Friday, 9 August 2013

Chocolate Lime Cups

Chocolate Lime Cups

My list of sweets to try has been growing steadily, thanks in no small part to all the recipe ideas I've been finding on Pinterest. As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®, I headed to Sainsburys to shop for some confectionary ingredients, with the hope of recreating some of my favourite pins. Marshmallows, nougat, turkish delight... I want to master them all.

My initial plans always tend towards the over-ambitious, and I actually had dreams of making dozens of pretty sweets in a single afternoon. Then I clicked through from the pinboards (where everything looks so very easy) and realised that, in the real world, there's serious work involved in making the likes of Montellimar nougat.

Marshmallows sounded comparatively easy, and I found plenty of cases of people claiming to be able to make them in less than half an hour, beginning to end, so that seemed like a good place to start. I had some lime extract that I wanted to use, and I got the idea of lime marshmallows from Bobbies Baking Blog, but I didn't want to make them plain. Chocolate limes are a classic sweet and one of my childhood favourites, so my first thought was that it might work well to half-dip the marshmallows in chocolate. Or maybe, inspired by some of the amazing striped marshmallows I'd seen, I could make one layer of lime and one of chocolate.

I started by following this vanilla marshmallow recipe, which was about the simplest I could find, but I used Dr Oetker's Vege-Gel as a substitute for the gelatine. The Vege-Gel packet is very insistent about the fact that it works in a different way to gelatine, so I was prepared to amend the recipe accordingly to follow the packet instructions. That's fine; I'm very happy changing recipes and experimenting. I figured out how much Vege-Gel I was supposed to use based on the amount of liquid in the recipe, and I thought I was good to go.

Unfortunately it didn't work. An hour of hard work later, and all I had to show for my efforts was a bowl of striking green goo. Whatever I did, it refused to thicken to anything beyond a lime-scented slime. (The kitchen did smell amazing, though.)

Green slime!
Not a marshmallow.

I went back to Google, hoping I'd be able to track down someone who'd successfully made the substitution, only to discover pages of lamentation and failure... and the recommendation to use agar agar instead. I managed to find a vegan marshmallow recipe that doesn't rely on gelatine. Being vegan, it also skips over the egg whites, so the ingredient list is much simpler. Well, luckily I had a box of agar flakes in the cupboard, so I took a deep breath and went back to the kitchen. This one got a lot closer to working, but although the mixture did everything it was supposed to this time (including climbing up the arms of the whisk), the end product never quite set into a successful marshmallow.

Well, I needed to feed my friends now, not in six months time when I've finally mastered the art of the vegetarian marshmallow - so I turned to a more reliable idea. Sticking with the chocolate lime theme, I made some cute little chocolate cups, and filled them with a whipped white chocolate ganache, which I coloured green and flavoured with lime extract. Unlike my marshmallow attempts, these were a resounding success.

Chocolate Lime Cups

Chocolate Lime Cups
Makes 18

100g dark chocolate
150g white chocolate
100g double cream
½tsp lime extract
a couple of drops of green food colouring
candy lime slices and green glitter sugar, to decorate
  1. First, make the chocolate cups. Melt (and optionally temper) the dark chocolate, and coat 18 mini sillicone cases. The easiest way to do this is to add more chocolate than you need for each case (I found 1tsp was about right) and slowly rotate the case to coat it, before tipping the excess back into the melting pot. Don't make the cases too thin, or they will break when you try to remove them from the moulds.
  2. Set aside, and leave to cool.
  3. If you want to add glitter sugar, spread the sugar crystals on a plate, and dip the edge of the chocolate into the sugar just before it hardens.
  4. Once the chocolate cups have hardened, carefully remove them from the sillicone cases.
  5. Melt the white chocolate.
  6. With an electric beater, whisk the white chocolate together with the cream, lime extract, and food colouring. Beat until light and fluffy.
  7. Gently transfer the ganache to a piping bag, with a wide nozzle.
  8. Pipe ganache into each chocolate cup.
  9. Top each cup with a candy lime slice for decoration.
  10. Chill the chocolates until you're ready to eat them.
Chocolate Lime Cups

I'm linking up with We Should Cocoa, which is being hosted this month at Elizabeth's Kitchen - where the theme is chocolates. These little morsels are perfect with a cup of coffee. I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with.

Chocolate Lime Cups


Elizabeth S said...

These are absolutely superb! My mouth is watering at the thought of the chocolate and lime combination. Loved your failed marshmallow story too, you made me laugh out loud in my kitchen! Better luck with the marshmallows next time! Thank you for sharing your fab recipe and gorgeous photos (love the green glitter one!) with We Should Cocoa :)

Choclette said...

I nearly busted my very reliable hand held whisk trying to make marshmallows. I vowed I would never again try it until I had a stand mixer. My marshmallows were a complete disaster, took ages and made a thorough mess. Like you I'd love to master all these things, but have figured I'd better stick with trying to master chocolate tempering first.

Anyway, your cups look very pretty and I'm glad they were a success. I reckon chocolate and lime is a lovely combination and I bet these tasted delicious. Thanks for entering them into We Should Cocoa :)

Rebecca said...

Sounds delicious! I love lemon and chocolate together, so I bet lime is just as good. Sorry about your marshmallow woes - vegan marshmallows are a challenge for sure. Homemade marshmallows are worth it though if you can make it work. I don't know if you came across in your search, but it might help.

Rachel said...

If you get vegan lime marshmallows to work I suspect your fame will spread at lightening speed!

AngelEden said...

I love homemade marshmallows! Will definitely have to give these a whirl :)

Gloria Baker said...

I love these chocolate lime cups Rachel!
and love marshmallowa!!XO

Anonymous said...

we heart marshmallows...these cups have everything to make us smile....such a lovely treat,yumm :-)

Angie Schneider said...

White chocolate ganache flavoured with lime...I think I prefer this to marshmallow. These chocolate cups look divine, Rachel.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your lime cups look awesome. I would love one with a cup of tea.

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You said...

How creative, Rachel! These chocolate lime cups look very delicious and would be a great party treat. I am a big fan of chocolate and fruit together.

Laura Dembowski said...

I love making candy, but it is definitely time consuming, especially if you aren't used to doing it. Homemade marshmallows are my favorite, but I've never made them without gelatin. you'll figure it out though!

Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking said...

Who knew making marshmallows was so challenging! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has culinary disasters! I think the lime cups are just too cute!

Cindys Recipes and Writings said...

Stopping by via SITSGirls these look amazing! Have to share!

Andrea B. said...

These look really yum! Found you through #SITSSHAREFEST and just pinned you to the Pinterest board! :)

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Chocolate and Lime are so good together!! These are great!

Subha Subramanian said...

Tempting chocalate cups......Lovely....its worth the effort......


Aleksandra Rybinska said...

They look really cool :). I like the idea :)

Carolin @ Mummy Alarm said...

Wow, they look amazing. I'd fill them with a raspberry mousse or cream :)

christine said...

these look lovely :) shame about the marshmallows, we had problems with them when you were younger, too!

Mummypinkwellies said...

Ooo they look so scrummy!

Johanna GGG said...

I was hoping you would have the secret to veg marshmallows - I have made them from a packet but home made from scratch is just a dream for me still.

I love your chocolate cups - sound delicious

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