In trying to figure out what to bring to a dinner party Saturday night I thought about my favorite dessert, Belgian hot chocolate with a big homemade marshmallow. With that, I decided to make marshmallows. Not really knowing what was in store I decided to search for recipes and started on my favorite cooking blog, Smitten Kitchen. Luckily, her recipe for marshmallows seemed within my baking skills. The reason I love her blog is because of the photos. She takes them of the process. I can compare textures to make sure I’m on the right track to making the right finishing product.
Well, by the time I left the grocery store, and got home to make these Friday it was just past 10 PM. Everything started out smooth except, I didn’t have a candy thermometer. I also didn’t take note that I needed a pot that was three times the depth. When the candy started to boil, it boiled over and started to burn. At this point it’s nearing 11 PM and I started to freak that the smoke detector would sound but somehow I got it to stop and continued to move forward with the recipe and decided to clean later. 20 minutes with a hand mixer and I had something white and fluffy that was ready to set in the refrigerator. The recipe was simple, but the clean up after… not so much.
The next morning, I ran to fridge like a kid on Christmas morning and there they were. Marshmallows in all their glory. The only thing that would make the morning better would be if they came to life, Ghost Busters style. I cut them into squares and stored them in an air tight container as instructed.
At the party dinner was winding down and I decided to make the hot chocolate. I was going to get chocolate bars and chop them up but I found this great tin of Mariebelle Aztec hot chocolate. I didn’t really follow the recipe cause I wanted a bit more chocolaty than normal. I heated up a full pan of milk, added in chocolate and let the chocolate melt. I ladled into cups, topped it with a marshmallow. Some friends added whiskey, others just enjoyed the warm chocolate but it made for a wonderful close to an evening. But be warned, if you make this be prepared to talk about it. The common question, “What’s actually in a marshmallow? Wait, so you actually made them?” Big Smile. “Yes. Yes I did.”