Just as in clothing, food has fads and fashions. We have seen the Red Velvet period, the cupcake era and now Marshmallows seem to be THE thing. I've seen photos of marshmallows cut into delicate snowflake shapes floating on top of steaming mugs of cocoa, tinted delicate pink and cut into love hearts and perfect white pillows of fluff. So I thought, lets give this marshmallow thing a try! How hard can it be?
So I assembled all the necessary equipment and supplies, picked out a recipe that I thought would be successful and Project Marshmallow was underway.
There aren't many ingredients in marshmallows mostly sugar, egg whites, gelatin, vanilla and water.
The most complicated part was making the sugar syrup which gets beaten into two whipped egg whites.
The electric mixer does all the work. Once the marshmallow mixture is this thick and very fluffy....
You pour it into a pan that has been lightly oiled and dusted with a combination of icing sugar and cornflour (corn starch).
Leave the marshmallow to 'set' for a few hours.
Then you are ready to cut out all those lovely snowflakes and hearts. But something wasn't quite right about my marshmallow. It tastes lovely but it's more marshmallow fluff than marshmallows.
I retraced my steps and reread the recipe, nothing was omitted... well, not completely omitted. I think I know the problem, I didn't weigh the gelatin properly. OK, so I messed up! I am sure my slightly sticky marshmallows will be eaten.... I've already eaten three today! Project Marshmallow will continue, one little mistake doesn't discourage me... too much.