Friday, October 17, 2008

Chocolate marshmallows

Chocolate marshmallows / Marshmallows de chocolate

My friend and I went to the movies last night to watch “Nights in Rodanthe” and we both got out of the theater even more in love with Richard Gere then we already were. :)

Part of the movie takes place in a beautiful beach, with a house surrounded by balconies. I can easily picture myself there, with a cup of hot chocolate and these marshmallows. Talk about a great way of spending a cold afternoon.

Chocolate marshmallows / Marshmallows de chocolate

Chocolate marshmallows
from Australian Gourmet Traveller

Marshmallows:
20g powdered gelatin
330g sugar
100ml corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
20g Dutch-process cocoa

Coating:
60g pure icing sugar, sifted
35g corn starch
15g Dutch-process cocoa

Place gelatin in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add 1/3 cup (80ml) cold water and let stand for 10 minutes.
Combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/3 cup (80ml) water in a saucepan and stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, bring to the boil and cook without stirring until mixture reaches 121ºC/249ºF on a sugar thermometer. With the mixer on low speed, add this syrup in a thin steady stream and whisk until combined. Scrape down sides of bowl, add vanilla, increase speed to high and whisk for 8-10 minutes or until thick, white and fluffy – I used a Kitchen Aid and in 4 minutes it was done.
Sieve over the cocoa, whisk and transfer mixture to a baking paper-lined, lightly oiled 17cm-square cake pan*, smoothing top and stand overnight. Turn onto a lightly oiled cutting board and cut into squares – coating the knife with cooking spray or brushing it with oil helps a lot.

Sieve together icing sugar, corn starch and cocoa, then roll marshmallows in cocoa mixture to coat.

Marshmallows will keep for up to a week in an airtight container.

* I used a high 15cm square pan and a 20cm square pan would have been even better

Makes about 60

43 comments:

The Food Librarian said...

These are so amazing! They look perfect with some hot mug of chocolate.

Snooky doodle said...

wow wish to make these . They re perfect with hot chocolate and even on their own yumm:)

RecipeGirl said...

Mmmm.... to both the marshmallows AND Richard Gere!

I've wondered where that house is that it is not getting swallowed up by the ocean. It looks awfully close to the water in the movie!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Who needs the beach? I'd curl up with some cocoa and those lovely marshmallows anywhere!

Peter G said...

I can't believe you made marshmallows Patricia! What a great and professional effort...they look delicious!

Manggy said...

Hee, you are such a girly girl Patricia :P Anyway, I applaud you for having the patience to make these, and so neatly too! (It's almost summer there, right? Or the other way round?) I imagine mine will come out in shapes of frustration!

Mary Coleman said...

I've never entertained the thought of making marshmallows, but you've inspired me to try it. A chocolate marshmallow and Richard Gere sounds almost like too much heaven to handle!

Mandy said...

homemade marshmallows are pure bliss. If I can have some in front of me right now. Is the movie good? I am planning to watch it too.

LyB said...

Mmmm, I love homemade marshmallows, and Richard Gere too! I've never made chocolate marshmallows, I would love to try these! That monkey cup is just adorable. :)

Pam said...

These are so pretty and look like something I could actually make. What is icing sugar?

noble pig said...

OMG Patricia these are amazing looking. I mean serious ga-ga drool here.

Passionate About Baking said...

These look fabulous...couldn't get any better. *SIGH* I love Richard Gere too! Do you suppose honey would be a substitute for corn syrup? Hmmmmmmm

Tami said...

These look SO good! Yummy!

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...

I love marshmallows!

When I saw these at foodgawker I couldn't resist stopping by...

They look great!

Helen said...

wow they look so good! I love putting marshmallows in my hot chocolate then putting them in the microwave to melt and go all gooey - perfect

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I've never attempted marshmallows, but I think it would be such fun to make for my grandchildren. I'll keep Richard Gere to myself, thank you very much!

Zoe Francois said...

I love homemade marshmallows. As much for the fun of making them as the fun of eating them. But chocolate marshmallows made be the perfect food! fabulous.

Sweet Bird said...

These look great! I still haven't tried my hand at marshmallows, but these make it very tempting.

Leslie said...

Your marshmallows look delightful!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I love homemade marshmallows! Love the fun flavor!

Emiline said...

Yay! Those look awesome!

Andrew Abraham said...

Fantastic idea for marshmellows.. I love looking through desert recipes... I am sure the kids will love...and looks easy to make...thanks


Andy
www.recipebuddys.com

SpringRecipes said...
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SpringRecipes said...

