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.

Reinventing The Wheel

December 12, 2009 § 3 Comments

A few weeks ago I discovered how fun it is to make marshmallows. The first ones I made were Ottolenghi’s recipe for orange blossom and pistachio marshmallows then I made some matcha green tea ones and dipped them in chocolate. A friend suggested I should re-make the Wagon Wheel. I have fond memories of Wagon Wheels and Ovalteenies from when I was a kid, (I think they were at my height in the supermarket aisle). I recently bought a Wagon Wheel and it just didn’t live up to my expectations. I guess that makes it the perfect challenge to see if I can better that memory. Who would of thought that almond biscuits, strawberry jam, vanilla marshmallow and dark chocolate would taste so good. I just wish I hadn’t eaten all my share at once.


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