Every Saturday I venture up town and browse the stalls of the local market. One of my absolute faves is a quaint marshmallow stand by The Wells Marshmallow Company. With a vintage inspired look, the stall is dressed with pink and purple flowers in glass jars and they offer a variety of marshmallows in different flavours and colours to match. When I first came across their stall last year, I was drawn to their Oreo marshmallows (obviously) and since then I’ve tried a new flavour each week including Terrys chocolate orange, banoffee, honeycombe and my new favourite, rocky road.
I never used to be a massive fan of marshmallows, but these light and incredibly fluffy treats have changed my opinion and now it’s part of my Saturday morning routine. After seeing their wonderful display of flavours last Saturday, I was inspired to create my own and create some Easter themed marshmallows using a much-loved Easter chocolate…so say hello to my mini egg marshmallows.
Now I was going to make my own marshmallows, but when I saw this artisan marshmallow kit in Lakeland, I thought I would give it a go. The kit contains just three ingredients – gelatine, marshmallow mix and coating powder. The instructions were incredibly easy to follow and it was fairly quick to put together too. The only criticism would be that the mixture was not easy to spread and smooth in a tray lined with cling film, although I wonder if my mixture was already beginning to set at this point. Overall, I was impressed with how my marshmallows turned out, not only did they look better than I expected but they tasted great too. A light, fluffy texture, similar to the ones I love to buy each Saturday and the mini egg topping was egg-tastic (sorry for the obligatory egg pun) and it added a nice crunchy texture.
If you would like to give these a try at home, then the recipe is below. As for me I’m off to buy some marshmallows because I just can’t resist…Happy Baking!
Mini Egg Marshmallows – makes 12
Artisan marshmallow kit from Lakeland
100ml warm water
Yellow food colouring
Broken mini eggs for decorating
Line a square tray with cling film
Add 100ml of warm water to a saucepan and sprinkle in the gelatine sachet – leave for 5 minutes
Add the marshmallow mix sachet and gently heat until all the sugar has dissolved – ensure the mixture does not boil
Transfer the hot mixture to a heat proof bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 8-10 minutes until the mixture becomes thick and glossy white peaks have formed
Add as much yellow food colouring as you need to get the desired colour and gently fold the colour into the mixture
Spoon the mixture into the tray and smooth as evenly as you can
Sprinkle the broken mini eggs over the top
Allow to set at room temperature for around 2 hours
Dust a worktop with around half of the coating mix and slowly tip the cooled marshmallow mixture on top
Peel away the cling film and cut into squares
Use the rest of the coating mix to dust over the marshmallows before turning over and outing on a plate ready to serve