You may have seen my recent recipe for Golden Syrup Marshmallows. If not, don’t worry, you can check it out here! But I was so impressed with the results, I wanted to try pimping my mallows.
Growing up, at birthday parties, a staple on the food table was a creation called Top Hats – a petit four case with a small amount of chocolate in the bottom, a marshmallow placed in that, then a wee dollop of chocolate on top of the mallow, finished off with a smartie (orange ones were always the best!). Now these were always my favourite at parties and I wondered if these could translate well to the adult world – why should kids tea parties have all the fun?
So armed with my marshmallow recipe (see link above) I divided the mallow mix into three and coloured each division in colours that matched my nice new cupcakes cases. I wanted to use cupcake cases, as the petit four ones were always too small – so why not make a larger grown -up size?? I put the mallow mix into three icing bags. I had drawn circles on a piece of greaseproof paper which were slightly smaller than the cupcake bases and proceeded to pipe circles in decreasing sizes on the greased paper, resulting in multi-colour mallow pyramids. I dusted these liberally with my combo of icing sugar and cornflour and left them overnight.
The next day, they were nice and set. So I gently peeled each one from the paper and dusted again lightly. I then took some melted plain chocolate and spooned a small amount into the cases and placed the mallows on top. I then finished each one off with a small amount of chocolate on top. Now I looked for Giant Smarties and could not find them anywhere – have they been discontinued I wondered? So I opted for peanut M&M’s instead, placed them on top and let the chocolate set. The result was a chocolate mallow nutty mouthful of pleasure! Too good for the kids…
Sometimes I get blank faces when I say Top Hats – other people seem to have had their own names for them over the country and elsewhere – so I would love to know if you had ‘top hats’ and if you did – what did you call them?? Leave your answer below ta!