Oh to sail away to a land of marshmallows…

March 2, 2010 § 4 Comments

Yesterday my nephew turned 3. He loves all stereotypically male things such as diggers, rockets, cranes and boats, so when I found this boat in a bottle at an antique shop a couple of weeks ago I though he would love it. I think he did; though it is hard to tell with 3 year olds sometimes. I also made him a batch of vanilla marshmallows to share with his friends today. Well when one packet got opened yesterday his dad devoured a sample marshmallow and made all the right noises, and the birthday boy promptly spat his out. He later told me while playing with some lego how much he loved the marshmallows… I don’t really get three year olds.

When I was a kid I loved the movie “Ghost Busters” I thought I would be great to have a giant marshmallow man explode over the city just so I could eat the soft sticky goo. That didn’t happen, but I did keep a few marshmallows for myself and had some in a hot chocolate to mark the first day of autumn.

Vanilla Marshmallows

1 tsp vegetable oil

2 egg whites

15 grams of gelatine

2 tbs of vanilla extract

seeds from half a vanilla bean

1/3 cup corn flour

250 g white sugar

215 ml water

Prepare a pan by lining it with baking paper and rubbing vegetable oil on the surface ( I use rice bran oil).

In a small bowl mix vanilla extract and gelatine, bring 90 ml of the water to the boil pour over the vanilla gelatine, mix till dissolved. Mix the remaining 125 ml of water and sugar together in a small saucepan place over heat until it reaches 250 degrees C (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer, then combine with the dissolved gelatine mixture. Meanwhile begin mixing the egg whites  in an electric mixer till they are just frothing, dribble the hot sugar mixture down the side of the mixing bowl while it is running. Add the vanilla seeds and keep mixing until the mix resembles a meringue like consistency.  Pour into the pan and leave in the refrigerator for about an hour to set.

Unmould from the pan, dust in cornflour and slice into cubes.


§ 4 Responses to Oh to sail away to a land of marshmallows…

  • kerry mcdonald says:

    hi Alice

    I love vanilla ANYTHING – on my birthday I bought a Portugese cake with a name like Kokoosh (phonetic memory name) and it was vanilla (looked like a muffin) and was melt in your mouth marshmellow of all vanilla muffins covered in icing sugar. The masrshmellows sound mellow (mallow?!).
    The magic of 3 year olds is partly ungettable – that’s why nobody gets them – but who can define the blend of serious fun, beauty, and ageless wisdom that they embody.

    Keep up the magical mysterious physics that your poetic cooking embodies !!! (you make me think of things live lavender cream lamingtons!!)
    Big love (all flavours)

  • kerry mcdonald says:

    again! just letting you know that in my previous reply I meant to say ‘like’ not ‘live’ in the last sentence.

    Also that I am on the look out for a Space ship in a bottle for you. Also a Time Machine in a bottle (although many empty bottles have HAD a time machine in them but it’s left – this includes very good wine, which is always transportive).

  • Siobhan says:

    I’ve always wanted to own a ship in a bottle, or at least have the pleasure of pulling up the sails of a ship in a bottle.

    I think your marshmallows are going to get a beating come winter.

  • Yum for the marshmallows 🙂 I love kids that age…they never fail to keep you on your toes 🙂

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