Wednesday, July 11, 2018

S'mores calzones

Too hot to make s'mores outside? Then try these huge s'mores calzones indoors! With just a handful of pantry ingredients, you can enjoy these tasty treats any time of year!

I don't know about all your parents out there, but my 8 year old is a feisty one. She is stubborn as a mule and definitely likes to have things her way. I guess it doesn't help that she's an only child.

She was getting upset one morning as my husband left the house to go exercise and started pitching a fit. He tried to distract her and knew that I had a s'mores recipes on my mind for the day. He told her to go ask Mommy what she was making and then her attention turned to me as he quickly slipped away. Crisis diverted.

Addie came to me and asked what I was baking. She looked at my ingredients and took a guess. When I told her that I was making s'mores calzones, she was beyond excited and the tears finally dried from her face. After I rolled out the dough, she helped me fill them with the graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Of course, as Mommy's little helper, she got to sample some of the filling ingredients as well.

After we had lunch, she and I shared half a calzone. The pizza dough made it fun and chewy, and the filling was also fantastic. I think we could have filled ours up with more chocolate (because, chocolate) but we both enjoyed these very much. The recipe below makes 4 huge calzones. If you want, you can cut the dough recipe in half or just use half of a package of refrigerated pizza dough so it makes two.

S'mores calzones
  • 1 recipe pizza dough (or store-bought is fine; the recipe I used is below)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • Graham crackers
Pizza dough
  • 3 and 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour (can substitute with all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 packet (2 and 1/4 teaspoons) instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
Directions
To make the dough, combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a stand mixer fitted with the hook attachment. Alternatively, you can make everything together by hand in a large bowl. Turn the mixer to low and slowly drizzle in the warm water and olive oil and keep mixing until the dough comes together in a ball. The dough should be smooth, pliable and somewhat tacky (not sticky). If it's too sticky, add more flour. If it's too dry, add a little bit more water.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rise and double, about 1-2 hours. 

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats and set aside.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut it into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece out into a circle. Take 1 or 2 graham crackers and break them into smaller pieces and scatter them over half of the circle. Add a handful of chocolate chips and marshmallows and sprinkle them on top of the graham crackers. 

Fold the dough over so it forms a half circle and pinch the edges to seal. Place on your prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake in your preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are light golden. Allow the calzones to cool down slightly before serving.

Top with additional melted chocolate, marshmallows, and/or graham cracker pieces or crumbs if desired. Leftover calzones should be covered in an airtight container and can be reheated in the oven (wrapped in aluminum foil). 

Yield: About 4 large calzones (enough to serve about 8)

Source: An Eva Bakes original; pizza dough from Bobby Flay via Food Network

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