I've been playing with my veggie marshmallows...
Experiment 1: The Husband Taste Test
The first important thing was to find out how they compared against real marshmallows, which required the intervention of an expert in all things confectionery. The answer seems to be that they're close enough that I no longer need to call non-veggie marshmallows 'real' because I think these are real too. Yay!
Experiment 2: Hot Chocolate
I wanted to try this one quickly because, well, every time you order hot choclate in a nice cafe they always seem to offer marshmallows. It's always sounded like a good idea (even though the other offer is usually whipped cream, which I'm not so keen on). So I had to try this out!
The marshmallows as they arrived were pretty big, so I chopped one of them into eighths - hard work because the insides are very sticky and stuck to the knife and my fingers. But eventually I managed to get the pieces into my mug of hot chocolate. This is delicious. Apparently they don't melt quite as quickly as normal marshmallows (keeping their consistency quite well) but they float, and get a bit softer than they were, and absorb a bit of a chocolate taste. And are generally fab.
Experiment 3: Rocky Road
Rocky Road is another one of those things that I've looked at with vague envy over the course of my life - of course I've made similar refrigerator cakes but none that had, well, a name. So I was excited to try this. I know you're all thinking I get excited over the strangest things, but you should be used to that by now.
As usual, I didn't actually follow a recipe, but here's what I did. This makes a fairly small quantity, but multiplication is easier than division so really all recipes should start out small! (Plus, I'm rationing myself on the marshmallow front.)
1tbsp golden syrup
2 large marshmallows (or lots of mini ones, if you're not veggie & therefore have that luxury of choice - but really, why are you reading this recipe? It's not like I know what I'm doing!)
2 digestive biscuits, crumbled
handful of raisins
- Chop up 2 large marshmallows - learning from my earlier experience, I dusted the plate & knife with icing sugar before I started this time which meant I could re-coat the mini marshmallows as I created them.
- Put marshmallows in a bowl with crumbled digestives (I used plain chocolate ones - well, that was what I had to hand, and I thought a little bit of extra chocolate wouldn't hurt!) and raisins.
- Melt the chocolate - I used my lovely chocolate-melting machine (to avoid any disasters).
- Then, because it's all looking too much like health food so far, stir in a good tablespoon of golden syrup and melt that in, too.
- Stir everything together, spoon out into half a dozen paper cake cases, and put in the fridge. Remember that the fridge is not the oven, and therefore don't have to keep worrying about whether you've left them in there too long. (No, clearly I would never do that.)
- Once the chocolate has set, take them out and eat them!
These are my marshmallow experiments so far. All this and I've only eaten 4 from the packet! There will be more to come.....