Delicious homemade marshmallow recipes which includes fresh fruit flavoured recipes for children:
These can be made from scratch using basic ingredients that are readily available in most UK shops. The choice of flavours is almost limitless and many of these can be easily adapted to suit most tastes. Each has been kindly supplied by leading chefs and authors and can be found in the links further below.
The Drummer Boy is my latest novel about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.
Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.
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Marshmallow Madness!: Dozens of Puffalicious Recipes by Shauna Sever has been described by the author as a fluffy, soft, whipped pillow of sugar which perfectly describes her marshmallow recipe book. The lovely padded cover is a joy to hold and feels like holding a large puffy treat which gives the reader an immediate feel for the joy to be had. This sensual pleasure continues with the enticing photographs and continues throughout with her descriptions such as: "the ultimate guilty pleasure: handfuls of mallows bobbing in decadent drinkable desserts" when describing what she calls her fluffy, puffy desserts.
Her credentials for writing are bountiful: she has appeared on television where she has reported on food matters and has effortlessly hosted TV programmes where her relaxed manner has earned her the lovely nickname of "The Next Door Baker". She has utilised her journalist background to run her blog shaunasever.com and has written another book called Pure Vanilla.
It begins with a brief history of where we learn that they date back to the ancient Egyptians. Then it continues with a comprehensive guide to the key marshmallow ingredients. In this section the reader learns that corn syrup stops the sugar from crystallising and helps give it a good a fluffy bounce and tender chew whilst gelatine gives them their irresistible texture and puff. Shauna then continues the foundations with a guide to the tools and equipment needed in the kitchen such as a candy thermometer, small heatproof whisks and an 8 by 8 inch pan for which each of her treats have been created to fit.
Read the Chocolate Chip Marshmallows recipe.
Now the fun begins! Hereafter it is packed with delicious goodies broken down into sections from classic, fruit, alcohol and recipes for children. So in the classic section the reader discovers how to easily make vanilla and other homemade marshmallows. They can be adapted with other ingredients to provide many different flavoures.
An example of this can be found in the deeply chocolate recipe where she suggests adding brewed coffee instead of water to make mocha ones. This ingredient swapping continues in the fruit section where fruit juices, puree and oils make mouth-watering treats such as the strawberry recipe.
Other fruit flavoured ones include key lime pie and pumpkin spice which reveals to the reader that these originate from America. So the UK reader benefits from a wide range of tasty US treats that may not appear in one from the UK. Being a United States cookbook the weights and measurements are in cups rather than grams but once used a few times you may well wonder why this easy measuring system is not more widely used.
In the fruit section we read some wonderful tips to make your time in the kitchen easier. We loved Shauna's time saving hint to use baby food that has already been picked when the fruit is at its best and has been already prepared ready to use. An example of this cooking hint in use can be found in her honeyed apricot and banana. Another time saving tip is to remove the skin from stone fruit such as peaches and plums by making a small x cut on the bottom before dropping them in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds.
Biscuits that would make an ideal accompaniment are included such as her easy recipe for Graham crackers.
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It also teaches the reader how to make various shapes such as lollipops, twists and even layers of flavours on the same piece.
Recipes for marshmallow containing alcohol are also included which includes non-alcoholic alternative ingredients. These cocktails include Malibu with an alternative coconut marshmallows recipe, margarita and buttered rum.
The gourmet section is ideal for dinner parties as an alternative and fun treat. These include maple bacon, pineapple and rosemary and salted peanut. This party theme continues with gift ideas and presentations such as how to make a candy box.
Fun flavours for children include ginger beer float and bubble gum. Other ones for children which are ideal for kid's parties include birthday cake and mallow cones.
The decorating section will appeal to adults and children where readers learn how to decorate them and create themes such as snowmen and even mini mallow wedding cake favours.
In the desserts section there is an impressive looking ambrosia cake along with lemon dream whoppie pies, roulade and minty mallow cookie sandwiches.
Shauna Sever concludes with winter warming drinks such as malted white or sassy spiced hot chocolate and five spice vanilla milk. They are so much more indulgent with toppings and Shauna supplies recommended mallow toppings such as peppermint or sea salt caramel swirl.
It would make a wonderful gift for the home cook or sweet lover. There are few books available that cover this subject and we doubt that any could surpass this one for containing such a large collection that are ever so easy to follow with beautiful photos and handy tips and hints. It is a must for the sweet toothed chef in your life.
It was first published in 2012 by Quirk Books, Philadelphia with photography by Leigh Beisch.
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