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Sunday, May 22, 2005

IMBB#15: Marshmallows rolled in toasted coconut

This fifteenth edition of Is My Blog Burning is being hosted by Elise from Simply Recipes, who set the theme as gelatin, pectin or agar.

As Elise mentions, gelatin immediately brings to mind the glorious 1970s --yes, we're always a bit behind Down Under--when a fish memorial made of aspic brought gasps of delight from assembled dinner party guests.

Dodgy cheap cheesecakes aside, gelatin still figures highly in the recipe archives of today. Bavarois... panna cotta... it was less than three years ago when an internet gelatin recipe contest brought in 42 entries from around the world.

In our quest to find the most gasp-inducing gelatin recipe, let's not forget the basics. Let's not deny the glorious combination that mere water, gelatin and sugar can create. Light, fluffy and (dare we mention) fat-free, marshmallows are what every kid is convinced that clouds are made of. Jammed onto branches and roasted over campfires; plonked into steaming mugs of toe-warming hot chocolate; or drenched with chocolate and pronounced as Rocky Road; marshmallows are portable, versatile and finger-lickin' good.

Marshmallows rolled in toasted coconut
4Tbs gelatine
1 cup cold water
4 cups sugar
2 cups boiling water
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp lemon juice
250g toasted coconut

Sprinke gelatine over cold water and set aside.
Pour sugar and boiling water into a large saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Bring water back to boil and add gelatin water mixture.
Boil steadily (uncovered) for about 20 minutes.
Allow mixture to cool to lukewarm.
Pour mixture into a large bowl.
Add vanilla and lemon juice.
Whisk with a electric mixer on high speed until very thick and white.
Pour into two 20cm (8") square cake tins which have been rinsed with cold water.
Allow mixture to set.
Cut into small squares with a wet knife and roll in toasted coconut.

Add red colouring to make pink marshmallows.
You can also try flavourings of coconut, coffee, strawberry, hazelnut etc as desired.

Check out the full wrap-up of entries by Elise, from Simply Recipes.

10 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 5/22/2005 04:30:00 pm


  • At 5/22/2005 7:59 pm, Blogger Reid said…

    Hi AG,

    OK...let me just start by saying that I never knew that marshmallows were made with gelatin. That said, these look good! Were they sweet though?

  • At 5/22/2005 8:07 pm, Blogger Clare Eats said…

    oooh these look great! I love homemade marshmallows

  • At 5/22/2005 10:24 pm, Blogger Santos said…

    hi ag! i'm not much of a marshmallow fan, homemade or otherwise; my own indulgence was kosher marshmallows, which are rolled in toasted coconut, but now extremely difficult to find. i'm bound to love these--they look so good!

  • At 5/23/2005 8:53 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Yum! They look delicious. Better than the Darrell Lea ones.

  • At 5/23/2005 9:04 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm also not a huge marshmallow fan, but these might change my mind- they look so good!


  • At 5/23/2005 2:25 pm, Blogger pinkcocoa said…

    I love toasted marshmallows and marshmallows in my hot choc!! Ohh I once toasted marshmallows with a skewer in front of my heater. That was years ago and it's yummy. I just pretended I was at a camp fire :p Never know it's that easy to make marshmallow too! Oh is rocky road an aussie yummies?

  • At 5/24/2005 10:52 am, Blogger babe_kl said…

    Never knew marshmallow is so simple to make!

  • At 5/24/2005 1:55 pm, Blogger Elise said…

    Me neither! I thought marshmallows came from the same land that gummy bears and cool whip come from - not anything that one could actually make. It looks so easy!

  • At 5/24/2005 7:58 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Reid - Ah you obviously don't read the backs of your confectionary packets! =)

    I always end up over-dosing on marshmallows. They always taste so more-ish that you end up eating too many! =)

    Hi Clare Eats - It's amazing what a bit of toasted coconut fan do! Anything homemade always rocks!

    Hi Santos - Kosher marshmallows... interesting! I have my marshmallow moods - plus you can always toast them until they're all charred on the outside and then gooey in the middle...

    Hi Veruca Salt - Hey don't knock Darrell Lea. Their Rocklea Road is da bomb!

    Hi Moira - Hey everyone should have a go at making marshmallows!

    Hi pinkcocoa - I presume you prefer the pink marshmallows =P We usually toast ours over the gas flame (and try not to drip onto the gas burner!).

    I doubt that rocky road was an Aussie invention, but Darrell Lea rocky road is definitely the creme de la creme in my opinion!

    Hi babe kl - Hey everything is easy to make once you know how! Have a go!

    Hi Elise - I don't even know what cool whip is! LOL But I agree that gummy bears would probably be tricky to make from scratch. =)

  • At 11/08/2005 10:53 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey all!
    Kosher marshmallows are available at www.goldenfluff.com and click on marshmallows. They even have coconut marshmallows!


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