These Deceiving Names!
These Banana Bread Marshmallows are soft, pillowy, and delicious treats with a breathtaking aroma of ripe bananas and spices. It’s like a slice of banana bread in you…coffee!
Well, banana bread in your coffee doesn’t sound very appealing to me. If it does to you, I cannot judge you, we are only humans (But…wait…seriously?)
As you can assume ain’t bread being involved in these marshmallows. It’s just another deceiving name. Like no monkeys or bananas being involved in Monkey bread.
I’ve already had some thoughts regarding this culinary issue. Recently, David has shared a recipe for delicious Italian Cream Cupcakes, and that post reminded me how food names could mislead us.
A coffee cake which doesn’t have any coffee? I don’t get it! Tea cakes or biscuits (Which are a very common thing in some countries including Russia) don’t make sense either. Would you like to say you cannot have a tea cake with coffee or milk or a coffee cake with tea? Count me out.
Next, pumpkin spice latte without any pumpkin (However, last year I found some places adding real pumpkin puree along with spices). Apple pie tea which has nothing to deal with a cake. Seriously, once I bought something called Apple Pie *** which had only cinnamon from all spices being used in a pie.
Banana Bread Marshmallows
On the other hand, I get it. Adding a few additional words to the name might sound and look eye-catching. Banana Bread Marshmallows sound more intriguing rather than just Banana Marshmallows. Also, SEO said this name was too short:)
Besides, these marshmallows are quite damn tasty. Please note that thanks to using banana mash, the marshmallows will have slightly heavier and less airy consistency than any other version. Like a banana bread!
Talking of banana bread, I’ve made it only once, and that was the recipe…David shared. What a coincidence, David!
Anyway, whatever you name these marshmallows, their taste will be great! For a summer version, grill some banana bread and top it with Banana Bread Marshmallows.
P.S. I also need to thank David for this post inspiration. I had been delaying with this recipe for a month cause I didn’t have any ideas for the post:)
- 2 midium very ripe bananas, pureed until smooth (about 2/3 cup pure)
- 3,5 tablespoons gelatin
- 2/3 cup cold water, divided
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon or to taste ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon or to taste ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- few drops of banana food extract/flavor
- pinch of tartar (optional)
- cooking spray (optional)
- 1/3 cup cornstarch, sifted
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- In a small bowl combine the gelatin, vanilla extract, spices, banana puree, and 1/2 cup of the water. Set aside until the syrup is ready. Keep it mind that thanks to bananas the gelatin mass would look heavy and lumpy. So before you start incorporating the hot syrup, you can beat that mass with a mixer, 20-30 sec.
- In a large saucepan set up the thermometer. Combine the corn syrup, sugar, and the remaining water and slightly mix just to incorporate the sugar into the wet components. Bring the mixture to a boil. Continue cooking over medium heat (do not mix!) until the thermometer reaches the "soft candy stage" or 238-240 degrees F. Immediately remove from heat.
- Working quickly, beat about 1/2 cup hot syrup into the gelatin mixture at low speed.
- As soon as the syrup has incorporated, add the remaining syrup and the a few drops of the banana flavor/extract (if desired) and increase speed to maximum. Beat until the mixture is thick (it should form gentle peaks), fluffy and glossy, for about 7-10 (It may requite a little less or more time) minutes.
- In a meanwhile, coat a baking pan (8x8 inch or less, for thicker layer) with the cooking spray. Generously dust the form with the mixture of the starch and sugar powdered.
- As soon as you have finished whipping the cream, pour it into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Dust the top with the additional starch. Let it stand for at least 3-4 hours, until firm to a touch. Remove from the pan and slice into desired size cubes (Using a pizza knife would make it easy).