Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I remember seeing Ricardo make these strawberry marshmallows on his show Ricardo and Friends and I was amazed! I knew you could make homemade marshmallows but with natural strawberry flavour? Now that is something I just had to try and share! So I made some and included it in my care package to my dad who has confirmed that he has received it and been enjoying it, phew!
You begin by making a strawberry puree. In a food processor blitz one cup of strawberries and strain the pulp out. You should get around 3/4 cup of puree.
Put the puree in a saucepan and add two envelops of gelatin and let sit. While that softens line an 8" square pan with plastic wrap and oil lightly. In a separate bowl combine cornstarch and icing sugar. After about 5 minutes add granulated sugar and bring to a boil on the stove, remove from heat immediately and let cool for a few minutes.
Get a large bowl and place it over another bowl with some ice water in it. Scrape the strawberry mixture into the large bowl and add corn syrup. Beat with an electric mixer until it has cooled and formed stiff peaks, this should take around 5 minutes. It will become opaque and light in colour. Spread evenly into the pan and refrigerate for a few hours. Oh and this stuff is going to be sticky and very hard to spread by the way!
Once cooled you unmould the marshmallow on to a clean surface lightly dusted with cornstarch and icing sugar mixture. With a moistened blade, cut into squares. They are supposed to be 1 1/2" but mine were more like 2" because I am bad with measurements. Roll the marshmallows in the bowl with the icing sugar and cornstarch and shake off excess.
I was hoping for a ton of strawberry flavour but it is very subtle. The texture reminded me of gummy worms. My marshmallows did not seem to rise like Ricardo's did and I would never call this a "super-easy" recipe to make. Yes, there are not many ingredients to work with but the process was a bit time consuming and the marshmallows were sticky and challenging to work with. That said, I think these are a very cool treat and an original idea so I give the recipe four out of five wooden spoons.
It is true that homemade marshmallows taste nothing like the dried up ones you get from stores. How fascinating to taste the real deal! Not sure these would work in hot chocolate but as a treat they are something special.