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Blood orange marshmallows with sherbet dip

The colour of these marshmallows very much depends on the depth of colour in your blood oranges - add a drop or two of pink food colouring if you want a more intense result. Ensure your sieve, bowl and container are completely dry when making the sherbet; otherwise it will lose its fizz. You could also set the marshmallow in an oiled 10cm x 24cm loaf tin instead of piping it.

You'll need

100 ml strained blood orange juice Finely grated rind of 1 blood orange 1 tbsp liquid glucose 290 gm caster sugar 2 eggwhites 6 titanium-strength gelatine leaves, softened in cold water for 5 minutes 100 gm icing sugar 10 gm cornflour   Sherbet dip 100 gm pure icing sugar 20 gm citric acid 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda Finely grated rind of 1 blood orange


  • 01
  • Stir juice, rind, glucose and 200gm sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, bring to the boil and cook, without stirring, until syrup reaches 127C on a sugar thermometer (7-9 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, whisk eggwhite and a pinch of salt in an electric mixer until soft peaks form, then gradually add remaining sugar and whisk until glossy.
  • 03
  • Remove syrup from heat, squeeze excess water from gelatine, add to syrup and stir to dissolve. Whisking on low-medium speed, gradually add gelatine mixture to eggwhite mixture, then whisk on high speed until thick and cooled to room temperature (15-20 minutes). Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm nozzle (you can use fluted or plain), then pipe 4cm-diameter x 3cm-high mounds onto trays lined with baking paper and stand until set (1-2 hours).
  • 04
  • Sieve icing sugar and cornflour into a bowl. Line airtight containers with baking paper, dust with icing sugar mixture, then arrange marshmallows in single layers, dust with icing sugar mixture and seal until required.
  • 05
  • For sherbet dip, combine ingredients in a dry food processor, pass through a fine sieve into a dry bowl and store in an airtight container until required. Pass through a coarse sieve just before serving with marshmallows for dipping.

At A Glance

  • Serves 18 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 18 people

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