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Salted Caramel Marshmallow Pops

9 May

Food Gawker Submission 3Sometimes when browsing the supermarket shelves (fess up, we all do it) you spot an ingredient that makes you go Oooooh, and then Hmmmm and before you know it you’re that crazy lady standing still in the aisle muttering to yourself, envisioning all the things you’re going make with your amazing new find.  I do this more than I like to admit, but that’s not the point, the point is Oooooh, look what I found.

MP FlavourThat’s right SALTED caramel flavour.  Can we all say YUM!  So salted caramel . . .  salted caramel marshmallows . . . on a stick . . . covered in chocolate.

MP INGTo start take:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsps Salted Caramel Flavour
  • 400gms golden caster sugar ( you can use white, but golden will give a more caramelly flavour and yes, caramelly is a word.
  • 400 ml cold water
  • 36 gms powdered gelatine (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 20mls of golden syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • icing sugar and corn flour in equal measure to dust
  • 200 gms chocolate to coat
  • salt crystals to decorate

MP Sifted SugarLine a baking dish (mine was 29cm by 24cm) with parchment paper and sift some of the corn flour icing sugar mix on the bottom.

CM Egg WhiteIn a heat proof bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form firm peaks.

MP GelatinPlace some water in the bottom of a small pot and then create a double boiler by placing a bowl in the pot.  Make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.  Add 200mls of water to the bowl and sprinkle the powdered gelatine on top of the water.  Set this aside.

MP MixutreAdd the sugar,  the syrup, the salt and the water to a medium sized pot and place over a medium heat.  Bring the sugar mix to a boil and cook until it reaches 130°C,  or 266°F for those of you across the pond.  A few minutes before the mixture reaches 130°C, place the pot with the bowl of gelatine on a medium heat and warm until the gelatine has completely dissolved.  Once you’ve reached 130°C, remove the sugar mix from the heat and add the gelatine mix to it.  Be careful, the mix WILL bubble up.

MP BeatenWhisk up your egg whites one more time and then, with the electric beater still whisking, slowly pour the sugar syrup on the egg whites until it has all been absorbed. Continue whisking until the mixture thickens and resembles the mixture in the bowl above.  This should take about 7-8 minutes.

MP SettingPour the mixture into your prepared baking dish and leave to set (about 4 hours)

MP CubedSprinkle  a chopping board with your corn flour, icing sugar mix and turn your marshmallow slab onto the chopping board. Then using your sharpest knife (either oil it or coat it in your corn flour, icing sugar mix) cut your marshmallows into cubes.

MP Melted ChocolateMelt your chocolate, either in a microwave or in a bowl over a pot of just simmering water.

MP DippedStick a cake pop stick into your marshmallow and dunk it into the chocolate.  AVOID the temptation to pop the whole lot in your mouth at this stage.  Or maybe try just one . . . you know in the interests of quality control 😀

MP coolingOnce your pops have cooled slightly, but are still tacky, sprinkle a some salt crystals on top.  If you put them on while the chocolate is too warm they will dissolve.

MP BiteEnjoy the squishy awesomeness!

 

 

Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

26 Jan

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So the BH and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by eating at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s recently.  As much as I would love to tell you that it was over-rated and expensive, I honestly can’t.  It was perfect.  Every course was balanced and tasty and I can’t tell you when last I oohed and ahhed so much, but the thing that most blew my little mind was the marshmallow that was served with the  coffee.  It was a complete revelation.  You see, up until that amazing moment, I had only ever eaten commercially produced marshmallows AND I loved them, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to buy a marshmallow again.   Naturally, the moment I got home, I had to try making my own and luckily they turned out to be a close facsimile of the one I had, because otherwise it would have meant weekly trips to Claridge’s and a  steady financial decline for the BH and I.  I am also hugely excited about the flavour possibilities for these lovely little morsels.  I’m thinking coffee, lemon, chocolate,  raspberry, elderflower.  Oh my watch this space.

M ingTo start take:

  • 400 gms of caster sugar
  • 50 ml of golden syrup
  • two egg whites
  • 100 gms icing sugar
  • 100 gms corn flour
  • 20 gms geletine powder
  • 400 mls of cold water
  • 10 mls vanilla bean paste

M Icing SugarSift together the corn flour and the icing sugar and set aside.

