So, here’s what the plan was for what was supposed to be yesterday’s blogpost: a recipe for some delicious homemade marshmallows. I was going to make them yesterday, they were going to turn out great and I was going to delight you all with the pictures and the not-too-difficult way of making them.
That didn’t turn out quite as I expected.
Add to that the fact that I tried (and failed miserably) to bake a peanut butter and chocolate two-minute-microwave cake-in-a-mug earlier this week, and this post was born!
Last Thursday I bought a wonderful little cookbook for my cousin, with recipes for mug cakes that only take about two minutes to bake in the microwave. Before I wrapped it to give it to her that same evening, I figured I should give one of the recipes a try. I’d never made a mug cake before and was quite curious as to the process and result! The chocolate mug cake with a heart of peanut butter seemed pretty delicious, so I went for that one.
It was only after I’d melted the butter and the chocolate that I realised I was all of out eggs… So instead of running to the store to get some eggs, I decided to look for an easy way to replace eggs with some other ingredient. Turns out, you can replace one egg with three tablespoons of peanut butter (or so they say).
Again, that didn’t turn out quite as I’d hoped.
Conclusion: I should’ve just biked to the supermarket real quick to buy some eggs.
As soon as I opened the door of the microwave, the cake collapsed and lost about a third of its size. Its taste was… alright, but very peanut butter-y (what a surprise), and it was really dry and filling: I felt as if I’d eaten an entire cake after only a few tiny bites. Needless to say, I did not finish it. Experiment failed. Next time, I’ll use eggs.
It’s more difficult to pinpoint where I went wrong exactly with these marshmallows, but the only thing I can think of is that the gelatin powder had expired or something, or I didn’t use enough (or too much) egg whites.
Either way, these marshmallows (or “moistmellows”, as a friend decided to call them) were way too moist and runny still, even though I left them to cool and set all the way overnight instead of the two hours the recipe indicated. It was just no use to try and make something of it — this was a definite baking fail.
Perhaps I’ll try to make them again some time, but not for a little while. To be honest, these stupid marshmallows kind of bummed me!
How about you? Did you have any baking fails recently? Or do you have any tips for me for the next time I try to make marshmallows? They’re more than welcome!