Thursday, February 5, 2009

Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows



The hot chocolate is the easy bit. I just followed my now-standard recipe but used Hershey's mint chocolate chips instead of the regular dark chocolate. The real excitement was when i decided to make my own marshmallows. This recipe comes straight from Nicole over at bakingbites. I halved it, as I am apt to do with everything. But apart from that, it was just a straightforward recipe. At least at first.

I found a large bowl and soaked 10 gms gelatine in 1/4 cup water for 10 minutes. In the meantime, I mixed 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup corn syrup and 2 tbsp water in a pan and boiled it for a minute, then poured it on the soaked gelatine and added a pinch of salt and a tsp of vanilla essence.

Next you are supposed to switch on the hand mixer to high and whip the gelatine/sugar mix. This is where the fun begins. Not a single recipe I've read warned me that sparks will fly. And does hot liquid sugar fly! After 3-4 minutes, I swapped into a deeper, much larger bowl. And by the time I finished the suggested 12-minute whipping, every visible surface in my kitchen (including myself) was coated in sticky sugar. But I had a fluffy mixture that I scraped into a clingfilm lined shallow, square dish and covered with more clingfilm to seal.

Because marshmallows are to be left alone to set overnight, I left kitchen in its mess for my maid to clean the next day and ordered myself a pizza.

Once a few gallons of hot water and lot of tedious hard work cleaned my kitchen the next morning, I went in and carefully removed the cover from the marshmallow bowl. I mixed 1/4 cup each of icing sugar and cornflour and sprinkled some of it on a plate. I inverted my marsmallow block on this plate and cut it into square pieces. It's a bit tricky because the sugar sticks but I followed Nicole's tip and dipped my very sharp bread knife in hot water after every cut. Then I picked each marshmallow and dipped it in the sugar and cornflour mix.

Did I tell you already that I halved the recipe? I still have enough marshmallows to drink hot chocolate every day for at least a month. And eat some on the side too!

10 comments:

Sunshinemom said...

Poor lady! I am sure she must have left wondering about the storm in the kitchen:) I am sure the marshmallows were worth it - they do look good:)

Medhaa said...

Well it was worth it all the cleaning effort. Looks great

Alka said...

Never knew we get Marshmellows in Mumbai...wooh world is truly globalizing
I only heard these fluffy things in some of cartoons which my kid watch(Oswald )
The PHCWM looks awesome, every bit of worth of all the PAIN u and ur kitchen went thru
May God give more strength and patience to ur maid ...lol

Soma said...

That sounds like a lovely thing to have, well worth the pain. But how i envy u in having a maid to clean the mess u made LOL

bindiya said...

good adventure,and venture as well, looks delicios!

Priya said...

WOwow super, just craving for this hot chocolate:) send me some SImran..love this

Curry Leaf said...

They look good and its a perfect cup.I too would like to try my hand at this

Biswajit said...

yessss! at last, the marshmallows!

Rachel said...

Poor you...

you come up with posts that reflect most of the food that I like...you just got me craving for that right about now...simple yet very very tempting...

notyet100 said...

lovely click,..