If my kitchen equipment had a scorecard, it would probably read something like: Broiler 35 Deanna 2. I don’t often use it but when I do; inevitability, the extra 2.5 seconds I wait to check on my dish is all it takes to turn barely toasted bread/cheese/vegetable into a black charred mess.
But after reading “7 Simple Ways To Become a Better Cook” from the November issue of Cooking Light, I was inspired to revisit the broiler at the suggestion of using fire as an flavor enhancer. One of the fun pyromania food pairings was to broil peanut butter over banana slices as it “goes up like napalm” according to the article.
If I see anything with peanut butter on it, it’s getting my attention. And the scorched PB made me think of the loveliness that a scorched marshmallow brings to a s’more and voilà, this creation came to mind.
Mind you, it took a few trials to get this right (like discovering it’s not in the graham cracker’s best interest be fired upon.) My broiler was never watched so closely.
For this recipe, the final scorecard was Deanna 4 Broiler 2. Victory!
Recipe note: I started watching my broiler very closely around 90 seconds into cooking, as about 10 – 15 seconds later is when the peanut butter started to scorch. Of course, every broiler is different and rack position will make a difference, too.
These Peanut Butter S'mores can be enjoyed year-round using the broiler or as a campfire treat in the summer! Tweet this
Peanut Butter S’mores
- 1 large banana, sliced
- 4 teaspoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
- 4 whole grain graham cracker sheets, split in half
Position rack in oven to highest level and preheat broiler.
On a baking sheet, place four bananas slices close together so they are touching to form a square (positioned so they will fit on a half of a graham cracker sheet.) Repeat until you have four banana squares total. Spread one teaspoon of peanut butter over each of the banana squares and top each with ½ tablespoon of chocolate chips.
Place under the broiler and watch closely until the peanut butter starts to scorch like a marshmallow would (for my broiler, this happens at about 1 minute 45 seconds.) Immediately remove tray from oven.
Using a spatula, carefully slide each banana square onto a half graham cracker sheet. Top each s’more with the other graham cracker half.