We seemed to completely skip autumn this year in Sydney and instead had a summer that just kept on giving, then finally today 3 days out from winter the temperatures have dropped and the chill has arrived…. Hot Chocolate time!!
My kids love a hot chocolate, actually now I think about it, I don't recall coming across a child who doesn’t? There’s something wonderfully comforting about drinking a hot chocolatey milk on a cold day, even more so if it has a melting marshmallow in it! Surprisingly marshmallows are easier to make then you think, this recipe for possibly the cutest marshmallows ever is from The Simple Sweet Life, can you imagine your child’s face when you place this in front of them? Seriously cute, why not give them a try, full deets below x
TEDDY BEAR MARSHMALLOWS
Yield: About 20 marshmallows
¼ cup light corn syrup
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup water + 2 tbsp.
2 egg whites
1 tbsp. gelatin powder
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Powdered sugar (for dusting)
A black food marker
Pink powdered food colouring
A clean, food-only brush
2 piping bags
In a small bowl stir together the gelatin and 2 tablespoons of (ice cold) water. Set aside so the gelatin can absorb the water.
In a small saucepan whisk together the corn syrup, granulated sugar, and ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil and allow to cook until a candy thermometer registers 235F/113C. In the meantime, beat your egg whites until they hold soft peaks.
Once the sugar mixture reaches the right temperature, whisk in the gelatin (be careful with your hands because it's likely to release hot steam when you do this) and stir to dissolve. Slowly add the hot mixture and vanilla extract to the egg whites and whip until stiff (about 8-10 minutes).
Cover a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper and dust generously with sifted powdered sugar.
Spoon the marshmallow mixture into two piping bags putting most of the marshmallow into one (this will be for piping the faces) and a couple of spoonfuls into the other (this will be for piping the ears and muzzle). Clip a large hole in the piping bag with the most marshmallow and, working quickly (the marshmallow will start to stiffen pretty fast), begin piping big dollops for the faces and two small dollops for the feet on the bottom of each face. Pipe all of the faces and feet before going back with a damp finger and flattening down any points. Clip a small hole in the second piping bag and pipe the muzzles and ears. Again, pipe all the ears and muzzles before going back through with a damp finger and pressing down any points.
Allow the marshmallows to dry overnight before dusting them with a little sifted powdered sugar.
To create the faces, use a black food pen to create the eyes and toes on the paws, and a brush with pink powdered food coloring for the ears and cheeks. Allow the food colouring to dry before packaging.
Source: The Simple Sweet Life