Summer holidays are here! And it is a great time to start baking and making and camp fires (please choose a safe and suitable area). With this in mind, we thought we would give you a few ideas on what to do with marshmallows rather than just eat them.
And we decided to ask an expert, so we asked The Mallow Maid
My favourite way to eat marshmallows?
Nothing beats homemade marshmallows, so far away from the shop bought variety and you can make them any flavour you fancy!
With so many ways to enjoy these delicate pillowy treats I thought I’d share a couple of my favourites!
Toasted Marshmallows are heavenly and can add that quirky touch to dinner parties, weddings and they’re fun for all the family to toast round the camp fire this summer. I really love our Luscious Lemon Drizzle marshmallows lightly toasted as a topping over chocolate ice cream!
Dipped Marshmallows are sooooo delicious I can’t tell you. All you need is Marshmallows (shop bought or homemade) lolly pop or cake pop sticks, melted chocolate or better still make a chocolate ganache! and a mix of chopped nuts, sprinkles or freeze-dried fruit. Pop the marshmallow on the stick, dip into the melted chocolate or ganache then sprinkle with your favourite topping and pop in the fridge to set on a baking tray covered with grease proof paper.
If you are planning a picnic this summer, then why not make some moreish Rocky Road. It doesn’t take long to make, and no baking required.
160g of biscuits – digestives, ginger nuts, rich tea or whatever you fancy
120g of nuts, cherries, sultanas, Maltesers (I love brazil nuts and walnuts)
250g of good quality dark chocolate. (I love Callebaut chocolate and the milk chocolate drops work so well and taste so good)
125g of unsalted butter
3 tablespoons of golden syrup
100 g of marshmallows – mini pink and white ones work well from the supermarket if you don’t have homemade (if you are using homemade then pop them in the freezer for about 30 mins before using and allow the melted chocolate mixture to cool slightly before pouring over)
Using your hands break up the biscuits into small pieces and place in a large bowl, you can put the biscuits in a bag and use a rolling pin to break them up. You still want to have nice chunks of biscuit!
Roughly chop the nuts, cherries etc into smaller pieces.
Using a heavy based saucepan slowly – (low to med heat) – melt the butter, golden syrup and chocolate, stirring occasionally until everything has melted and the mixture looks silky smooth.
Allow to cool slightly then pour the mixture over the biscuit and chopped nuts mixture and mix well so that everything is covered in chocolate. Stir in the marshmallows. (I often save about a 3rd of the chocolate mixture to pour over the top once its in the tin and pressed down as it gives it a smoother finish)
Tip the mixture into a lined square baking tin and spread to the edges and pat down, sprinkle extra marshmallows over the top and gently press them down so they stick to the chocolate.
Pop in the fridge to set for about 2 hours then cut into squares and enjoy!
These are definitely something we are going to try making! Something to entertain the kids with this sunny summer holidays.
Here are a few more things we like to do with marshmallows:
Rice Krispy Bites
A favourite when I was younger and simple to make. Melt marshmallows over a low heat and then add rice crisps until they are the consistency you are looking for.
Hot Chocolate Around a Campfire
And if it gets a little cold around the campfire it can always be hot chocolate marshmallow time, to add a little difference choose marshmallow with a difference, like our coconut marshmallow.
We would love to hear more from you, about the marshmallow recipes you have made or if you have any questions.