Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Marshmallow Ice Cream Cones

Hellllooooo everyone! I'm pleased to announce that I am back on the baking bandwagon...! Well, at least for the moment! When I started the baking blogging journey almost 2 years ago, I said to myself I wouldn't become a fair weathered baker.  Unfortunately, when I can count the number of times I've baked in the past 6 months on one hand, I've resigned myself to the fact that I am! But that's okay, because I'm back again!
I've always wanted to try home made marshmallows - everyone keeps raving at how much better they are than store bought marshmallows.  And I loooove sprinkles! Anything with sprinkles always grabs my attention.  Although, not just any kind of sprinkles, you can call me a sprinkles snob in that regard.  None of the bright little crunchy round ones (although faced with the alternative of no sprinkles, they will do).  If I had it my way, I would dot my fairy bread with these "dollar 5" brand kind!  And that's what I did with these marshmallows!

Marshmallows are incredibly easy to make.  Messy, but easy! If you can whisk egg whites and if you have a sugar thermometer at hand, there's no reason why you can't make marshmallows. They're like little puffs of white gooey chewy clouds! 

I wanted to replicate the marshmallow ice cream cones I used to have as a little kid, which was the inspiration behind this creation. So when it came to piping these lil ice cream swirls, what a complete mess! Most of the recipes out there contemplate pouring the marshmallow mixture into a tin and leaving to set.  However, when it comes to piping these lil babies, I discovered there's a small window of opportunity in which to do this!  If you do it immediately, the marshmallow mixture is runny like custard so there's no chance of it holding its shape.  Leave it too late and the marshmallow becomes close to "solidifying".  

The recipe I used (courtesy of Raspberri Cupcakes blog) makes for a generous amount.  So I ended up pouring the majority into a tin and cutting it into cubes.  In hindsight, I could have been a bit more creative rather than simply cubing these marshmallows - if you have a cookie cutter, you can cut all sorts of interesting and fun shapes with these! And you don't have to dust them with sprinkles - you could dust them with anything, like crushed chocolate or whatever you fancy - anything will stick to these babies.  And you can flavour and colour these any way you like - the options are endless!

As little girl gets older, I can imagine there will be more marshmallow baking adventures to come - I mean, they're incredibly messy and don't all kids love mess?!

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