Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Easter treats - marshmallow rabbits
Whether you are young or just young at heart, you have to admit that marshmallow rabbits are a cute and delicious way to celebrate Easter. I made the family of rabbits (plus one flower) above for my work colleagues and friends.
Unfortunately, being a perfectionist, I was not 100% happy with the marshmallow. I ever so slightly underbeat it, so that the bottoms which were open to the air while the marshmallow set developed a crust, and the gelatine settled out a little at the tops, leaving a "jelly" top. (This actually worked well for the flower, as it highlighted the petals.)
To make marshmallow is a breeze in theory. You need:
1 1/2 tablespoons gelatine
5 tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup hot water
Put the gelatine in a bowl and combine with the cold water. Leave to sit. Bring the sugar and hot water to the boil, then pour over the soaked gelatine. Beat the mixture until thick and white and cool, add colourings and flavourings (if desired) and pour into well-buttered moulds. Allow to set for at least 24 hours before turning out, painting details with food colours and rolling in coconut.
I then covered squares of cardboard with alfoil as platforms for the rabbits, and wrapped them up in clear cellophane tied with a ribbon for an attractive Easter gift: