Vegan Marshmallow attempt #2

In the immortal words of 1066 And All That, it’s magnificent, but it’s not the railway station.  Which is to say that I did, in fact, succeed in making confectionery this time, and it even tastes good.  I just didn’t manage to make marshmallow…

Vegan un-marshmallow.  Tasty, and rather pretty, but manifestly not marshmallow.

I don’t know what I’ve made, to be honest.  It’s texture is so far from marshmallow that I’m not even sure what I’d need to do to get it there.  It isn’t light or elastic, the way a marshmallow should be, despite looking quite promising in the beating stage (it never actually formed peaks, however, though it seemed to come close)  It’s soft, a little grainy, almost mushy in texture – barely set.  It isn’t all that far from a thick, soft icing.  Quite good actually.  I know I’ve tasted something with this texture before, but I can’t think what.  My brain keeps telling me ‘coconut ice’, but I’m fairly sure that isn’t it.  Andrew says they remind him of Wizz Fizz, but I can’t think why – they don’t have the tang or the sourness (I suspect he’s just picking up on the pineapple flavouring in the yellow part).

From this…

… to this. So close, and yet so far…

It’s all very puzzling.  I’m not quite sure where to go from here.   I don’t know that adding more agar is going to help all that much, though I will try with just a little more.  I’m actually thinking now about coming from a different angle entirely, like making my basic agar jellies, and then whipping them as they cool to see if that helps.  Though, now I think of it, they aren’t all that elastic either.  Pectin is better but pectin needs acidity, and marshmallow isn’t acid.

I’m also tempted to see if I can find a fake egg-white substitute to see if that helps lighten the mixture.  Though I was hoping to create a recipe that would translate well between countries – you know, one which doesn’t rely on you being able to find a particular brand of something.

I’ll have to ponder this one a bit more.  In the meantime, I have blood orange jellies to make – not to mention kale and potato enchiladas and maybe even sfoof…

And, of course, the MasterChef finals start tonight!  I’m very excited – for one thing, I want to know who wins; for another, this means that in just over a week, I’ll have my evenings back!

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9 comments for “Vegan Marshmallow attempt #2

  1. Delirieuse
    July 24, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Maybe use some sort of gum? I think the vegan marshmallow mix I found once had gum in it, although I can’t recall if it was xanthan or guar gum.

    • July 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

      I have guar gum! Maybe I’ll try it with that next time.

  2. Iestyn
    July 25, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Thick fondant?

    One thing about Xanthan Gum. It is a known Colitic. Ingredient code 412, and has to be listed.

    • July 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

      A bit like that, yes.

      As for Xanthan Gum – eek! I’ll avoid that one.

  3. July 25, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Please post your kale recipe!

    • July 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

      Will do, though you’ll have to wait until tomorrow – I’m out all day and this evening.

  4. August 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Would a corn starch or arrowroot help to lighten and bind – I noticed there is some in the packet mix I used or do you already have some in the mix – I also remember the woman from angel foods saying it had to be quite sweet to help it hold together. Am watching your experiments with interest

    • August 8, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      My next experiment will use arrowroot, I think. Stay tuned!

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