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!