I've made various versions of marshmallow Easter treats over the years and this year I decided to try Marshmallow Easter Eggs. I got the idea from the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook but that recipe for marshmallow is a little to complicated and calls for some hard to find ingredients like gelatin leaves... so i decided to use my trusty Ina Garten marshmallow recipe and go from there. To make these eggs you will need some plastic pull apart eggs that are easily found this time of year.
I used the ones that are "real egg" sized. Also, prepare to get messy! Getting the gooey marshmallow into a piping bag then piping it into the plastic eggs then closing the eggs is a super sticky endeavor! Once you get that part done the rest is easy: let the marshmallow set up for a few hours or overnight then roll in colored sanding sugars. Here is how you can make your own.
You can find the marshmallow recipe that I used here. Start by opening up and washing all the plastic eggs then spray the insides with Pam. Set aside. Spray the inside of a large piping bag fitted with a large round tip with Pam. Set aside.
Marshmallow: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water. Let sit while you make the sugar syrup. In a small sauce pan combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/2 cup of water and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat up to high and cook the mixture until it reaches 240 on a digital thermometer. Remove from heat. With the mixer on low, slowly pour the hot syrup down the sides of the mixer and mix until the gelatin dissolves. Mix in the vanilla ( I also used Fiori Di Sicilia an orange/vanilla flavoring). Turn the mixer up to high and beat for around 15 minutes, until very thick and smooth.
Let the mixture cool slightly, then spray a silicon spatula with Pam and scoop the marshmallow into the piping bag. Try to keep the tip tucked under so the marshmallow doesnt squirt out, until all the marshmallow is in the bag. Quickly fill to the brim each cavity of the plastic eggs with the marshmallow. Fit the pieces together, wiping off the excess marshmallow, then set aside. Repeat with all the plastic eggs. Let the marshmallow eggs set up for several hour or overnight.
Filled plastic eggs, closed and cleaned up a little!
Sugar Coating: When the marshmallow has finished setting up, carefully pull the plastic egg apart, the marshmallow egg should easily come out with a little pull. Fill some dishes with colored sanding sugar and coat all sides of the marshmallow eggs. Store the marshmallow eggs in an airtight container at room temperature.