This version of the American campfire classic makes a great sharing dessert for the festive feasting table, using the simplicity of a tray bake for an easy, stress-free crowd-pleaser! The recipe can be prepped in advance and the toppings can be added then grilled just before serving, so that it’s warm and gooey.
Photography by Clare Winfield
For the biscuit base/crust
120 g/4 ½ oz. vegan digestive or oatie biscuits/graham crackers
120 g/4 ½ oz. vegan rich tea biscuits/cookies (such as McVities Tasties)
140 g/5 oz. vegan block margarine such as Stork, melted
3 tablespoons golden syrup
Large pinch of salt
For the chocolate filling
240 ml/1 cup unsweetened soy or other vegan milk
200 g/7 oz. dairy-free dark chocolate, approximately 70% cocoa, roughly chopped
60 g/2 oz. coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons maple or agave syrup
Large pinch sea salt
2 vegan digestive biscuits/graham crackers, broken into rough pieces
90 g/generous 3 oz. vegan marshmallows, such as Naked or Freedom Mallows
12 cherries, pitted and halved (preferably fresh but can substitute jarred), or substitute raspberries
25 g/generous ¾ oz. roughly chopped pistachios
deep baking sheet approximately 30 x 20 cm/12 x 8 inches, lined with greaseproof paper (trimmed to ﬁt)
Makes approximately 12–16 pieces
To make the base/crust, blitz the biscuits/crackers in a food processor to make a crumb. Place in a large bowl with the remaining ingredients and mix well. The mixture should clump together when pressed. Put the mixture into the baking sheet and press down very ﬁrmly making an even layer using your ﬁngers or the back of a spoon. Place the baking sheet in the fridge to set for 20–30 minutes.
To make the chocolate ﬁlling, heat the milk in a small pan over a low heat until almost boiling or heat in a bowl in the microwave. Add the chocolate and set aside for 5 minutes until the chocolate has almost completely melted. Stir in the melted coconut oil, syrup and salt with wooden spoon.
Using an electric or hand held mixer, whisk the chocolate ﬁlling to make a ﬂuﬀy texture. Spread over the biscuit base/crust and return to the fridge to set for 20–30 minutes. You can freeze this dessert at this stage and then defrost and add the ﬁnal toppings when ready to serve.
When ready to serve, top the tray bake with a scatter of marshmallows and the other toppings. Place under a hot grill/broiler for one or two minutes until the mallows start to brown and become gooey. Cut into squares and place on a platter and serve.