When I went to college, fresh out of a French high school, I had to write an English test to prove that I indeed could read and write in English. Part of the exam was an essay and the uninspiring topic was "where do you see yourself in 10 years." I think I spent three-quarters of the time just sitting, staring at a blank page. I had never cared to look to the future dreamily, and there I was in an exam room having to prove that I understood English by writing an essay about something I didn't want to contemplate. Needless to say, my essay was so awful that they threw me in "English for immigrants", a class destined for those who were unfamiliar with the language. I kid you not. Trouble is, English is my mother tongue. I think that's what happens when you make Jan contemplate the future.
Recently, I have been thinking a lot about that English placement essay and I've started to wonder if, today, I could answer that question any better. Where do I see myself in 10 years, or 5 years, or even just in the next 6 months? Honestly, I still have no idea what the future will bring. It's still kind of blank for me. I guess that I see a big question mark made of neon lights with that buzzing sound. I think I just live day by day and wait to see what will happen next rather than trying to predict. Somehow, I'd rather just live than waste time worrying about what's going to happen.
Instead of analyzing my life and uncertain future, I've been contemplating s'mores: roasted marshmallow and a couple squares of Hershey's milk chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers. When was the last time you had one? I haven't had a s'more in ages. I used to love the smell of smoke from a fire in a fire place, or better yet a campfire outdoors. I used to roast my marshmallows on a twig until they'd practically catch fire.
Alas, I don't have a fire place in my apartment, and I'm pretty sure if I lit a campfire on my balcony, my neighbors would freak out and call the cops on me. So to satisy that craving, I made these s'more bars (no fire required!) with a graham cracker crust, a layer of milk chocolate (Hershey's brand of course, and I will accept no substitutes!), and topped with mini marshmallows. The heat of the blind-baked crust turns the chocolate all melty and I then topped the bars with mini marshmallows and finished them on broil to puff the marshmallows and turn them golden brown. It's simple. It's satisfying. It warms the heart.
S'more barsMakes 9 bars
- 125 grams (1 1/4 cups) graham cracker crumbs
- 70 grams (5 tbsp ) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/8 tsp salt (or more for a saltier crust)
- 4 bars (45g each) Hershey's milk chocolate, broken into little rectangles
- 100 grams mini marshmallows (this works out to 150–200 of them)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Grease the sides of an 8x8-inch square pan. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the crumbs and melted butter until the crumbs are all evenly moistened. Spread them in the prepared pan and press to create an even base.
- Bake the crust for 10 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and immediately top with a single layer of chocolate. Let stand for 3 minutes then spread the chocolate with a fork.
- Preheat the oven to broil. Top the bars with a layer of mini marshmallows and brown them in the oven on the top rack for a minute or two (keep your eye on them to avoid them catching fire!).
- Let the bars cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.