S'mores For Girl Scouts' 100th Birthday


The Girl Scouts' 100th Birthday is this month & Culinary Expert Zoe Rogers brings you S'mores Galore

"Juliette 'Daisy' Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually."

The Girl Scouts' 100 birthday is this month — March 12, 2012! The recipe for "S'mores" has been around for at least 85 years, and was first published in 1927 in a Girl Scout handbook!

This warm, melted, gooey delight, for an eat-with-your-hands experience is a camping standby and Girl Scout classic made from two graham crackers, a piece of chocolate, and a marshmallow which is roasted over a campfire. It was named a "S'more" because it's so yummy you will want "Some More!" For The Love of Caesar: 10 New Ways

The tremendous popularity of this trinity of flavors is undeniable — we live in a world of S'mores galore: myriad S'mores' spins which I call "Gourmet S'mores" are ingredient variations of the traditional recipe — such as adding fresh strawberries or caramelized bananas, or swapping the chocolate for caramel-filled chocolate or mint chocolate, to name but a few.

Nowadays this retro recipe even takes on entirely different forms, tricked-up versions where the three-ingredient-classic is a muse to cakes, brownies, ice cream, popcorn, muffins, cheesecake, pudding, pancakes, fudge, and the list goes on! You can even get a cup of S'mores Coffee and a S'mores Doughnut to go with it. Top 5 Aphrodisiacs To Ignite Lust In Your Man!

In honor of the Girl Scouts' 100th Birthday celebration and girlhood nostalgia for all of us, even those of us who weren't a Girl Scout, but have a fun-loving and young-at-heart inner Girl Scout, and in tribute to S'mores, I created these DIY Graham Crackers. That's right, a recipe for scrumptious "Homemade Graham Crackers" which are healthier for you than commercial graham crackers and a cinch to make with this recipe. Use these "Homemade Graham Crackers" for your S'mores and you'll definitely be asking for Some More!

Homemade Graham Crackers

Graham Crackers are made with graham flour, but that can be difficult to obtain, so I created a recipe which gives you a similar texture, with a flavor that surpasses any you've ever tasted. Do You Love Shamrock Shakes?

Makes a Baker's Dozen — 13 (5 inches by 2½ inches) Graham Crackers

 — 1¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra to lightly flour the work surface

 — ¾ cup whole wheat flour

 — ½ cup firmly-packed dark brown sugar

 — ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 — 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and finely diced

 — 2 tablespoons molasses

 — 2 tablespoons honey

1. Sift together the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, dark brown sugar, and cinnamon into a medium-sized bowl and set aside.

2. Place the butter, molasses, and honey in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat just until combined, about 1 minute.

3. In two additions, add the dry ingredients, and beat on medium speed until the mixture is well-blended and smooth.

4. Transfer the dough to a lightly-floured work surface. Using your hands, divide the dough evenly in half, and form each half into a flat disk.

5. Wrap each dough disk separately and tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour, until chilled.

6. Unwrap one of the chilled dough disks, and transfer to a lightly-floured work surface.

7. Preheat the oven to 350◦ degrees F. and place a rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

8. Roll the dough disk out into a 1/8-inch-thickness. 

9. Using a ruler and a pastry cutter, or a sharp knife, cut the dough into 5 inches by 2½ inches rectangles.

10. Using a spatula, transfer the rectangles to the prepared baking sheets, and as you do so, place them 1inch apart.

11. Repeat the process with any leftover dough scraps.

12. Then, repeat the process with the second dough disk.

13. Using a paring knife, gently score each rectangle to create a line down the middle, but do not cut all the way through the dough.

14. Using a toothpick or substitute a fork, pierce each graham cracker with 4 rows of holes 8 holes long down the length of each rectangle, which is necessary for proper baking of the graham crackers and you will notice makes them resemble store-bought graham crackers as well.

15. Bake the graham crackers, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time, until the edges are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. The graham crackers should crisp once they are cool.

16. Store the graham crackers in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

These graham crackers are superb eaten on their own, used for S'mores, or for any other treat or dessert!

By Zoe Rogers, a leading Culinary and Home Entertaining Expert, Friendship Authority, Author of 9 Cookbooks, and Culinary Judge of Cooking and Baking Contests. Zoe Rogers is an Award-Winning Author of Food and Beverage Articles and Writes about the Connections Between Food, Drink, Love, and Friendship. Zoe has a Professional Culinary and Baking Degree, a degree in commercial photography and communication design, and she has studied writing and film. 4 Delicious Ways To Seduce Your Man Using Edible Aphrodisiacs

Zoe Rogers is Founder of GalPalGreet.com — Your Home to the Power of Friendship — Where You Can Find Articles, Videos, Crafts, DIY Projects, Food and Beverage Recipes, Party Ideas and Party Themes, Entertainment and More! Zoe Rogers is on Twitter @ZoeInspiresYou

NOTE: Quotation Source: Girl Scout History

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