Have you heard of Dollhouse Bake Shoppe? Well, it is a very cute blog and store with tutorials for cake pops and all things cute.
Lindsay Ann from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe invited me to participate in a “virtual” Valentine’s Party.
1. I love the name Lindsay Ann. I have decided to shift my middle name to my first. From this point going forward, you will call me Jasmin Rebecca. Okay, probably doesn’t work quite as well. 5-syllables.
2. I had to look up what a virtual party is. I am so sheltered. But now, I am not only in the know, I am cool enough to get invited to the hottest parties. Eat your heart out Paris Hilton.
3. Valentine’s Day is a challenge for me. I roll my eyes at romantic movies, and decided pink and purple were no longer my favorite color by age 11 (replaced by blue and green). How will I create something that says, “love”?
There are two things I am certain of:
1. The best part of Valentine’s day as a child was not receiving the candy, but making those silly cards in art. The more glitter the better. Glitter was like a drug for me. Imagine me, but much smaller and bowl cut bangs (thanks, Dad) dumping glitter in wide-eyed hysterics. I would bite any classmate who tried to grab the glitter first. Those flecks adhered itself to my skin and hair for the better part of the year.
2. I LOVE my stuffed strawberry recipes, so why not create a Valentine’s version of the food that I feel unconditional affection for?
And so, my marshmallow filled strawberries (covered in glitter, of course) were born. By the way, there is no gluten in these in case you have an allergy or special diet.
Please feel free to join me at the virtual Valentine’s Day party. I will be spiking the punch and double dipping my chips in the dip. If you’re lucky, maybe I’ll freestyle rap about glitter. Red glitter. Not pink or purple.
Here’s What You Need For Your Marshmallow Filled Strawberries,
FOR THE MARSHMALLOW
-store-bought marshmallow cream (Fluff is one brand, but there are probably more natural versions out there)
cook you own as I always do and experience the most heavenly thing you have ever tasted
-2 egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
- 1/2 cup of corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 cup of sugar (granulated..you know the kind people put in their coffee) + another 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1/6 cup of water
*Obviously marshmallow cream from the store is quicker if you are an impatient cook, or don’t want to buy a candy thermometer. The home-made version tastes much better, so weigh your options. You do not even have to use marshmallow at all if it isn’t your thing.
- good quality dark chocolate
- either red candy melts OR a red candy pen (Both can be found at baking supply stores, some iParty stores, or arts & craft stores. William Sonoma sells a few colors in candy pens as well.)
- red disco dust (this is like an edible glitter, I purchase mine at baking supply stores or online. Google it.)
- strawberries (larger ones are better, since they hold more strawberries but medium strawberries are fine. Heck, even small ones works so long as you don’t need a ton of marshmallow.)
Begin by making your marshmallow. You need a candy thermometer.
Grab your marshmallow ingredients.
Toss the egg whites and cream of tartar into a clean mixing bowl.
Mix on low to medium low.
As soon as the egg whites begin to froth up, slowly add the tablespoon of sugar.
Stop once soft peaks form when you lift the mixer attachment out of the egg whites.
Now pour 1/6 cup of water (I know, odd measurement.. just fill the water halfway up to the 1/3 of a cup marking), corn syrup and the 1/4 cup of sugar into a sauce pan. Attach a candy thermometer.
Heat on medium, stirring occasionally.
If you have not used a candy thermometer, do not be afraid. It is a very useful tool, and some even measure oil temperature for frying food. You set it either at a temperature, or certain candy stages. For this, you would set it at “firm-ball stage.” Cheaper candy thermometers only have a thermometer, so you need to keep an eye on it as it will not beep once it has reached temperature.
Once the mixture has reached 245 degrees, turn off heat and IMMEDIATELY remove from stove. Use something heat–safe to grab the sauce pan by its handle.
Turn the mixer on low (with the egg white still in the bowl) and slowly pour the sugar into the egg white.
A stand alone mixer works nicely for this.
Keep in mind that once you remove the sugar from the heat you need to work pretty quickly. The sugar begins to hard as it cools. Don’t freak out or anything. Just have everything prepped and move efficiently
Once the mixture is poured in, increase mixer speed to high and beat for about 4-5 minutes. Add the vanilla.
Now cut your strawberries.
1. Rip the stem off.
2. Slice in half down the middle.
3. Use a small knife to cut out the middle of each half (top right-hand corner).
4. Stick a toothpick through each half to attach them.
5. Optional: throw a little disco dust inside.
6. Use a butter knife, small knife or spoon to scoop marshmallow into each half.
Here’s a closer view of the steps.
*Tip: Before scooping marshmallow into strawberry, use a paper towel to dry out as much of the liquid from the strawberry as possible. It will make it easier to coat with chocolate.
Now to melt your chocolate. If you are not picky about the appearance of your chocolate, simply break it up and melt in a double boiler. This is a sauce pan filled with water. A glass bowl is placed on top so that the water is in contact with the bottom of the bowl. Turn on the heat to low. Stir chocolate until melted and smooth.
If you want to have glossy chocolate that snaps nicely and looks more professional, you want to temper your chocolate. Do the same as above, but place in only half of your chocolate. It also helps to chop it into smaller pieces than in the photo.
Now you need to use a chocolate thermometer to measure the temperature. You could always use a digital candy thermometer, but it won’t necessarily be as accurate or register at a lower temperature required for chocolate. It’s up to you.
Click here to understand the difference between a candy thermometer and a chocolate thermometer.
Melt chocolate in double boiler until it reaches about 116 degrees for dark chocolate.
Remove from heat. Stir constantly, adding in the other half of the chocolate. Add a few chopped pieces a little at a time, until it is melted in. Then add a little more.
Measure the temperature from time to time, and continue to stir constantly. It will be a little bit of a workout for your arm.
Once the temperature lowers to about 85 degrees.
Place back onto pan with water and warm up, but only a few degrees (up to 90 degrees). The chocolate is ready to use. If it begins to set, feel free to warm it back up again, but no higher than 90 degrees.
Temper or not, your strawberries will taste amazing.
Make sure the strawberries are dry (use paper towel) before covering in chocolate.
If you wanted to, you could stop now and simply remove the strawberries. Or, you can cover the top side as well.
Turn strawberries over, remove toothpicks and dollop more chocolate on top. Push the chocolate so that it pours down the sides.
Using a cooling rack for cookies is very helpful.
If you want to glitter up your strawberries, melt your red candy melt or candy pen (directions on back of pen). Drizzle on top of strawberry and then pour disco dust over.
Once the red chocolate hardens, pickup strawberry and shake off excess glitter.
If you are looking to make a quicker version here is a summary of shortcuts:
-skip the glitter, and even the red chocolate drizzle
-don’t worry about tempering the chocolate and simply melt it
-buy a marshmallow cream instead of making it
yum. So much better than those stinky boxes of chocolate.
You can’t go wrong with glitter. Unless we are referring to the movie. Then you can.
See you February 5th!!
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