Monday, October 1, 2012

A Tribute to Daniel Saraga - Smores Bars

Today's post is a special one.  It's a tribute to fellow Secret Recipe Club member, Daniel Saraga. Daniel died suddenly on September 14th.   I first "met" Daniel in June 2011 when I had his blog the Haggis and the Herring as my assigned blog for SRC. I made Daniel's very tasty Crunchy Roasted Potatoes and Carrots.  Daniel was a wonderful fellow SRC member, always taking time to comment on everyone's posts.

Daniel's wife Meredith, posted this eulogy shortly after his funeral.  What a beautiful tribute to the man she loved so dearly.  I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to compose.

Today, the Secret Recipe Club members are posting Daniel's recipes.  I hope you'll take the time to check out some of these recipes and participate in a random act of kindess today in memory of Daniel.

I've seen lots of versions of Smores bars on the blogsphere. Until now, I have resisted trying them because I just knew they would be amazing and one of those desserts where you can't eat just one piece. I was right, these Smores Bars are so delicious and for sure you won't be able to eat just one.

S'mores Squares
Recipe Courtesy of the Haggis and the Herring

1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 100g flat slab bars of milk chocolate (do not break)
1 jar (213g) marshmallow fluff (not melted marshmallows)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream butter sugar and brown sugar using an electric mixer on medium-high.
  3. Add egg and vanilla, and continue to mix for five minutes, until the mixture is fluffy.
  4. Add flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt, and mix on low until fully combined (2-3 minutes).
  5. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and press half of the dough evenly into the bottom (about 1/2-inch thick).
  6. On top of the cookie mix, place the two chocolate slabs side-by-side, and top the pan with the marshmallow fluff, spreading evenly across.
  7. Flatten the remaining dough into small/flat circles, one tablespoon at a time. Place the dough on top of the marshmallow layer.
  8. Bake on the center rack 30-35 minutes, until lightly browned and let cool completely before cutting into bars.
Mostly from the Christine Loueiro, the Toronto Star.


  1. They do look absolutely amazing. I've resisted them too because I'll est them all. But I think I see them in my near future. Great pick!

  2. Those could be the best looking s'mores bars we've seen yet. Great to be in SRC with you!

  3. What a deliciously sweet tribute to Daniel. I love s'mores. Delicious choice.

  4. Wow, I'm so tempted to make these right now! Beautiful tribute to Daniel. So sad.

  5. These look so delicious and a great way to honor Daniel

  6. I'm noticing a lot of desserts today. I <3 smores and I <3 marshmallow fluff. It's easier to find kosher marshmallow fluff than regular marshmallows, that's why. :)

  7. What a lovely tribute for all the members to post his recipes. This one sounds perfect for fall.

  8. What a very nice tribute to a friend! The cookies look ooey, gooey and great:@)

  9. A delicious way to honor Daniel.

  10. I'm so sorry to hear about Daniel's sudden death. What a lovely way for bloggers to honor him.

  11. I've been resisting as well, but this just sounds so good. And I think Daniel would want us to indulge.

  12. It's so sad to hear about this. What a sweet tribute and delicious bars!

  13. I'm so sad to hear this. But these look extremely tasty, I have also seen so many smore recipes, that I just want to make them all. Before summer seems almost completely over ;)

  14. It is so sad when young people die so early and so unexpectedly, leaving behind them a life unlived! Children who need the parent in their lives and wife who loses her other half. This is a beautiful tribute to him and the smores are so tasty and delicious!

  15. Ooh, julie, how very touching and sweet of the SRC to post Daniel's recipes to honor him. It's amazing how close we become to our blogland friends. What a lovely tribute,

  16. These sound incredible! I've copied it and printed it out to try.


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