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Hot Chocolate and Home-made Marshmallows

Has anyone seen that hit US TV-series MasterChef, a competitive cooking reality show, co-hosted by Chef Gordon Ramsay? Winner of the Season One series in 2010 – Whitney Miller – who was hailed the pastry princess on the show has indeed some pretty good recipes from her blog to follow.

If you’re craving a good hot chocolate with your own home-made marshmallows on a rainy day, this is a good recipe to follow:

For Hot Chocolate –

Ingredients

3 oz. quality semi-sweet chocolate
¼ cup turbinado sugar
Pinch of salt
¼ cup of boiling water
1 1/4 cup skim milk
1 cup whole milk
¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract

Method

1. Combine the chocolate, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Stir in the water until chocolate and sugar melts. Bring this mixture to a slight boil, stirring occasionally. Stir in both milks and heat until hot. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Serve with marshmallows.

For Marshmallow –

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. cornstarch
½ cup cold water
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
¼ tsp. powered stevia extract
¾ cup light agave
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Method

1. Spray with a non-stick cooking spray, the bottom of a 12x9x2-inch pan.
2. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Sprinkle cornstarch onto the bottom of the pan
3. In a medium saucepan, combine cold water and gelatin, mix until dissolved. Add stevia, agave, and salt. Mix well, then heat to almost a boil.
4. Pour the warm syrup into the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high speed until mixture has doubled in volume and forms stiff peaks, about 15 minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat to combine, a few seconds.
5. Scrape marshmallow cream into the prepared pan and spread with a damp rubber spatula. Let stand uncovered for 3 or more hours.
6. To make cubes, dip knife in hot water and cut marshmallow into 1-inch cubes