Lennox Hastie Rhubarb Vanilla Marshmallows
One of the best things about cooking over the fire is gathering with friends and family to share in the experience, telling stories and passing on knowledge. With that in mind, here is a recipe for marshmallows that was kindly shared with me by Rob Kabboord, Chef de Cuisine at Quay in Sydney. I love how the tangy flavour of rhubarb cuts through the sweetness of the meringue. And what better dessert to share around the campfire than toasted marshmallows.
- Prep Time30 min
- Cook Time10 min
- Total Time40 min
- Yield24 Marshmallows
- ½ vanilla pod
- 200 g (7 oz) rhubarb stalks, roughly chopped
- 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
- 7 sheets gold gelatine
- 125 ml (4 fl oz/½ cup) filtered water
- 4 large egg whites
- pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons icing (confectioners’) sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
- For the sherbet mixture
- 100 g (3½ oz) icing (confectioners’) sugar
- 1 teaspoon citric acid
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
NOTE - The marshmallow mixture needs time to firm, so begin this recipe at least 8 hours ahead of time.
Split the vanilla pod, scrape the seeds and place the pod and the seeds in a small saucepan with the rhubarb and 100 g (31/2 oz) of the caster sugar. Cover with a lid and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally until the rhubarb is really soft. Blend to a smooth purée and pass through a fine mesh sieve.
Soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold filtered water for 5 minutes until soft.
Pour half of the rhubarb purée into a clean saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat, drain the softened gelatine leaves and add to the pan. Stir until dissolved, then stir in the remaining rhubarb purée.
Place the filtered water and the remaining caster sugar in a saucepan and heat to 120°C (250°F).
Remove the pan from the heat, wait 1 minute and then add the rhubarb purée.
Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until firm peaks form.
Mix together the icing sugar and the cornflour. Use this mixture to dust a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Spread the marshmallow mixture to a thickness of 3 cm (1¼ in) onto the baking tray and then sprinkle the icing sugar and cornflour mixture over the top (reserving a little). Place in the refrigerator to firm for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Add the rhubarb syrup mixture to the egg whites a little at a time, whisking continuously until all of the fruit is incorporated and the mixture is thick enough to hold its shape.