Thursday, 5 February 2009

Marshmallow Adventures

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.)

100g chocolate
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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Melt the chocolate - I used my lovely chocolate-melting machine (to avoid any disasters).

  4. 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.

  5. 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.)

  6. 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.....


and her heart it is in ireland said...

You need to make a smore!! Even if you just use a toothpick and your stove (if you have a gas stove) or the microwave for about 10 seconds!

Louiz said...

So, how was the Rocky Road then?

mo.stoneskin said...

Good work. Not only am I sorely tempted to buy a huge pack of marshmallows and devour them all in one sitting, but I'm also contemplating the wonder of a huge marshmallow-burger hybrid, the proper non-veggie option!

Anonymous said...

Yum! That sounds great. I had no idea that there were such things as vegetarian marshmellows.

Heather said...

Ooh, that rocky road looks devine!! YUM!!
I'm glad you're finding ways to use your new treat!

Kazzy said...

You new marshmallow experiments are fun to read about. Rocky Road sounds interesting...

Kasia said...

This sounds sooo delicious... I have ingredients for Tiramisu at home, I guess it's hight time to make one :)

You've been tagged on my blog :)

Chef E said...

So are you a vegetarian? I am trying to be...

Rachel Cotterill said...

heart in ireland - don't worry, it's on my list.

Louiz - it was scrummy! Still got some in the fridge.

Mo - hmm, not sure about marshmallows + burger... but you enjoy yourself!

Dedene - I think most people don't even realise that they're not normally veggie to start with...

Heather - you should make yourself some!

Kazzy - I'm pretty sure they're even more fun for me!

Kasia - oooh, send me over some tiramisu! :)

Chef E - I've been veggie since I was about 2 years old, hence the lack of marshmallows in my life (until now!)

DCMB said...

Hadn't realised you'd stopped by my blog ... and now I wander over here and discover you're making rocky road too. I made a batch last week (traditional marshmallows with cows in, mind) and I'm not quite obsessed. Recipe much the same as yours, but with chocolate chip cookies instead of digestives. Supposed to be glace cherries in as well, but - yuck.

Rachel Cotterill said...

DCMB - ooh, glace cherries. Now there's an idea! Next batch... :)

Jenny Beans said...

I had to go back and read your blog about the original receiving of the marshmallows, and I must say, I never knew they had veggie marshmallows. Now I want to try one and see if it compares. I'm also incredibly hungry for s'mores now!

Marianna said...

Ohhh memories come to mind...memories I have been trying to block!

So I am in Manchester in a cafe (can not remember the name). What I remember is a huge and delightful "sin" involving hot chocolate with murshmallows melting in the cup...I need it now!!

Thank you for the pics. All I need is to find some marshmallows :-)

take care
peace and love

Jeanne said...

Okay, I know a biscuit = a "cookie" in the US -- but what does "digestive" mean?

cc said...

digestive is a misnomer - they're wholemeal wheat biscuits which are less sweet than many other types, quite crumbly, and, sadly, very morish, especially the half chocolate coated variety. How I wish I hadn't become allergic to wheat flour so that I could still enjoy them!!!

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