Easter is here! Easter has different meanings for everyone. For many a great four day weekend for boating, fishing and camping. For others - a family gathering that may only come once or twice a year. And for quite a few of us the most important event on the religious calendar when our Lord Jesus died on the cross for us. For many children it is a time of great feasting on chocolate bunnies and eggs! And why not, it is a time of rejoicing and celebrating.
Every year I have a bit of fun producing this family of marshmallow bunnies for my children. Sometimes they help - more often than not they just simply devour!
These bunny molds are easily available from good kitchen shops in large, medium and small sizes.
After oiling the molds ( and the instructions that come with the molds specifically says not to oil but I am yet to find someone who can remove the marshmallow without oiling so ignore that) I make a simple marshmallow recipe adapted from the Womens Weekly Cookbook.
1 1/2 tablespoons gelatine
95ml cup cold water
190ml hot water
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Put cold water in bowl. Gradually stir in gelatine; let stand 5 minutes. Put hot water and sugar in large saucepan Bea sure to use a fairly large saucepan because as it boils it will come up the sides quite quickly so watch it carefully. Stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Add gelatine mixture, stir over low heat until gelatine has dissolved. Bring to boil, boil gently uncovered, 9 minutes. Remove pan from heat, let cool to lukewarm. Put mixture into bowl of electric mixer, add vanilla and lemon juice. Beat on high speed 5 minutes or until thick and creamy. It may take longer if it is still a bit warm.
You can colour and flavour your marshmallow any way you like. I prefer the lemony, vanilla taste so I leave it plain. Now this quantity should fill a large bunny, 2 medium bunnies and 4 baby bunnies with a little bit let over for the cook!
Set the marshmallow in the fridge.
The bunnies will remove easily (if you remembered to oil the molds!) by holding the mold in one hand and picking up the exposed marshmallow on the tips of your fingers. A very sticky job, indeed!
Don't panic if there are air bubbles on your marshmallow, a bit of food colour and a ton of coconut will hide everything.
This part is the fun bit.Get out all your food colour a couple of paint brushes and call the kids! You can really do what you want but I like to outline the features of the bunnies in some very unrealistic colours!
Then all you need to do is roll your bunnies in coconut and arrange on some green tinted coconut "grass".
So from my family to yours have a safe, happy and blessed Easter.