Cocoa and Cardamom Marshmallows

by Wanda C

Marshmallows are one of those things that are in everyone's 'outwardly-loves-but-secretly-thinks-it-tastes-like-plastic' list. Well, for me it is anyways... It was also on my 'I-have-no-idea-what-its-made-of-because-I've-only-bought-it-premade-in-the-supermarket' list. Did you know a marshmallow is a plant traditionally used as an ingredient in the Marshmallow treat? Modern day marshmallow recipes have nothing of the sort. But the Gods of Good Eating are kind because marshmallows are incredibly easy to make, 10-fold tastier than store bought, and 100% customizable.

You'll need

  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • To Dust:
  • 1/4 cup corn flour
  • 3 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cardamom powder

Here's how

  1. Line a 9x9 in pan (or a suitable vessel) with baking paper (allow for some overhang so you can lift the marshmallow slab out easily) and grease generously.
  2. Sprinkle the gelatin into cold water and set aside.
  3. Combine evaporated milk, caster sugar, cocoa powder into a saucepan and bring it to boil on a low heat, whilst constantly whisking gently.
  4. When the milk mixture has reached 235°F/113°C or 'soft ball', remove from heat and pour into the gelatin mix.
  5. Cut the vanilla a pod lengthways and add the beans to the mix.
  6. Whip until thick glossy peaks form. it will take approx. 10 mins of constant whipping.
  7. Pour into mould/pan and let it set. Sprinkle some cardamom powder on top if you like Let the masrhmallow set for 2-3 hours.
  8. Combine the ingredients for dusting to make a dusting mix.
  9. Remove the marshmallow from the mould and gently peel off the baking paper.
  10. Dust the entire marshmallow slab and a clean surface with dusting mixture.
  11. Using a sharp knife, cut ends off to clean the edges of the marshmallow slab and discard. Or eat!
  12. Cut into small cubes, I like mine to be 1.5cm x1.5cm x 1.5cm; perfect roasting size.
  13. Toss in dusting mix, skewer and roast over an open flame .
  14. Enjoy.

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