7/18/2016

Melie's Kitchen + A Recipe You Need In Your Life




-Cover Photography image c/o Tam West and Penguin Random House, Recipe photo x Nana Wintour

If you're a bit of a baking enthusiast and are one of those people who loves having pictures of stunning, edible creations in their Instagram feed, you will be familiar with Melie's Kitchen. Amelia Ferrier is the talented young lady behind the 'grams and what are quite frankly amazing looking cake creations. She's recently released her first book, also named Melie's Kitchen. It's absolutely stunning and as well as her cakes, there's a range of biscuits, slices and savoury creations featured throughout. 

Today I've partnered with Penguin Random House* to bring you one of the recipes from Melie's Kitchen. It's one I made myself last week and it tastes amazing. In fact, it was only around in our pantry for less than 24 hours after I made it. For the most part it's very easy to make but if you're new to making homemade marshmallow, be patient. Mine didn't work out so I ended up abandoning it from the recipe. Otherwise, this isn't too tricky. 

Here's the recipe for Puffed Rice, Peanut Butter Fudge and Marshmallow bars. Let me know if you end up making these! I'd love to see your creations as well. Anyway, recipe is below:

For the puffed rice base
2 cups puffed rice
¼ cup caster sugar
35g honey
35g golden syrup
70g butter
1 tablespoon milk
¼ teaspoon salt
For the peanut butter fudge
¾ cup icing sugar
25g butter, cubed
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup cream
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup smooth peanut butter
For the cocoa-swirled marshmallow
4 tablespoons cold water
1½ teaspoons powdered gelatine
½ cup caster sugar
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon premium Dutch cocoa powder, sifted
To decorate
250g dark chocolate (50% cocoa), roughly chopped
cup roasted salted peanuts, finely chopped
flaky sea salt (optional)
Grease a 20cm square slice tin and line with baking paper. Line a chopping board with baking paper. Set aside.
To make the puffed rice base, put the puffed rice in a large bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan over a medium-high heat, stir together the sugar, honey, golden syrup, butter, milk and salt, and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Remove from the heat and immediately pour over the puffed rice. Quickly fold into the puffed rice and spoon into the prepared tin. Press down firmly with a spoon or the base of a measuring cup, making sure the surface is level. Refrigerate while you make the peanut butter fudge.
To make the peanut butter fudge, put the icing sugar in a large bowl and set aside. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, cream and salt, and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat. Whisk in the peanut butter. Pour the mixture over the icing sugar and stir thoroughly to combine. Pour over the puffed rice base and spread out evenly. Gently tap the tin against the bench a few times to level out the surface. Chill in the freezer while you make the cocoa-swirled marshmallow.
To make the cocoa-swirled marshmallow, put half of the water into a small bowl. Sprinkle over the gelatine and set aside. Combine the sugar and remaining water in a small saucepan over a medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Whisk in the gelatine and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add salt. Whisk for about 4–5 minutes, until soft and doubled in volume. Fold in the cocoa powder to create a marbled effect. Spread over the peanut butter fudge and leave to set in the freezer for about 30 minutes, until the marshmallow is firm enough to hold its shape when cut.
Remove the slice from the tin and peel off the baking paper. Using a knife dipped in hot water, slice into bars roughly 4cm x 10cm. Refrigerate while you melt the chocolate.
Put the chocolate into a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until fully melted. Remove from the heat and pour into a small but deep bowl. Dip each bar into the melted chocolate, using two forks to help lower them in and out of it. Lift each bar out and carefully tap against the side of the bowl to allow the excess chocolate to drip off. Place on the prepared chopping board and carefully sprinkle over the chopped peanuts and a little salt, if desired, don the middle of the bar. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes, until the chocolate has set.
If stored in an airtight container in the fridge, these bars will keep for up to a week.

*This post is in no way sponsored however I did receive a copy of Melie's Kitchen and was provided 
the recipe by Penguin Random House. All love of sweet treats and baking in general are my own.

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