M dustingLine the bottom of a glass baking dish with parchment paper and lightly oil the paper.  Then dust the bottom and sides with about an eighth of the icing sugar/corn flour mix.

M egg whiteBeat the egg whites in a heat proof bowl until stiff peaks form.  Then add half the water to a small sauce pan and sprinkle the gelatine powder on top to allow it to bloom.

M sugarAdd the remaining water to a large pot with the sugar and the golden syrup. Stir to dissolve the sugar and then turn on the heat. Without stirring bring the sugar mix to 130ºC. You will need a sugar thermometer for this.  While this is boiling away, slowly heat the gelatine mix until the gelatine has completely dissolved. When the sugar reaches 130ºC, slowly add the gelatine mix to the sugar mix.  IT WILL BUBBLE UP, so please be careful.

M beatingAdd the vanilla to the egg whites and whisk.  Then add the sugar/gelatine mix to the egg whites in a slow and steady stream while whisking.  Once it has all been incorporated, beat the mixture until thick and fluffy. This should take about ten minutes.

M spreadPour the mixture into the pre-prepared baking dish and smooth the top with an offset spatula and allow the mixture to set for at least four hours, but preferably overnight.

M dusted 2Put a generous dusting of icing sugar on the board you’re going to turn the marshmallow mix onto.

M cutCut the marshmallow into the shape you want.  Here again you can let your imagination run wide.  Heart shaped mallows for Valentines day, Gingerbread marshmallows at Christmas.  I am going to have so much fun with these 😀

m dryingDust the marshmallows liberally with the icing sugar/corn flour mix and leave to dry on a baking rack for about half an hour.  Store in an air tight container for about 3-4 days, if they last that long.

M finished

Rocky Road Fudge

25 Apr

Sometimes, when it’s been raining for too long, or payday is far away, or your relationship is yo-yo-ing, or as in my case, your family is miles away and it will be forever before you get to see them again, or any other time when life is in a teeth kicking mode, you NEED something that tastes of your childhood.  Something that will take you back to the kitchen giggles of when you were first discovering a love of cooking.  For me, it’s Rocky Road Fudge.

One bite into the soft, sweet marshmallow balanced with the crunchy roasted nuts, just held together with chocolate and I’m ten again.  This is one recipe I don’t really muck about with, I do my best to keep it exactly the way I first made it.  The only concession I make to the fact that I’m no longer ten, is that I now use two thirds dark chocolate.  The really great thing about this recipe is that it requires no special ingredients or equipment and it’s both quick and easy to make.  Making it perfect for the little ones.

Take:

1 tin of condensed milk

300gm of chocolate

2 cups of mixed nuts (I like hazel, walnut and almond)

150 gm of marshmallows

1 splash of vanilla essence

Before you begin, line a rectangular dish with baking paper and grease it.  Then put the nuts on a baking tray and let them gently toast at 180°C for about 15 – 20 mins.  Keep an eye on them to prevent them from catching.

While the nuts are filling the house with the scent of . . . well . . . nuts,  chop the chocolate in to even sized chunks so that it will melt evenly.

Before you melt the chocolate mix the nuts and marshmallows into a bowl.  I must confess to a little lie at this point, there is one other thing that I’ve changed since childhood.  I now use mini marshmallows.    We used to spend an eternity snipping regular sized marshmallows into bits, but honestly why do it if you don’t have to.

Now melt the chocolate.  If you’re working with a little one, you can melt the chocolate in the microwave.  I prefer melting it in a glass bowl over water because it makes me feel like I really know what I’m doing.

Once the chocolate has melted, quickly whisk in the condensed milk and the vanilla and then scrape the chocolate mix on top of the waiting marshmallows and nuts.  Using a wooden spoon, mix them all up together.  The sound of this, the nuts mixing together, is where this dish apparently got its name.  Once the marshmallows and nuts are evenly coated, pour into the lined dish and press down with the wooden spoon.

Now it the time to practice your patience.  Pop it in the fridge and leave it for at least an hour, until it has set.   Then pull it out of the tray using the parchment paper and slice into fudge sized bites.

Now, if we’re going to be honest, these babies, while munchish and morish, are never going to win any beauty awards, but display them on a on a glass stand and let their taste win the hearts of even the chews-iest of folk.  Because, trust me, they will.

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