Goodbye beautiful kitchen :(

marshmallow supremesThis last month has been crazy and a little stressful for myself.  I’m sure you’ve all been there.  Find out your moving to Russia after just purchasing a house and only living in it for 6 months, trying to show a house while relatives come to visit  and separate all your belongings into 3 separate shipments and then deal with an ulcer.  (okay…maybe it’s not an ulcer…but it sure feels like one…ooooooooh…maybe it’s anxiety)  Anyway, I was going to take a break from the Daring Bakers/Cooks for the month, but then I saw this month’s challenge and knew it was a sign to make one last treat in my lovely kitchen.   I do admit I did the bare minimum and only did half of the challenge and once I get settled I kitchenwill make the other half k?  Promise! 

To preface I just have to say my favorite treat in the whole world is the Marshmallow so I was thrilled to see that July’s Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Nichole at Sweet Tooth.  She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.  This has got to be one of the easiest recipes where the result is impressive.  I halved the cookie recipe as word on the street was that it made a ton.  I then moved on toheaven the marshmallow  recipe and realized I used my last egg and a half on the cookie.  Since we’re moving I’m down to the bare minimum and had no intention of buying any more eggs so I almost gave up, but then I remembered that I had meringue powder and went to town.  My marshmallows took quite a while to get stiff so I’m not sure if it was the meringue powder or just how it works.  When I thought it was done it piped perfectly.  Stiff enough to hold it’s shape yet soft enough to be delicious. (I don’ t think they really even need the chocolate) 

The hardest part was the dipping of the cookie in the chocolate.  Apparently I can’t do that very well nor can I pour the chocolate over the cookie without getting chocolate everywhere.  I’m talking EVERYWHERE.  I definitely need to get me some cocoa butter cause I know it would give the chocolate that perfect bite.  My chocolate never solidified without being put in the fridge.  Not so easy to eat unless you can fit in the fridge.   The result was fantastic regardless of the chocolate melting in your hand before you could eat it and boy and man LOVED them.  yummy


7 Responses to “Goodbye beautiful kitchen :(”

  1. July 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Wow, well done you for getting any of the challenge done this month! They look really cute. And you definitely don’t have to do both parts of the challenge!

  2. July 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Oh, I think sometimes making a mess is worth the time. Better chocolate than some other things right?
    Yummy looking cookies… good luck with your move.

  3. July 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Oh my, you have a lot on your plate right now. Your cookies look really good. I love the marshmallow ones the best. Good luck moving to Russia, it sounds so exciting.

  4. July 27, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Those look sooooo good. You’re making me wish I had made both now! Melty chocolate and all 🙂

  5. July 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Don’t feel bad about choosing to do half of the challenge. I did the same thing, and I don’t have the stress of an international move looming! Your marshmallows look wonderful. I’m glad you got to enjoy your kitchen one last time. Bon Voyage!

  6. July 31, 2009 at 11:36 am

    OMG, that is a lot of stress… poor you!! Hope it all works out well for you. You’ve done a fantastic job with the mallows, hope it de-stressed you a bit 🙂

  7. 7 apes
    August 14, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Despite the risk of sounding redundant, I am once again going to say WOW YOU ARE AMAZING. Seriously, I think you have perfected the art of food photography! You definitely have an eye for it, my friend. I love Love LOVE how your pictures just make me want to eat my computer monitor. Okay, that sounds a little psycho, but you know what I mean. 🙂 I think it’s pretty cool that you got to whip up one last fantastic cookie in your beautiful kitchen. And oh my, I concur, it certainly was beautiful . . . but don’t worry, someday you’ll have an even better kitchen and it will be right down the street from mine. 🙂 Ah, we can dream anyway, right? LOL. P.S. Please add this cookie to the list of tasty treats you are supposed to make for me.

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