Marshmallows are one of those things I always fancied having a go at making. So when I stumbled across this recipe on the Good Housekeeping website I decided there was no time like the present.
The recipe is pretty straight forward and if you have a sugar thermometer and some patience then they results are delightful! Now I've made some I'm not sure I'll ever want shop bought marshmallows again. They were great fun to make and watching a dark sugar syrup transform into white foaming marshmallow was a treat in itself. But treat they definitely are! I've always felt quite comforted knowing that marshmallows are fat free but after making some I now realise quite how calorific they must be.
I followed the recipe closely, as it was such a specific method but decided to toss about of the third of the cut marshmallows in cocoa powder rather than icing sugar. These one's were my favourite. The contrast of the bitter cocoa against the sweet marshmallows was just yummy.
But of course it would be wrong to make marshmallows and not have them with hot chocolate. I'd like to shake the hand of the person who came up with that combo! So below you'll find my recipe for homemade hot chocolate. Please understand that this isn't the drink you want to have every night before bed as it is super indulgent. But for a night in with some girl friends it is the perfect treat.
What you need per serving:
2tbsp Double Cream
25g your favourite chocolate (I had some 74% cocoa chocolate left over from a dairy free dessert. The drink was on the bitter side but worked really well with the marshmallows. I would normally opt for something around the 50% mark)
What to do:
1. Mix the milk and the cream in a heat proof glass or mug.
2. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 4 minutes on medium, stirring halfway through.
3. Break the chocolate into small pieces and add it to the hot milk.
4. Stir until the chocolate is melted and well mixed in.