Parties! Dinners! Gatherings! Cocktails! – Are words and events that are everyday news these days of festivities, and I am sure most of you reading this, have one thing or another going on today or tomorrow!
In my case, I have loads planned and actually I am looking forward for what has to come! I will be going back home to Malta for 10 days, to spend some time primarily with my family and then with friends. At home, whenever we have some kind of celebration we tend to organize a small get together with the family, and food is a big part of this all. Everyone enjoys creating something; my mum and her sisters tend to share what has to be done between them, and each make their own specialities. One thing is always the same though, my aunt makes some amazing marshmallows, and they are always crowd pleasers! When she doesn’t make them, everyone complains as we are all looking forward to binge eat on these fluffy coconut marshmallows!!! In fact, she even had the patience with my cousins and myself, to prepare these marshmallows whenever we had to bring something for school parties, or whenever we had a party with friends. They are always a safe bet!
Therefore, this year, after always being privileged of having my aunt Rita making them, I decided to give the recipe a go. I asked her for the recipe, and she gave me the go ahead to share this recipe with you all. And, here we are now!
Another thing before I give out the recipe, remember to have patience, as even though it seems quite straight forward, it requires a lot of attention! It might not come out as good at first, however do not let this bring you down, but keep on trying because once you achieve it, it will be worth it!
Dish measurements: Length 28cm, width 23cm, height 5cm
- 4 tablespoons gelatine
- 1 cup water (room temperature)
- 2 cups water (lukewarm)
- 4 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- food colouring
- coconut shreds
- In a small bowl dissolve the gelatine with a cup full of room temperature water and mix it until it becomes solid. Let it rest, if the room is too warm place it in the fridge while you continue with the preparation of the recipe.
- On medium heat, place the cups of sugar and lukewarm water in a small pot. Stir well until all the sugar has dissolved completely.
- Once all the sugar has dissolved, put the gelatine in and let it melt. Important: keep stirring throughout.
- When the mixture starts to boil; switch it off and remove from the stove.
- Add the lemon juice and vanilla and let it rest until it cools.
- Put the mixture in a mixer. It has to be combined well, here we are aiming for a fluffy white texture; a trick to know is the following: if you place a spoon vertically inside the mixture and this remains vertically straight, it means that the mixture needs no more mixing, and is ready.
- In the meantime, wet the dish where you are going to put the mixture. Ideally fill the dish with water and then discard it; it’s important not to dry the dish afterwards as it has to be a bit wet.
- Place half of the mixture in the dish. With the remaining half, colour it by adding few drops of colouring until a soft pastel colour is achieved and add this half on top of the other mixture.
- Place the mixture in the fridge for about 24 hours.
- The next day, when the mixture has set. Prepare a small bowl filled with coconut shreds.
- Start cutting squares of about 2 cm and dip them in the coconut from all sides. Notice: the first few cut from the corners might not come as good in appearance, yet they are still perfect for you to taste the marshmallows.
These marshmallows if sealed correctly and kept cool can last up to 3-4 days.
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