Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chocolate Marshmallows

I have read marshmallow recipes for many years but never tried any, although I always was rather curious about what they'd be like. I am not very fond of marshmallows, as a matter of fact, and my curiosity was never great enough to move me to experiment.

Rose had a friend from Chicago visit last weekend, however, and tried out this recipe from the current Cooking Light. Other than mentioning that sampling cocktails before working with boiling sugar syrup seemed an unnecessary risk (one they took seriously enough to postpone cocktails, by the way), I didn't participate at all.

As we have come to expect from Cooking Light, Rose said the recipe worked exactly as written and was very easy. Everyone loved the soft texture and slight chocolate flavor. I did sample one and as marshmallows go it was good enough.

Next time Rose may try more cocoa powder for a deeper chocolate flavor. It also seems to me that a mint version would be good, perhaps with a touch of green or pink food coloring.

Chocolate Marshmallows

For a more pronounced chocolate flavor, increase the cocoa powder in marshmallows.

1 cup water, divided
3 (1/4-ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light-colored corn syrup
Dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa
Cooking spray
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1. Pour 1/2 cup water into a small microwave-safe bowl, and sprinkle with gelatin.

2. Combine remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a medium heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 250°. Pour sugar mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer; let stand until a candy thermometer registers 210°.

3. Microwave gelatin mixture at HIGH for 20 seconds or until gelatin melts, stirring after 10 seconds. With mixer on low speed, beat sugar mixture using a whip attachment; gradually pour gelatin mixture in a thin stream into sugar mixture. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Increase speed to high; whip mixture at high speed until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Reduce mixer to medium speed, and gradually add 1/4 cup cocoa; beat until combined. Using a spatula coated with cooking spray, scrape mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray; smooth top. Let stand 2 hours.

4. Sift together powdered sugar, cornstarch, and 2 teaspoons cocoa into a jelly-roll pan. Using an offset spatula coated with cooking spray, remove marshmallow from pan; place in sugar mixture. Using scissors well coated with powdered sugar mixture, cut marshmallows into 78 (1-inch) squares. Dust with powdered sugar mixture; shake to remove excess sugar mixture.

5. Arrange marshmallows on a cooling rack placed on a rimmed baking sheet. Place bittersweet chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH for 1 minute or until melted, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth. Drizzle melted chocolate over marshmallows; let stand until chocolate is set.


Catholic Bibliophagist said...

I used to make marshmallows way back in the Elder Days. My recipe was from Better Than Store Bought by Helen Witty and Elizabeth Colchie. It was a simpler recipe in that it did not involve boiling the water, sugar, and corn syrup, nor did it require a candy thermometer.

You can flavor marshmallows with anything. Rosewater is rather exotic. A friend of mine makes pumpkin flavored ones. (I haven't tasted those because I've since been diagnosed with diabetes.)


Julie D. said...

I remember reading that book long ago. Perhaps it is time for another look! Not that I care about marshmallows, though ... but Rose might be interested. Thanks for the heads up!

Jenny said...

I tried a recipe once that was vegetarian (not vegan, impossible) - egg whites, sugar, and xantham gum. Playing with chemicals is fun! I made rice krispie treats for a friend who hasn't had any since she was a kid because of the gelatin thing.

That's what I'd want to do with chocolate marshmallows! Maybe with cocoa krispies?

Julie D. said...

Good idea!

Anonymous said...

sounds to complacated for me. I guess I'll have to just buy them.

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Debbie said...

I have made the Barefoot Contessa's Marshmallows a number of time. Easy, peasy and so yummy. I'm not a big fan of the white puffs, but these are great. Can't wait to try your version with chocolate!