Friday, February 26, 2010

Nutella Hot Cocoa and Homemade Marshmallows


We are expected to get a foot and a half of snow today. That's been the most snow yet this winter, here in Rochester, NY. I have to admit, it has been nice not having as many snow days, but today I welcomed the snow with open arms (from my living room window that is).  I don't know, I guess I was in the mood to snuggle up inside with a good movie and a nice cup of hot chocolate.



There were so many Facebook statuses saying what a great day it was for hot cocoa, needless to say, I was inspired. Let's celebrate the snow with a warm cup of hot cocoa and chewy gooey marshmallows.

So here is a spin on the typical hot cocoa- nutella and hot milk! Nutella, for those of you who have never tried it, is a creamy chocolaty, hazelnut spread. It is the most amazing thing ever! If you have had a Ferrero Rocher chocolate (yes, the ones that are famously wrapped in gold foil paper) then you have had Nutella! Nutella is the creamy filling that is inside the Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Alongside this decadent hot cocoa, I made some homemade marshmallows.

Surprisingly it was quite easy. I have never made marshmallows before and I looked up a few recipes, and this one seemed the easiest. It was quick and came out perfect! Whether is a cold snow day or just a nice Sunday afternoon, I hope you try this hot cocoa recipe, trust me, you won't be disappointed.



Instructions

Marshmallows:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatine
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting
Nutella Cocoa:

  • 3 Tbsp Nutella
  • 1 cup milk

Directions:

Marshmallows

1. Generously dust an 8in or 9in square pan with powdered sugar, set aside. In another bowl, combine gelatin and 1/2 cup cold water. Let it sit for 20 min. (you can proceed with the rest of the recipe in the meantime)

2. Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup of water in a small heavy saucepan; place over low heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. The sugar water will go from cloudy to clear, when it is clear you will know. If you have a thermometer remove syrup when it reaches 244° (firm ball stage).

3. Immediately remove pan from heat. You can use a hand held beater or a kitchen aid mixer for this part. Put gelatine that you set aside into a large bowl, add the sugar mixture from the stove and mix with a spoon till the gelatine has dissolved (the gelatine by this point will be firm and jello like). Once you mixed it in with the spoon, begin mixing on medium speed with your hand mixer or kitchen aid.

4. Add vanilla, increase speed to high; beat until mixture is very thick and white and has almost tripled in volume, about 15 minutes.

5. Pour marshmallow mixture into pan. Dust with confectioners' sugar; let stand for a few hours or over night to dry out.

6. Turn pan upside down and remove marshmallow. If it doesn't come out easily take a fork and help to lift it out. Cut lengthwise into quarters then cut across to form little squares. OR you can cut to the size you desire. Take all little marshmallows and put into a deep bowl and toss with confectioners sugar. You're done with this part, now move on to the hot cocoa :)




Nutella Hot Cocoa:

1. Measure out a cup of milk and pour into saucepan, add 3 Tbsp of nutella and stir to incorporate. Bring to a simmer until nutella has dissolved. Serve alongside marshmallows, you're done!





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