Tuesdays with Dorie: Marshmallows

April 15, 2008 at 5:31 am | Posted in groups, other sweet, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 53 Comments

cappuccino marshmallows

The word of the day is althaiophobia: a fear of marshmallows.  And no, I didn’t make that up.

I’m kinda afraid of marshmallows.  Not really the marshmallows themselves, but the gelatin inside them.  When I saw that Judy of Judy’s Gross Eats had chosen marshmallows as this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, I was a little frightened.  I really wanted to participate, but I really didn’t want to use gelatin, and after the agar-agar disaster of ’07, I wasn’t too excited to try that again either.  Luckily, this time of year the Kosher section of the supermarket is pretty well-stocked, and I was able to pick up a box of fish gelatin.  I’d never used it before, and wasn’t sure how to (the package labeling is in Hebrew, so it didn’t help me out a lot).  It’s a little more granular than regular gelatin, but I decided to treat it the same way, since I didn’t have any better ideas. 

I went with Dorie’s ‘Playing Around’ instructions for cappuccino marshmallows, and based on some advice from other TWDers, just stirred in the cappuccino mixture at the very end to keep the marshmallows from deflating.  I set them in a glass baking dish rather than a baking sheet, which just seemed easier to me, and made them nice and tall.  I wasn’t sure if they would set up or not with that gelatin, so as soon as I tipped the mix into the dish, I immediately left the house and went to the movies (if you haven’t seen ‘Lars and the Real Girl,’ you should!).  If there’s one bad kitchen habit I have, it’s that I must endlessly poke and inspect things that I should just leave alone.

I was really pleased with how they turned out!  They were soft and squishy and high.  Now here’s the cake plate shot, à la Dorie.

cappuccino marshmallows

You can find this recipe on Judy’s Gross Eats— thanks Judy!  It’s also in  Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.  Now go check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Your making me crave marshmallows! Gorgeous shots of the marshmallows. 🙂

  2. GORGEOUS! I’m insanely jealous that yours are huge and fluffy looking.

  3. Mine didnt turn out anywhere near as good as yours!! Steph, your photos always look so fab and your food turns our perfectly! Can I come over for lessons!!!??

  4. These look absolutley fabulous! Mine are happily setting but are nothing like as tall as yours. Well Done!

  5. those look great. especially in the mug – is that hot chocolate?

  6. Oh these are just beautiful! Nice fluffy marshmallows! Great job!

  7. Wow, I’m going to have to try fish gelatin. Your marshmallows are gorgeous!

  8. Gorgeous marshies! So big and fluffy! Glad you conquered your gelatin fear 🙂
    Clara @ I♥food4thought

  9. Ooh, I’ve got to try the capp marshmallows with hot chocolate. Yes, you have sold me on it.

  10. Yes, those marshmallows look wonderful.

  11. omg!! those marshmallows look delicious! can you belive ive never had a chocolate marshmallow.

  12. sorry meant to say cappuccino – the color is so rich, like chocolate.

  13. They look great! Nice to know that fish gelatin works. The cappucino ones are next on my marshmallow list.

  14. Your marshmallows look delicious. I love how thick they are and they look so yummy swimming in the hot chocolate!

  15. Nice job! They look fabulous! I’m the same way…I can’t leave stuff alone!

  16. You and I had the same idea…mine are taking a bath in hot chocolate too.
    Yours turned out great.

  17. stunning marshmallows. they look divine.

    i never imagined such a thing as fish gelatine. Does it come from their bones? It must take an awful lot of fish to make up some gelatine.

  18. i also have to try the cappuccino marshmallows. They look great!!

  19. oh chocolatey goodness!!! they look wonderful!

  20. I’d love to have a mug full of your marshmallows right now, to combat this chilly day we’re having over here! They look good!

  21. Your marshmallows look really scrummy! I will have to give this version a try next time! I made peanut butter cookie smores with mine. TO die for!

  22. Wow. Gorgeous! I’m so jealous!

  23. Those look amazing! Great job!

  24. Steph, send some of these beauties, please! 🙂

  25. They are gorgous!

  26. WOW. That’s all I can say. You did a marvelous job!

  27. Very pretty! I agree that they are prettier when they are fatter and taller.

  28. What a beautiful shot of the hot cocoa and marshmallows! Great job and glad to hear the fish gelatin worked so well. I’ll have to try it, because gelatin scares me as well.

  29. *shudders*.. those look sooo good!!!

  30. WOW! Your marshmallows are gorgeous!

  31. Wow, how fluffy yours turned out! Great result, congrats

  32. I’ve never heard of fish gelatin, but that’s interesting! Your marshmallows look fabulous!

  33. Oh My!!! Those look amazing Steph!! Well done on the marshmallows and for tackling the job despite your fear of gelatin. They came out beautifully!! Does fish gelatin have a taste at all?? I’v never tried it so would be interested to find out 🙂 Your photos are stunning, especially the first one with the mug of hot chocolate. Those particular shades of blue and dark rich brown are my perfect colors, in fact I am wearing that shade tee shirt tonight!! 🙂

  34. They look absolutely fantastic! And I’ve never heard of fish gelatin, so thanks for posting about it. I’m going to look for it.

  35. Woah, those look PERFECT! Great job and great photos!

  36. beautiful! Those look delicious.

  37. Wow! They look almost like cakes so tall and fluffy and chocolatey! Very beautiful! 🙂

  38. hey–thanks for all the great comments! no, fish gelatin didn’t have any sort of suspiciously fishy taste or anything. has anyone else ever used it before?

  39. Wow; you really nailed it. I might pick up some fish gelatin and try out another batch for Passover!

  40. Wow, those are so high and fluffy and chocolatey!

  41. For a mouse shaped marshmallow look here:


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  42. What perfect little marshmallow cubes! I want to give the cappucino ones a try, too. Good job!

  43. mmm..that looks beautiful!

  44. Your marshmallows turned out great! They look delicious.

  45. Gorgeous BIG marshmallows! Scrumptious photos too!

  46. Wow, those look very pretty.

  47. Those came out beautifully!

  48. Bravo for those amazing marshmallows, the color is just magnificent!!

  49. That first photo looks like heaven….almost like a chocolate marshmallow soup! Mmmm!

  50. great photos … love them! fish gelatin? did it taste fishy? They look wonderful!

  51. Great looking marshmallows! I am a little jealous! Looks like you used Picnik on your photos!

  52. Nothing beats homemade marshmallows! You did a fantastic job! The blue cup is beautiful!

  53. I REALLY wanna see Lars and the Real Girl!

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