Q: As a new confectioner, I love baking cakes with fondant decoration. You probably know that it is made of either sugar powder or marshmallows. My husband adores his morning coffee with marshmallows. So my question here is if I can microwave marshmallows to prepare or melt them fast? You know, I tend to do many things very quickly when it comes to cooking. The microwave oven is something I definitely need when I work with marshmallows.
How to Make Marshmallow Fondant in the Microwave?
If you place the marshmallow in the microwave for 15 seconds, it will increase in size several times and become soft and viscous.
Besides being a dessert for tea, cocoa drink or hot chocolate, or even being roasted at the open fire, marshmallow is widely used to make a beautiful sweet high-quality elastic fondant for cakes and is considered one of the best whiskey snacks!
With the help of the microwave oven, the recipe turns to be incredibly simple.
- Take 90-100 grams of mini marshmallows, add a couple of spoons of water, and melt the mass in the microwave oven for 40-50 seconds.
- Pour 500 grams of sugar powder into the melted mixture, knead the tight dough. Stop mixing when the fondant does not stick to your hands.
- Wrap the fondant in a film and put it in a cold place. You can start modeling your confectionery masterpieces as soon as in half an hour.
What is Marshmallow?
Marshmallow is a very delicious sweet paste in different sizes and shapes.
This is not only an appetizing but also a healthy treat. The benefits and harms of marshmallow are estimated by sweet teeth and nutritionists.
There is no fat at all in the marshmallows. Only fruit pulps, protein, sugar and natural thickeners like pectin, agar-agar or gelatin are used for their production.
Despite the fact that there are no vitamins in the marshmallows, they are still rich in iron, phosphorus and other nutrients for the body.
Marshmallows possess some indisputable benefits, namely they:
- Lower amount of cholesterol in body vessels
- Remove toxic substances, as well as salts and heavy metals from the body
- Increase body resistance to various diseases
- Are useful for nails and hair
- Are dietary product if based on agar-agar
- Improve liver and brain functions
What Are the Cons of Marshmallows?
Do not forget that marshmallows contain a lot of sugar.
Therefore, excessive use of it will lead you to obesity.
Also, this product is forbidden to diabetic patients. But for them, marshmallows, where glucose is replaced by fructose, exist.
When purchasing marshmallows, pay attention to their color. If you do not want to feed your body with artificial colors, we recommend that you buy a light white marshmallow.
Pink or other multicolored delicacy is guaranteed to contain chemical components.
Marshmallow in chocolate glaze or coconut chips is also far from the most useful product since it has a much higher calorie content.
They can also cause allergic reactions to certain components in the composition.
Apart from that, marshmallows are forbidden to those who suffer from a violation of carbohydrate metabolism.
After all, this airy delicacy contains many simple carbohydrates.
Can I Microwave Marshmallows Twice?
You can microwave marshmallows to the condition where they just puff up.
Then you quickly take them out of the microwave to eat or see them deflate back as they cool down.
If you aim at melting marshmallows, then you place a big bowl of it in the microwave oven for 30 seconds, stir and continue the process until they become a sticky mass.
In this case, you won’t be able to microwave marshmallows one more time, unlike the situation when you transform your sticky marshmallow mass into the fondant for cakes.
In the fridge, you can store the marshmallow fondant for up to 3 months.
You will simply warm them up in the microwave if necessary and, again, knead with powdered sugar.