Definition: like a snowball, but with white chocolate flavoured coating. Oh, and much, much, much bigger.
After several weeks of trying to think of a suitable pimp, we decided to let the pimp deciding come to us. A trip down the local co-op saw our inspiration in all its shining glory – Snowcakes in a bargain bin for 99p!
So…on with the pimping.
1lb caster sugar
1lb self raising flour
¼ pint milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
4lb granulated sugar
3 pints water
4 tbsp liquid glucose
16 fl oz water
4 oz gelatine
8 egg whites
4 tsp vanilla essence
Corn flour to coat
Icing sugar to coat
10oz of fruit jam
17oz white chocolate
Estimated Cost: £15.00
First, we creamed the caster sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, folded in the flour and added the milk and vanilla essence until the mixture had formed a dough. This was placed onto a lined baking sheet and formed into round biscuit like shape. BEWARE, the biscuit will flatten and spread so it needs to be made smaller than the mould intended for use for the marshmallow.
This needs to go into a hot oven at 180c and cooked for 45 mins or until golden brown.
Place with sugar, water and liquid glucose into a heavy bottomed pan and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring slowly to the boil, making sure the liquid turns clear. The mixture needs to be brought up to 130 degrees C. This takes around an hour and a thermometer is suggested. We don’t suggest you drop the electric thermometer into the boiling sugar as it will break. However, quickly taking said thermometer out of boiling sugar, wiping, taking apart, wiping inside, putting back together and placing back in sugar just in time for the correct temperature to be reached is possible. We also suggest you take this sugar boiling time to eat your lunch and prepare yourself for the long day and night of Snowcake making ahead ahead.
Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
When the sugar is nearly at the correct temperature, heat the gelatine and water together gently until clear. Stir this into the sugar mixture being careful as it bubbles violently in dispute.
Whisk all this slowly and evenly into the egg whites. You may wish to purchase an electric mixer for this stage, unless you want to push your whisking arms to the limit as we did and do it by hand.
Add the vanilla essence to give a more marshmallow-y taste and turn mixture into a bowl thickly lined with a mixture of corn flour and icing sugar. Leave to set.
Melt some of the chocolate in a Bain Marie and spread to onto bottom of biscuit, sprinkle coconut over chocolate. Leave to set.
After looking at the ingredients on the bottom of the Snowcake packet we discovered that apple and raspberry jam was used. However, it was too late and we had already used strawberry jam. This needs to be spread – preferably sans lumpy fruit pieces – in a circle onto the biscuit keeping an inch or two inside the edges.
Once the marshmallow has set, attempt to remove from bowl by first bashing the bowl, then placing in hot water and then bashing metal bowl again until a massive dent is formed on the bottom. Marshmallow will not budge throughout this process. Revert to science theories of suction and stick skewer down the side of bowl and the marshmallow until it flops spectacularly out onto corn flour and icing sugar scattered surface. Whoop with joy and then put back into bowl with extra flour and sugar mixture inside.
Next, consider how much the jam will splodge everywhere when the marshmallow is placed on top. Avoid this by scooping out a shallow circle of marshmallow from the bottom where the jam will sit inside. BEWARE, marshmallow is incredibly sticky and will stick to everything in sight.
Turn marshmallow out onto hands and place on to biscuit and jam.
Melt the rest of the chocolate in a bain marie until smooth. Pour on top on half formed Snowcake and spread in a clever back and forth motion. Sprinkle rest of coconut over the Snowcake and Viola!!
Arm yourself with several knives of various sizes and blade types. Hack at Snowcake until through. Present with cross section of mini Snowcake. Attempt to eat and pawn off the rest on any unsuspecting person you vaguely know who would like all their fillings extracted by a cement like biscuit.