Tuesday, April 15, 2008
TWD - the marshmallow catastrophe
This week’s TWD recipe was marshmallow. Even though I have made marshmallow before (in fact quite recently I made rose marshmallow to fill my rose cupcakes for the marshmallow cupcake hero), Dorie’s recipe had caught my eye in the past as in the photo there was chocolate marshmallow which sounded pretty jolly good. Except, this marshmallow was nothing like I had hoped. Actually, this may be the first Dorie recipe that I have tried which I have not liked.
Ok, it was mostly my fault – I made the recipe and then realised that I hadn’t put glucose syrup in the sugar syrup!! Yes, it was a big day in the kitchen, but no excuses for not reading the recipe properly! The other issue was with my gelatine. The recipe said 2 x ¼ ounce packets of gelatine. We don’t have imperial in NZ and my gelatine was in a bag, not sachets. I kind of figured that there is 25 –30g in an ounce, therefore ¼ of an ounce is about 7g. But instead of weighing it as I should have, I thought that would be about 1 tbsp, so went with that.
The meringue part actually came together quite well, but when I added the chocolate, the whole thing went runny (as I see happened to lots of other TWD bloggers). In my rose marshmallow recipe, you keep beating and beating the mixture until it is so thick it barely falls off the beater. I beat and beat my chocolate marshmallow (even though Dorie didn’t say to do that), but it didn’t thicken. Then I wondered if I hadn’t added enough gelatine, so I added about another teaspoon. In the end I just tipped the mixture into my tin and crossed my fingers.
The result is a fairly flat marshmallow that is a bit too set (my rose stuff was like eating clouds!). Probably too much gelatine – or does adding the melted chocolate change the texture too much? I don’t think that not putting the glucose in will have made a huge difference?? But I will be sticking to my rose recipe for marshmallow from now on. Then, to add insult to injury, my photos of the marshmallow are terrible – the one above is about the only half decent one!!! It is getting very autumny here now and we have had a couple of dark, stormy days – the lighting in the 1970s house is not great as I’ve said before – think I will need to get a spot light in for winter!!
My husband thought the chocolate taste was a bit odd - but I think it was probably the texture being a bit firm that was odd. I sent the marshmallow down to my 6 year old nephew and 4 year old niece in Christchurch - hopefully their palates aren't refined enough yet to know that this is less than great marshmallow!!