This time I got something incredibly fun to play with. A dinner and a show, a magic show!  I love to work with a theme and this menu included a homage to the rabbit, the magician’s traditional assistant, in the form of a spiced carrot soup with a twist. It was garnished with a toasted cardamom marshmallow.

The lovely thing about this dish was how the marshmallow melted into the soup as it was carried out to the tables. When it arrived the sweet cardamom flavour had started to swirl into the soup and the caramelized exterior remained unmelted. It was, a beautiful thing and delicious to boot!

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Carrot soup with toasted cardamon marshmallow

The kicker with this recipe, my planetary mixer was out of commission!  Marshmallows with a little hand mixer, where there is a will there is a way, and also a stubborn Chef who is a Taurus. 

Cardamom Marshmallows
(Without a planetary mixer!)
3Tbsp unflavored gelatin powder
1/2c + 2 Tbsp cold water
1Tbsp vanilla
1Tbsp cardamom powder
3/4 c. Water
1 1/4 c. Corn syrup
1 1/2 c. Sugar
Pinch of kosher salt
Powdered sugar and corn starch mixed in 2:1 ratio for dusting

Combine the gelatin and the cold water, use a bowl that allows for a good surface area of water and sprinkle the gelatin over. Let this bloom, then whisk until it’s this disgusting consistency, something like a badly thickened sauce. And don’t panic, it does get better than this.
In a pot combine 3/4 cup water with the corn syrup, sugar, salt. Bring to a boil and take it to softball stage 235 degrees F. Or when you take some on a spoon and chill the spoon on ice, it makes a soft candy ball that is very pliable. Stir in the vanilla and cardamom.
Pour the hot mixture over the gelatin goop you have going on, and start mixing with the hand mixer on high.
And keep going.
And going.
Yup, longer.
I think my mixer started smoking, so after 10minutes I had nice soft meringue type peaks but they weren’t holding enough so I continued to mix 5 more minutes while moving over a bowl of ice periodically.
That did the trick!
Pour into an oiled and powdered pan, let set the rest of the way.
Cut them into the shapes you want with a hot knife and toss them in the powdered sugar and cornstarch mix.

Homemade marshmallow, no egg white and no planetary mixer. Not AS fluffy as with a mixer, but every bit as delicious!

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