Monday, February 21, 2011

Hazelnut Syrup-Star Anise Marshmallow

Just as different salts create distinct flavors, I was curious about using different kinds of syrup in my marshmallow-mania. While these were cooking, the hazelnut scent was unmistakable. But, in the end, I think that the star anise overpowered the hazelnut. So, for the next batch, I'll skip the infused water and see if I can't bring out the hazelnut flavor!

canola oil
powdered sugar
unsweetened cocoa
1 C star anise-infused cold water, divided
3, 1/4-ounce envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 C organic raw sugar
1/3 C organic maple syrup
1/3 C hazelnut syrup
1/4 t pink Himalaya salt
1 t ground ginger

Prepare a 9×13 inch pan by oiling it with canola oil. Dust powdered sugar and unsweetened cocoa over the oiled sides of the pan.

Place 1/2 C of water in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over water and allow to soften, 5 minutes.

Place remaining water, sugar, syrups, and salt into a large saucepan. Melt all of the ingredients together, without stirring, and bring to a boil. Boil until the syrup reaches 240 F on a candy thermometer.

With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour hot syrup down the side of the bowl, being sure to avoid the whisk as it will splatter the syrup and could possibly burn you. Once all of the syrup is incorporated gradually increase mixer speed and whip on high until the mixuture turns white and become very thick and stiff. Spread the marshmallow into the prepared pan and with wet hands, smooth the top.

Dust liberally with powdered sugar and allow to set at room temperature for at least 4 hours or overnight, if possible.

Once they are set, cut them, roll them in more powdered sugar and unsweetened cocoa. Then dip one side in melted semi-sweet chocolate.

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