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Marshmallows

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Marshmallows Recipe

Marshmallows were made from the root sap of the marshmallow plant. Egyptians combined the marshmallow root with honey; the candy was reserved for gods and royalty. The French version of the recipe, called "guimauve" includes an egg white meringue which offers better results; texture-wise and handling. Keep marshmallow refrigerated in a airtigth container or freezer bag for up to 3 weeks.

Yield: 64 rectangle marshmallows or 128 bite-size cubes / 1.6lb. (720g).

Italian Meringue
4 ea. (120g) egg whites, room temp
1/2 tsp (1g) cream of tartar or lemon juice
1 Tbsp (10g) granulated sugar

Syrup
0.4 cup (100ml) water
1.1 lb. (500g) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (80g) light corn syrup or glucose

1.3 ounces (40g) gelatin* sheets or gelatin powder.
1 Tbsp (15ml) orange blossom water or rose or orange extract…
1 Tbsp (15ml) vanilla paste or 3 vanilla beans.
* Agar agar is not a suitable replacement for this recipe.

Starch-Sugar Mixture
1 cup (150g) corn starch or potato starch
1 cup (150g) powdered sugar.
Mix and pass through a sieve.

Method
Soak gelatin sheets in cold water. In a mixer bowl, combine room temperature egg whites, cream of tartar and a tablespoon of granulated sugar. Beat on medium low speed and keep mixture in its early foamy stage. Meanwhile, combine water, sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on medium high heat; this will self clean the sides of the saucepan. Then, remove the lid and continue to cook until syrup reaches 265ºF (130ºC). Drizzle hot syrup into the foamy egg whites increasing the speed to full blast as you go. Immediately squeeze liquid out of the gelatin sheets or the bloomed powder and melt over medium heat. Gelatin must not boil. Mix in flavorings and pour into the Italian meringue. Heat up the mixer bowl using a torch for about a minute; it dries out the marshmallow mixture improving thus, its final texture. Run the torch all over the surface of the mixer bowl – continue beating for about 5 minutes more on high speed. Line a 9inch (23cm) square pan with a parchment paper and grease lightly with oil. Stop mixer – the batter should remain warm. Transfer batter into the greased pan. Avoid scraping out sides of the bowl. Cover marshmallow batter with a oiled parchment in contact. Tap pan over the countertop to even the marshmallow block. Refrigerate overnight. To clean utencils and the mixer bowl effortless, soak them in soapy and warm water for a few hours.

Chocolate Coating
1lb. (450g) dark or milk chocolate
1 Tbsp (15ml) neutral oil
1 Tbsp (15ml) cocoa butter or coconut oil.

Method
Slowly melt chocolate along with the oils. Do not over heat. Use chocolate coating at 95ºF (35ºC).

Glazing Marshmallows
Before dipping marshmallows into the chocolate coating make sure that these have not previoulsy been coated with the corn starch-powdered sugar mixture. If so, brush out any excess starch otherwise the coating wont stick. Insert a bamboo skewer like a lollipop inside each marshmallow. If dealing in a warm environment freeze marshmallows for about 20 minutes prior coating; the chocolate will set immediately then. Right after dipping marshmallow into the chocolate, they can be finished with a layer of crushed graham craker, toasted nuts, caramelized popcorns and so forth… Enjoy!

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