Friday, 3 February 2017

Chocolate Marshmallow Teacakes.

Chocolate Marshmallow Teacakes are a firm favourite in the UK.  They are readily available in all supermarkets.  Basically a chocolate marshmallow teacake  is a shortbread type biscuit with a dome of a marshmallow type meringue and then covered in chocolate, either dark or milk.  The usual size is big enough for two or three bites.  For mine they will be larger, as I am using a recipe from BBC Food.  This calls for silicone moulds 3 inches in diameter, but the only one I could find was 2.5 inches in diameter, so I had to adapt things a little.

I did make them the other day as a trial and they turned out well, but the process turned rather messy.  So for the video I changed things slightly.  One thing was that the biscuits may shrink in baking, so making a biscuit the same diameter as the moulds may mean they will be slightly too small  In today's effort I actually cut out biscuits that were 3 inches in diameter, and then halfway through baking them I took them out and used a 2.5 cookie cutter to reduce the size.  That worked well, so I had exactly the right size.

The other change I made was that instead of putting the biscuits in the melted chocolate and coating them all over I actually placed them on a wire rack and coated the top and sides and let them harden, then I turned them over and spread melted chocolate on the bottoms.  That worked well too, and was less messy than previously.

The eventual outcome was very pleasing, with the sweetness of the marshmallow, the texture of the biscuit and the slight bitterness of the dark chocolate all working together to give a wonderful treat.
Chocolate Marshmallow Teacakes


Chocolate Marshmallow Teacakes - Video
Ingredients:
  • 400g/14oz dark chocolate with around 40% cocoa solids
  • 50g/1¾oz wholemeal flour
  • 50g/1¾oz plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 25g/1oz caster sugar
  • 25g/1oz butter
  • 2 tbsp milk
For the marshmallow:
  • 3 free-range eggs, whites only
  • 150g/5½oz caster sugar
  • 6 tsp golden syrup
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ vanilla pod, seeds only
Method:
  1. Melt 300g/10½oz of the dark chocolate in a bowl set over a simmering pan of water (make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water). Melting the chocolate over a soft heat stops the chocolate from discolouring later on. 
  2. Leave aside to cool slightly - you can’t line the moulds if the chocolate is too runny.
  3. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.
  4. To make the biscuits, put the flours, salt, baking powder and caster sugar into a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips. 
  5. Add the milk, 1 tbsp at a time and stir everything together to form a smooth ball. (you may not need the 2nd tablespoon of milk).
  6. On a floured surface roll out the dough to about 5mm/¼in thick. 
  7. Cut out six rounds with a 7.5cm/3in straight sided round cutter.
  8. Place the rounds on a flat plate or board and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  9. Make sure the biscuits are perfectly round and well chilled, otherwise they might spread or shrink when baked.
  10. Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes. They do need to be hard, not soft as they form the base of the teacake. If your moulds are smaller than 3 inches then half way thru baking cut the biscuits down to size using a smaller cookie cutter.
  11. Remove the biscuits from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  12. Coat the inside of the moulds with the melted chocolate. The thickness of the chocolate should be enough to make them sturdy but not too thick. This is best done with a spoon, using the back to run the chocolate around the moulds. If the chocolate is too runny it will mean that the top of the dome is too thick and the side too thin.
  13. Set aside to set. Do not put the domes in the fridge as the chocolate will lose its shine.
  14. Meanwhile dip the cooled biscuits in the remaining melted chocolate, covering them completely (you may need to melt more chocolate). You can either dip the biscuits in the chocolate or spread the chocolate onto the biscuits with a palette knife. Place the coated biscuits onto parchment paper.
  15. For the marshmallow, place all of the ingredients in a large bowl set over a pan of simmering water (make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water), and whisk with an electric hand whisk for 6-8 minutes, making sure it is smooth, silky and doubled in volume. Make sure it is very stiff, the consistency of whipped cream, so it will hold when piped - you don’t want it runny.
  16. Spoon the marshmallow mixture into a piping bag.
  17. Melt the remaining chocolate, and place into a disposable piping bag with a sealed end. Set aside to cool and stiffen up a bit, but not harden.
  18. Peel the biscuits off the parchment and place them onto clean parchment, flat side down.
  19. Pipe the marshmallow into each chocolate-lined mould just up to the top.
  20. Snip a 2cm/¾in end off the piping bag with the chocolate in it.
  21. Carefully pipe some chocolate on the marshmallow and a rim of chocolate around the biscuit base and swiftly place the biscuit on top of the marshmallow filled dome. Smooth the join with a knife.
  22. Leave the teacakes to set until completely cool and sealed together.
  23. Very carefully remove the completed teacakes from the mould – be careful of fingerprints on the glossy dome.
  24. Place on a plate and keep cool – but do not refrigerate, to make sure the chocolate keeps its glossy shine.

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