Hi !
I love the photos that come with your recipes (not only this one, all of them).
This will hopefully give inspiration to me for my blog, as I love cooking as well as photography but I combine them quite rarely..

I will come back here regularly, without any doubt !

Michael
http://spring-recipes.blogspot.com

Kelly-Jane said...

Oh my goodness I've never tasted a chocolate marshmallow, but gosh do they look fantastic!

Nazarina A said...

Beautiful pictures and I am ultimate sucker for your marshmallows. They look inviting!!!
I tried to make marshmallows before but when I started to whip up everything in the kitchen aid, the volume just did not happen!!! Can I put it down to the fact that I live above 6,000 ft above sea level or is that just a sordid excuse? ha! ha! I know it is the latter!

lululu said...

I'm not a big fan of marshmallow. But I'm so tempted to put one into my hot coco!!!!!

Bakerella said...

Oh my… those little marshmallows look so good.

Julie said...

I have to get around to making marshmallows! These look so good, as does the hot chocolate.

Alexa said...

I have never made homemade marshmallows. You make sound so easy. They look gorgeous.

Arfi Binsted said...

Pat, those look so tempting. Especially in the Winter nights. Enjoy!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Food Librarian, thank you!

Snooky Doodle, you are right - they are really good on their own. :)

Recipe Girl, yay! Isn't he insanely charming? ;)
And my friend was saying the same thing about the house - it doesn't look very solid. :)

Susan, a hammock would be nice, don't you think? :)

Pete, I did! :)
And you are far too kind, my friend. Thank you.

Mark, I am! What can I do? :D
It's spring here - always the opposite from USA and Europe. But in Sao Paulo you never know... We can have a 33ºC day followed by a 16ºC one... :S

Mary, isn't it? I agree with you - marshmallows and Richard Gere would be a dream. ;)

Mandy, it is good - I'm more of a drama girl, but I do like romance when the movie has talented actors, and this is the case.

LyB, I love that cup, too. :)

Pam, tks, darling! Icing sugar is confectioners' sugar.

Cathy, thank you, sweetie! :D

Deeba, I don't think it would work well to avoid sugar crystallization as the corn syrup does... :(

Tami, thank you for stopping by!

Leonor, I'm glad you stopped by, tks!

Helen, I'll be using the microwave method next time, you bet! :)

Lydia, I think you grandchildren would love these. And don't be greedy as for Richard Gere, my friend! :D

Zoe, thank you, darling! I can't wait to try other flavors.

Sweet Bird, tks for dropping me a line! They are not hard to make, believe me!

Leslie, thank you for visiting!

Melody, homemade is always best, isn't it?

Emiline, tks, hun!

Andrew, thank you for visiting!

Michael, I'm glad you find this inspiring, thank you for stopping by!

Kelly-Jane, they were really good, my friend.

Nazarina A., really? That's a shame! Don't let that keep you from trying again. As for the altitude, I do think it gets in the way, it's not an excuse!
Thank you for stopping by!

Lu, I wasn't a fan until I tried the homemade ones... :)

Bakerella, thank you, darling!

Julie, they are not hard to make, dear!

Alexa, you just need a thermometer. Then it's easy. :)

Arfi, thank you, darling!

Deborah said...

I've never made homemade marshmallows before, but I love marshmallows so I should try these!

Aran said...

i love homemade marshmallow. beautiful!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love homemade marshmallows but have never tried the chocolate variety. These look just perfect for topping off a mug of hot cocoa!

Vera said...

These look yummy, Patricia! What a great idea to add cocoa to the coating mixture. It should cut down the sweetness so well.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I'm not a marshmallow lover, but I'd love some of these heavenly treats. Yours pics keep getting better and better, Patricia!

Marysol said...

Richard Gere is okay, but he's no cbocolate marshmallow [g]

Sarah said...

I have to try these! I have yet to try homemade marshmallows, but I think the coming cold and the fact that these are chocolate make it time!

Missy said...

didnt noe u can make ur own marshmellows!! nice one! and lovely pic

Abby said...

yay for nicholas sparks! yay for north carolina! (i'm not biased at all. ha.) read the book - haven't seen the movie - yet.

i've had homemade marshmallows on my to-do list forEVER. yours look wonderful!

Lynnylu said...

I'm not yet tackled marshmallows, but I'm inspired by your lovely, delicate ones.

Joy said...

Damn girl, that looks so much better than the chocolate marshmallows we got from Williams-Sonoma! Great job!

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