You know who you want your bridesmaids to be.
But you still need to ask them.
And you have been putting it off because you can't find a cute little bridesmaids gift that isn't going to be a significant portion of your wedding budget.
Well I have the best (and most delicious) bridesmaids gift for you!
Homemade Coconut & Vanilla Marshmallow with cutest little printable label! Because who doesn't want a gift to be tasty and look like it's come from a luxe boutique in Paddington.
- 2 tablespoons gelatin powder
- 2/3 cup of liquid glucose
- 1 vanilla bean (you can use vanilla essence to keep the cost down)
- 3 cups desiccated coconut
- 1.5 cups of icing sugar
- 1 rectangle tin approx. 20x30cm or 30x30cm
- glass of cold water OR a sugar/candy thermometer
Pour 1/2 cup of cold water into your electric mixer bowl and add your gelatin. Stir and allow it to dissolve.
Line your baking tray with baking paper (with extra on the sides so you can easily lift the marshmallow out of the tin!).
Place caster sugar, liquid glucose and the other 1/2 cup of water into a small saucepan and cook on a low heat. Keep stirring your sugar mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved you bring the mixture to boil and don't stir.
Now here you can use a sugar/candy thermometer to figure out when the mixture gets to 115 degrees Celsius...but I was cheap and bought a traditional style thermometer rather than a digital one and the numbers and scale is so small! So I used the water in the glass trick to figure out when the sugar was ready.
All you need is a glass of cold water and a little spoon. Once your sugar mixture has been boiling for about 6+ minutes I start testing the sugar by spooning a little bit of the mixture out of the saucepan and dropping it into the cold glass of water. Put your hand in the water and try to roll the mixture into a little ball using your fingers. At soft ball stage it will still be soft and squishy but it should be able to form a ball shape.
Once your mixture is at soft ball stage, you're ready to combine the sugar and gelatin. Have the bowl of dissolved gelatin being mixed on high under your electric mixer. Slowly add the hot sugar mixture to the gelatin bowl as it is being mixed.
Add your vanilla seeds (or vanilla extract/essence) and continue to mix your marshmallow until it's nice and fluffy.
Quickly spoon the sugar mixture into your baking tray with baking paper. Smooth the top of the mixture so it's even across the tin. Cover the top of the marshmallow with another layer of baking paper. Refrigerate your marshmallow for 2 hours (or until set*)
Scatter the desiccated coconut across a baking tray and toast in the oven (grill on low) for a few minutes. I time it for about 2-3 minutes and then check to see whether the coconut is a nice golden brown colour.
Once your marshmallow has set, pull it out of the fridge and lift it out of the pan. Pull the baking paper cover off the top of the marshmallow (the surface of the marshmallow will be nice and sticky. Mix your newly toasted coconut with your icing sugar and then scatter on top of the sticky marshmallow surface whilst it's still in the pan.
Lightly dust your chopping board with more icing sugar (this will just stop the marshmallow sticking to the board). Tip the marshmallow out of the pan and onto a chopping board (make sure it's face down i.e. the side covered with coconut is now touching the chopping board). Pull the rest of the baking paper off the marshmallow and cover the rest of the sticky surfaces with the toasted coconut and icing sugar mixture.
Cover a large sharp knife with oil or butter and use this to cut your marshmallow into cubes. As you cut the marshmallow into cubes, the newly cut sides will be sticky which is great for getting the coconut to hold onto the marshmallow. Now mix all the cubes in more of the toasted coconut and icing sugar mixture so all the little cubes are completely covered in a tasty coconut coat.
Print your cute little marshmallow labels (coloured printers!) onto white A4 sticker paper. You can print this at home or at your local print shop (keep in mind print shops tend to want to provide the sticker paper). Cut the labels out using the crop marks.
Fill little clear lolly bags (I used these great self-sealing ones from Kmart for only $1.50!) with the marshmallow cubes. Seal the bag and then roll the top of the bag down so there isn't a lot of empty space at the top. Use your newly printed marshmallow sticker across the top of the bag (with half of it being stuck to the front of the bag and half of it being stuck to the back).
Now take lots of photos of your new marshmallows and send them to me a @pipereastedesign so I get to see how yours turned out!!
* If your marshmallow doesn't set it's because you didn't cook your sugar for long enough or whip your sugar and gelatin together for long enough. Trust me, I know because my first attempt at this recipe didn't set. Still delicious but not as pretty a present...
This Coconut Vanilla marshmallow recipe is the perfect pretty gift to give your bridesmaids. They are going to help you with the biggest day of your life. It's not a small job (even if you're not a bridezilla!). Make sure they say yes by bribing them with this little sweet treat!
Did you like this recipe? And have you used my marshmallow printable label? I would love to see it!! Take a picture and tag me!
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