grocery stores, but they did have it at the health food store. Look for the Bob’s Red Mill brand.
The graham flour really does give them that characteristic graham cracker texture. I used light brown sugar, since it’s what I had on hand, and I think it worked out great. They also have some honey in them, also adding to that honey graham taste you remember from childhood.
I did find the dough quite crumbly and hard to work with when I was rolling it out. I switched from a floured surface to rolling the dough out between two sheets of plastic wrap, and it helped a little.
I have to say, I think it was really worth the extra effort to make homemade marshmallows and homemade graham crackers -they’re that good.
With gourmet s’mores, life really is a party!
Check out all the other amazing parties details, if you missed any, by clicking on the links:
- Rustic DIY Tree Branch Dessert Stand
- Camp S’more -The Decor
- Camp S’more -The Activities
- Camp S’more Free Printables
- Camp S’more -The Food