Monday, July 27, 2009

The Daring Bakers #5 Mallows...

The July Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network. (Have to admit that I didn't make Milan Cookies... you will find the recipe here).

You have no idea how happy I was when I saw this month's challenge - I LOVE marshmallows! :) This wasn't difficult, although I was all covered in marshmallows, and so was my whole kitchen ;) The base for the cookie is delicious also on it's own - my Hubby ate a lot of them even before I had a chance to cover them with marshmallows an chocolate. As long as he was concerned - my challenge was finished ;)



How to make it...

Ingredients
Cookie base:- 375 g all purpose flour
- 112 g white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 170 g unsalted butter (I added 200 g...)
- 3 eggs, whisked together
In a mixer with the paddle attachment, blend the dry ingredients. On low speed, add the butter and mix until sandy. Add the eggs and mix until combine (I made everything by hand and it turned out perfect). Form the dough into a disk, wrap with clingfilm or parchment and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 3 days. When ready to bake, grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Preheat the oven to 190 C. Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness, on a lightly floured surface. Use a 1 to 1 1/2 inches cookie cutter to cut out small rounds of dough. Transfer to the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool to room temperature.



Homemade marshmallows:
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 2 egg whites , room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a saucepan, combine the water, corn syrup, and sugar, bring to a boil until “soft-ball” stage, or 235 degrees on a candy thermometer. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let dissolve. Remove the syrup from the heat, add the gelatin, and mix. Whip the whites until soft peaks form and pour the syrup into the whites. Add the vanilla and continue whipping until stiff. Transfer to a pastry bag.
Note: if you don’t want to make your own marshmallows, you can cut a large marshmallow in half and place on the cookie base. Heat in a preheated 160 C oven to slump the marshmallow slightly, it will expand and brown a little. Let cool, then proceed with the chocolate dipping.



Chocolate glaze:
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate
- 2 ounces cocoa butter or vegetable oil
Melt the 2 ingredients together in the top of a double boiler or a bowl set over barely simmering water.

Assembling the mallows:
Pipe a “kiss” of marshmallow onto each cookie. Let set at room temperature for 2 hours. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or silicon mat. One at a time, gently drop the marshmallow-topped cookies into the hot chocolate glaze. Lift out with a fork and let excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Place on the prepared pan and let set at room temperature until the coating is firm, about 1 to 2 hours.


Smacznego!

41 comments:

  1. Great job! I love the beautiful pink color!

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  2. wow, they look soo yummy. good job

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  3. Ha.. same here my whole house was covered with chocolate and marshmallow... yours look pretty with the pink touch :)

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  4. Bravo for this DB challenge, your mallows look great and they're so original too:)
    Have a nice week!

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  5. Great job on your challenge and the mallows look delicious. I really like the star sprinkled one.

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  6. Love the 100s and 1000s and the star is excellent. And the first pix is so cute love that pink colour. Wonderful work. Cheers from Audax in cold but bright Sydney.

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  7. Your mallows looks absolutely delicious! They came out very well.
    Nicely done!

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  8. Beautiful job, Anula. I love the little star covered in sprinkles, and the rest of your Mallows are perfection. Do I see a pinkish filling in them? Strawberry? Raspberry, perhaps? :)

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  9. Good for you for making your own marshmallow! Also dig the sprinkles; it makes your cookies even more loveable.

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  10. Yep! My little niece helper would really love the sprinkle ones :) Great job on your challenge! Your mallows look great and thanks for dropping by and for the sweet comments!

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  11. Love your cookies! Great job on the challenge!!!

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  12. Well done indeed! Pink & pretty...I ♥ your hubs' enthusiasm!!

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  13. Yum! All of your marshmallows look amazing =D. I love the different shapes and colours you used!!

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  14. Wonderful job! I love the pink!

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  15. Lovely!! My kitchen was COVERED in marshmallow, too! Sticky surprises everywhere.

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  16. These look so pretty especially the star with the sprinkles. Your husband was certainly happy.:)

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  17. What lovely colors, your mallows are so cheerful. Nicely done!

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  18. The pink looks so cool and appetizing for summer. Lovely!

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  19. Your cookies are adorable!
    Beautiful Job :-)

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  20. Mmm, I love all your variations ! Very cute!

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  21. The sprinkles made me smile, great job!!

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  22. Yours look amazing! I do wish I had been able to make my own marshmallows too! It somehow looks so much better with homemade stuff then mine did... :)

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  23. Beautiful mallows! I love all the different decorations.

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  24. Your mallows look so good! I love the star shapes and the different decorations you did--well done! :)

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  25. Your mallows turned out beautifully - I love the pink color!

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  26. tes biscuits sont superbement réussis ! bravo pour ce défi :)

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  27. Terrific looking results! The pink marshmallows remind me of Easter and the star shaped cookies look fun!

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  28. The look great- the pink is really cute!

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  29. Your mallows are so cute! Well done!

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  30. Mallows look delicious! Love the colorful star shape. Great job!

    Regards
    Kris

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  31. The pastel star-shaped mallow would go over really well with my neices. You've inspired me to try this half of the challenge, so thanks!

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  32. Very well done! I love the colour of the marshmallows and the fact that they generously cover the cookies! And the sprinkles are extra fun!

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  33. Love the sprinkled stars and jam (?) filling! Fabulous job.

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  34. The sprinkled star is so cute!!
    and thanks for your comment! :)

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  35. Your mallows look really nice. I love the filling. The star-shaped one is definitely my favorite. Congrats!

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  36. Oh, these look so cute!!! Great job!

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  37. Oh, I love them! Especially the ones with the sprinkles. I have a thing for sprinkles!

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  38. Great pink color! They look so lovely.

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Pozdrawiam, Anula.