I have been spending a lot of time in bed over the last week recouping from a random bout of spring flu but did manage to drag myself to the kitchen just long enough to make you guys a tiny treat. Enjoy!
Green Tea Marshmallows with Mint Sugar and Cacao Nibs
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 tbs powdered Gelatin
- 2/3 cup Water
- 1 tsp Vanilla Essence (or Vanilla Paste for bonus points)
- 1/4 tsp Matcha powder, dissolved in about 1 tsp water
- 1/8 cup Icing Sugar and 1/8 cup Cornflour combined for dusting
- 2 tbs Sugar rubbed into 5 Mint leaves
- 1 tbs Cacao Nibs
Combine sugar, gelatin and water in a saucepan over very low heat. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved then increase heat to medium. Stop stirring and let simmer for 10 mins. Take off the heat and let it sit for another 10 mins to settle. This is a good time to grease, line and dust a baking tray with icing sugar/cornflour.
Transfer the syrup to your electric mixer bowl, add vanilla, and beat for another 10 mins until white, thick and shiny. Lightly fold through the matcha paste then transfer to a piping bag. Pipe little drops of marshmallow on the tray then sprinkle over sugar or cacao nibs. Depending on the conditions of your kitchen, the marshmallow can take an hour or two to set and firm up. Carefully peel marshmallows from the grease paper then dust in icing sugar/cornflour mixture.
Yield: About 40 small marshmallow drops